Colombo: "Surprised and hurt" by the BCCI's sudden refusal to allow Indian players' participation in the Sri Lanka Premier League, the island nation's Cricket Board on Sunday rejected its Indian counterpart's claim that the event is being organised by a private party. (Also read: BCCI bars Indian players from taking part in Sri Lanka Premier League)
The BCCI has refused to issue No Objection Certificates to the 12 Indian players, who wanted to participate in the SLPL, saying that the event is being organised by a private party on behalf of SLC.
"This tournament is approved by SLC. And Somerset are the marketing arm, having won the rights through a tender process. Nobody can say it is owned by Somerset," its secretary Nishantha Ranatunga told 'ESPNcricinfo' website.