Mumbai, June 29: The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) usually seems like a tough nut to crack when it comes to controversial decisions. The latest such dispute surrounds its refusal to back down on its stance of barring Indian players from taking part in the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) next month.
The ostensible grouse behind this rigid position is that a third private party - Somerset Entertainment Ventures (SEV) - has won the commercial rights of the tournament which leaves the SLC with perceptibly little stake in the tournament's management. However, the BCCI seems to have conveniently forgotten that IMG, another private company, is involved with the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is run by the India board.
"What they are saying is there is another party involved. There is no logic, " points out Sri Lanka sports minister Somachandra de Silva. "What about the IPL tournament? There is another party involved - IMG. What is IMG doing with IPL?"
What's even more baffling is that the SLC is just requesting subsidiary Indian players for the tournament while some of Lanka's first-choice players were sent late on their tour of England as they were playing in the IPL4 earlier this year.
"Even our captain didn't go on tour with the team. The captain went after that. So I sincerely hope the Indian cricket board will think about it again and release these players. This is not a long tournament. It is only 16 days, " an exasperated de Silva added.
De Silva even clarified that SEV bears no ties with depsosed IPL chairman Lalit Modi, contrary to rumours that have been doing the rounds.
With the BCCI-SLC stalemate threatening to end the the latter's hopes of holding the tournament, de Silva has pleaded for the intervention of India's sport minister to assuage the BCCI's concerns and broker a compromise.