The BCCI has refused to change its stance on preventing Indian players from taking part in the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) despite the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) offering bank guarantees to safeguard the Indian players' contracts. The two boards held a telephone conference on Thursday to discuss the issue, but were unable to come to an agreement. SLC is however, expected to go ahead with the tournament as scheduled without the Indian players.
The BCCI had originally withheld its permission on the grounds that Somerset Entertainment Ventures, the company owning the commercial rights for the event, would be handling the contracts for international players. The BCCI changed its mind over the SLPL on grounds that this could lead to complications should disputes arise over payments to the players. In order to assuage the Indian board, SLC were willing to back the Indian players' contracts so that their financial interests were protected, but that was not enough to satisfy the BCCI.
The BCCI's decision means the tournament will not have a broadcaster for the lucrative Indian market, a situation that makes it much more difficult for the SLPL to find secure financial footing.