Mumbai, June 21: The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) may be against allowing Indian players to participate in the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) over concerns that it is being managed by a "private party" and not Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC). But that hasn't deterred the Indian board from reserving a spot for the winner of the tournament in the Champions League 2011 (which is jointly managed by India, South Africa and Australia).
However, according to a press release by the CL20, half-a dozen teams from Sri Lanka, India, the West Indies and New Zealand will take part in a qualifying tournament this year. But as far as SLC is concerned, the winner of the SLPL ought to automatically be handed a berth in the CL.
The SLPL is the sole T20 domestic tournament in Sri Lanka, having replaced the previous tournament, so if a Sri Lanka team is to participate in the CLT20 at all, it must come from the SLPL.
The BCCI had originally stated it had no qualms with the proposed league and that Indian players could take part, as long as there was no conflict with India's international or domestic schedule.
However, on Saturday, the BCCI den ied permission to the 12 Indian cricketers who'd sought No-Objection Certificates to participate in the SLPL on the grounds that it is Somerset Ventures, a Singapore-based event management, which would be handling the contracts for international players. But SLC contents that it alone is organising the tournament while Somerset only posses the commercial rights.