Sri Lanka’s 4-day NSL: Clubs Questions 8-9 SSC Players Inclusion In Colombo Team!

Written by N Krishnamurthy

At least 3 domestic clubs have raised questions against Colombo Team management’s decision of continuously fielding 8-9 Players from the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in their playing XI in the ongoing 4-day National Super League (NSL), Cricket Age exclusively learns.

Five Provincial teams namely – Colombo, Galle, Dambulla, Jaffna and Kandy – are formed for the 4-day NSL, just like recently concluded 50 Overs encounters. The original Idea was to cluster all 26 clubs players under five teams! However, right from the beginning of the NSL, Colombo is repeatedly playing 8-9 SSC Players in the team!

According to sources, Negombo CC, Police SC and Saracens have objected against Colombo’s shameful manipulation in fielding a SCC dominant side!

“This is the most egregious example of poor sportsmanship by Colombo side. The tournament was meant for cricketers of all 26 clubs. We hopes that the concerned authorities will take action against this sort of unethical tactics from the  Colombo team” a top official from one of the club told Cricket Age.

On January 21 itself, Cricket Age had published that the majority of domestic clubs, especially from the outstations, accused that even in the 50 Overs NSL, non-Colombo players were given ill treatment and only agenda was to promoting SSC cricketers.

In January, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Introduced NSL, while projecting it as Sri Lanka’s ‘Elite Domestic Cricketing Competition,’ which will act as the primary competition for National Selections. That time, it was told that the 26 Major Clubs playing in the first-class premier club competition have been clustered under the 5 Teams and players for the respective NSL teams will come only from the allocated clubs and not from outside.


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