MUMBAI: The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will send a five-member team of officials to India to finalise the Indian Premier League (IPL) deal. The official discussions will commence on 18 October.
SLC's chief executive Duleep Mendis will be part of the delegation that will fly to Mumbai to finalise the deal with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge said that the $40 million deal will lead to the full participation of Sri Lankan players in the IPL and the Twenty20 Champions League for the next decade.
The proposed deal follows a recent decision to release Sri Lankan players contracted to the IPL from next year's tour of England.
"More benefits are to be gained by our cricketers and the country by participating in the Indian Premier League matches. Therefore, we are sending a team of officials to India next week to finalise it," he said.
"There is no dispute between the Sri Lankan Cricket Team and the Cricket Interim Committee regarding this issue," he said.
He said that BCCI had also promised to reschedule the cancelled 2006 tri-nation one-day series featuring Sri Lanka and South Africa to next year.
India has offered to play another tri-nation series in 2010 which will bring in close to $18 million for Sri Lanka Cricket, the minister said.
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