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'Sri Lanka putting together T20 league once again'

Last year, Sri Lanka's plans to put in place a Twenty20 league on the lines of the Indian Premier League hit an insurmountable barricade. The board was forced to postpone it after the influential Indian board refused to permit its players to feature in the tournament. HT reports. Recall

cricket Updated: May 09, 2012 01:43 IST
HT Correspondent

Last year, Sri Lanka's plans to put in place a Twenty20 league on the lines of the Indian Premier League hit an insurmountable barricade. The board was forced to postpone it after the influential Indian board refused to permit its players to feature in the tournament.

A year on, with the island's interim cricket administration giving way to a new set of office-bearers, Cricket Sri Lanka is again putting together the league.

It has reportedly signed a fresh agreement with the same company that the Indian board had raised reservations about in 2011. The Sri Lanka board has signed an agreement with Somerset Entertainment Ventures and the league has been tentatively scheduled between August 10 and 31, according to cricket website, cricinfo.

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The deal is to stage a seven-team competition before Sri Lanka stages the World Twenty20, which is scheduled between September 18 to October 7.

Last year, the BCCI had serious objections to Indian players having to sign financial deals with Somerset Entertainment Ventures. Although the host board agreed to handle their contracts, it wasn't convinced.

The SLC's interim administration had inked a five-year deal with SEV but it not only had to be cancelled, a parliament panel also criticised some clauses.

There were reports the Indian board's objections in 2011 were also due to doubts that sacked IPL commissioner, Lalit Modi, had some links with the company, although the Sri Lankan board and the firm denied this.