ICC chief Morgan condemns IPL-SLC deal

ICC President David Morgan has condemned the $40 million deal between Sri Lankan Cricket and IPL, terming it unacceptable.

updated: October 12, 2008 11:42 IST
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International Cricket Council President David Morgan has condemned the $40 million deal between Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) and Indian Premier League which would entail cancellation of Lankan Test tour to England, terming it unacceptable in the light of earlier agreements between ECB and SLC.

A five-member SLC delegation is travelling to India next week to finalise the deal after the Lankan Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge has given the go ahead.

Under the deal, SLC will release the Lankan players for IPL which in turn would pay USD 40 million to cash-strapped SLC as guarantee money it will forfeit due to cancellation of the Two-test series in England in May next year.

'Daily Telegraph' quoted Morgan as condemning the deal, which, if ratified by the BCCI, would force the abandonment of Sri Lanka's Test series in England.

A report in the newspaper said the deal for the long-term release of Lankan players to the IPL was "quite unacceptable behaviour against the background of Sri Lanka's signed agreement with the ECB".

"Morgan pointed out that only last month the ICC reaffirmed the primacy of Test cricket with the unanimous agreement of all Full Members," the report said.

"Everyone signed up to the order of priorities, starting with ICC events like the World Cup. In second place come events under the FTP," it added.

Sri Lanka's tour is due from April 21 to May 30, while the second season of IPL is scheduled for April 10-May 25.

The series clashes with the latter stages of the IPL and a number of players in the Lankan squad such as captain Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan and Kumar Sangakkara have signed lucrative contracts to play in the IPL.