After weeks of uncertainty, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has finally decided to defer the controversial Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) to August next year. The decision was taken at a meeting between the organisers SLC and commercial-rights owners Somerset Entertainment Ventures.
In place of the SLPL, SLC will hold the usual inter-provincial Twenty20 tournament featuring five domestic sides without involving any overseas players.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have confirmed the dates for the first edition of the Sri Lanka Premier League will be from July 19 to August 4, 2011. The seven provinces will play 24 matches over the 18 days, all of which will be telecast live globally. That suggests a format in which all the teams will play each other once in a league stage, before two semi-finals and a final.
Sri Lankan Cricket stung by the refusal of the Indian cricket authorities to release their players for next month's Sri Lankan Premier League T20 tournament have started to rope in more Pakistani cricketers for the event.