Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan said, that Indian Cricketers could participate in the newly launched Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), if the hosts make such a proposal.
The tournament will start in August 10th – 31st this year at Colombo and Pallekele. Each of the seven provincial teams will be allowed a maximum of six overseas players in their squads and four in their playing XI.
“Last time around, there were specific reasons why the BCCI could not support the tournament”. “This time, if there are any proposals made, we will examine it. And we have to be satisfied that the doubts and problems we had last time will not continue”.
BCCI & SLC was willing to back the Indian players’ contracts so that their financial interests were protected, but that was not enough to satisfy the BCCI. The tournament had to be postponed.
N Srinivasan chose not to comment on why the deal collapsed last year. The success of the Indian Premier League has led to the mushrooming of similar Twenty20 leagues in Bangladesh and Australia. However, Indian players have been absent from both.
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