Colombo: Players of the Sri Lanka national team have refused to sign the annual central contract, alleging a lack of transparency on the part of the cricket board. The players’ decision was not surprising as almost all the senior players had made it clear at once that the contracts awarded by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) were not to their liking and some players who performed well were kept out.
Players refused to sign contracts
According to the collective statement issued by the players, ‘He has decided not to sign the contract for the upcoming tour of England. Along with this, he will not contract for any other tour in future.
Sri Lanka Cricket announced that 24 key players had been offered contracts under four categories and were given a deadline of June 3 to sign them.
In this agreement, players were given between 70,000 and 100,000 dollars as an annual retainership. The team’s star batsman Dhananjay de Silva was placed in the highest paid category of $100,000.
Last month there was controversy
After controversy and talks last month, the players had said that their proposed remuneration is three times less than what they are paid to players from other countries as per information received from the ‘Federation of International Cricket Association (FICA)’.
The players, however, have also made it clear that they will not refuse to play for the country at any time, even if they have not signed the contract and the SLC refuses to pay them their salaries.
Players made allegations
The senior players were also not happy that the SLC publicly disclosed the amount of their central contract. The players claimed that the SLC’s decision has affected their confidence and peace of mind.
Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) chairman Arvind de Silva defended the new performance-linked pay system, saying the board was forced to take the decision after the team’s poor performance in all three formats.
Let us tell you that Sri Lanka has to tour England where the team has to play a series of three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals from June 18 to July 4.