The Sri Lanka cricket plunged into crisis after their senior players refused to sign the new performance-based contracts, which saw their salaries slashed by up to 40 percent. The Sri Lanka Cricket Board in its defense said that the decision was taken as the team’s performance was not up to the mark, adding that the new contract is actually beneficial for the players.
However, in a recent development, none of the 24 Sri Lanka cricketers have signed their new contracts, with the deadline passing yesterday. A lawyer representing the players revealed that cricketers “are not in agreement to sign unfair and non-transparent contracts”.
Sri Lanka are scheduled to play 3 ODIs and as many T20Is in England in June-July but this rift has got the series in jeopardy. The selected players are likely to sign a “tour contract”.
Earlier, Aravinda de Silva, Chairman of the Cricket Committee who proposed this contract said that players should focus on winning games for their country rather than complaining about the new contracts. Sri Lanka cricket has seen a massive slump of late. They recently suffered a 2-1 loss to Bangladesh in the ODI series.
“The most important fact is that they should get into the middle and play positive cricket and start winning games for the country rather than complaining. This positive approach will encourage us to consider offering them more benefits, like some of the other countries in our region,” Aravinda De Silva told the DailyNews.lk
Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva said that ” “a decision will be taken up at the Exco (executive committee) meeting of the new office-bearers.”
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