The Board of Control for Cricket in India has once again flexed its muscles by barring all Indian players from taking part in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League.
The newly established SLPL is due to take place from July 19 until August 4 in Colombo and several international stars like Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Vettori and Herschelle Gibbs are expected to take part.
Indian players Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin and Irfan Pathan have also indicated that they want to play in the tournament and the BCCI initially said they were free to take part as long as there was no conflict with the international or domestic schedule.
However, the board has had a change of heart as they feel the SLPL is being organised by a “private party”.
“We took the decision at an informal meeting of 18-20 members held yesterday that no Indian cricketer will be given permission to take part in the league as it is being organised by a private party based in Singapore,” Board of Control for Cricket in India President Shashank Manohar told the Press Trust of India on Sunday.
“The Board’s policy is not to allow players to take part in private party-organised tournaments.
“We have already informed Sri Lanka Cricket about it.”
Sri Lanka Cricket has hit back at the allegations at Somerset are running the tournament.
“This tournament is approved by SLC. And Somerset are the marketing arm, having won the rights through a tender process. Nobody can say it is owned by Somerset,” SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga is quoted by PTI.
“We need to explain the matter to the BCCI and whatever the concerns that they have, we need to give them an explanation. Cricket365