The Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) is the premier Twenty20 cricket competition in Sri Lanka, held by Sri Lanka Cricket. Its first season is to be held in 2012 and it replaced the Inter-Provincial Twenty20.
The first tournament was to be held at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo between July 19 and August 4. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India refused to let its 12 Indian players selected in the tournament from participating. Furthermore, allegations of corruption and incompetence by SLC and its handing over of the organisation to a previously unheard of Singapore-based Somerset Entertainment Ventures put the tournament in serious jeopardy. The tournament was postponed to 2012, with the former Inter-Provincial Twenty20 taking its place.
Sandiip Bhammer, Chairman of Somerset Entertainment Ventures said, "Last year, we had the Indian players coming and they were withdrawn about three to four weeks prior to the tournament launch. As a consequence of that, we were not able to deliver to the sponsors what we had promised."
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The 2012 SLPL will be played in Colombo and Kandy from August 10 to 31 and will feature both local and International players.
The SLPL has province-based teams, similar to those in the Inter-Provincial Cricket tournaments, and are privately owned like the Indian Premier League and Bangladesh Premier League teams. The teams were auctioned in June 2012 with a reserve price of $3 million for seven years of ownership. Bidders were allowed to bid for up to three teams, after which the franchises will be distributed to the highest bidders. The teams auctioned at an average price of US$4.3 million.
SLPL began with seven teams from seven provinces. Aside from Nagenahira and Uthura each of these provinces has had a team playing in the previous Inter-Provincial Twenty20. It is planned for more teams to be added in the future.