Sri Lanka Premier League Postponed Until 2012

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have confirmed that the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), which was due to get underway later this month, has been postponed until 2012.

The organising committee effectively ran out of time having failed to secure the release of a number of Indian players in time for the seven-team tournament.

"SLC & the SLPL Committee regret to inform the public and the Media, that the much looked forward to first edition of the SLPL which was to be held in 2011, will not be held," a statement on Sri Lanka Cricket's website ( read.

"Attempts to obtain the release of the Indian players were unsuccessful, causing a delay in the naming of the final composition of the SLPL teams which then had an impact on making related arrangements in an effective and timely manner.

"Therefore, SLC & the SLPL Committee  find that there is insufficient time to arrange a tournament of this magnitude this year, within the available window. It has therefore been decided, to postpone the inaugural version of the SLPL by one year."

The statement added that the winner of the five-team inter-provincial Twenty20 tournament will be put forward as the country's representative for the Champions League Twenty20.

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