20, June 2012 (Cricturf): India cricket refused to play in Sri Lanka Premier League inaugural league to be held in August this year. Sri Lanka Cricket prosponded the SLPL's inaugural league last year to this year due to unavailability of Indian players in tournament.
SLPL originally scheduled to start in Last year 2011 and organizers prosponded the event at final stages of the proceedings.
Indian news papers and media institutions tried to justify Indians unavailability for upcoming SLPL tournament mainly due to packed schedule. BCCI worried about the possibility of fatigue, injuries and stress of players by participating extra tournaments.
Sri Lanka Cricket's Nishantha Ranathunga said Reuters that they have not yet received official confirmation of Indians unavailability and most of other full member cricketing nations responded for invitations.
SLC plans to go ahead with SLPL proceeding even if BCCI stick to their decision as happened previous year.
30 Pakistan players were expect to participate in the event while several New Zealand and Bangladesh players responded there availability. Pakistan Cricketers participated in Bangladesh's Premier League held in this year which also didn't have Indian participation. The tournament (BPL) considerable succeeded with no Indian presence.
The first edition of Sri Lanka Premier League tournament will be held 10th August to 31st August this year between 7 different provincial teams.