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SL priority is $12m from insurance
- Dialogue with South Africa will resume once claim is settled

Calcutta: The Pakistan versus Darrell Hair row made everyone forget the cancellation of two tournaments in-a-row in Sri Lanka, but Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has been moving to recover losses.

According to a well-placed source of The Telegraph in Colombo, it has already completed paperwork for a $12 million claim on Ceylinco Insurance Company Ltd.

“Each of the tri-series’ seven matches was insured… Fortunately, there was a clause allowing for relief if the tournament got scrapped following an act of violence.

“As the tri-series got cancelled owing to South Africa’s pull out after the August 14 blast in the capital, SLC has made a full claim… It’s hopeful of getting the entire amount,” he said.

The claim — an absolute priority for SLC at this point in time — is expected to be settled within a fortnight. A delay, though, can’t be ruled out.

The source added: “Owing to time constraints, the three-match bilateral series between India and Sri Lanka (which got scrapped because of the weather) wasn’t insured, but SLC won’t have a problem once it gets the $12 million…”

The bilateral tournament, in any case, was quickly stitched together once South Africa decided to take the fastest connection home.

One understands SLC did start a “dialogue” with Cricket South Africa (CSA) soon after the Mark Boucher-led team returned home, but it wasn’t carried forward.

That, one learns, is going to be done once the claim is settled. “There are good reasons for such a move,” the well-placed source explained.

What’s doing the rounds is that SLC will ask the Proteas to come back either soon after the World Cup next year or in the summer of 2008, failing which CSA should fork out “compensation.”

Till late on Wednesday, nobody from SLC was available for comment.

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