League Notes: Sri Lanka To Decide Whether To Scrap Twenty20 League
Sri Lanka's cricket authorities will decide Wednesday "whether to scrap their Twenty20 league after all franchise holders defaulted on payments for the tournament." Officials said that "all seven franchises for the Sri Lankan Premier League were held by Indian companies." But they "had failed to meet several deadlines" to pay nearly $3M (AFP, 7/17). ... The Pakistan Cricket Board has said that the team's newly appointed Chief Selector Moin Khan "was never convicted or fined for match-fixing and stated that a negative campaign is being hatched to demoralize the steps taken by the PCB" (PAKISTAN TODAY, 7/16). ... The Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth & Sport "has given the green light to the Cambodian Bokator Federation to resume hosting of their National Championships after a two-year hiatus" (PHNOM PENH POST, 7/17). ... The scheduled meeting between the All Indian Football Federation and its commercial partner IMG-Reliance on Tuesday to discuss the final plans relating to the Indian Premier League-styled league "has been postponed to later this week" (ASIAN AGE, 7/16). ... Racing Victoria announced on Tuesday that "it will be chasing new riding talent from non-Anglo-Saxon backgrounds." The successful recruitment of Mexican and South American jockeys in the U.S. and Europe and the growing strength of local Asian jockey ranks in Hong Kong and Singapore "has caused Racing Victoria to consider attracting talent from new communities" (THE AGE, 7/17).