PORT OF SPAIN, 7 JUNE: Cricket authorities in India have rejected a request from the organisers of the Caribbean Premier League for Indian players to participate in the inaugural tournament set to begin next month in Barbados. Trinidad and Tobago’s Guardian newspaper has reported that the CPL organisers were turned down after making a trip to India to meet officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. CPL officials showcased their plan and sought permission from the world&’s wealthiest cricket board but they came up with nothing, the Guardian reported. Reports suggest that the BCCI may be concerned about safeguarding the Indian Premier League.
The absence of Indian players is seen as a blow since they are counted among the biggest crowd-pullers in world cricket. However, the CPL has been able to attract players from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The CPL starts on 30 July in Barbados and concludes on 24 August in Trinidad. ians