Sri Lanka cricketers ready to tour England but won’t sign new contracts

The Sri Lanka players demanded transparency in their evaluation marks.

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Sri Lanka team ( Image Credit: Twitter/ Sri Lanka Cricket Board)

Sri Lanka’s cricket fraternity is witnessing a massive controversy as everything is not right between the players and the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). SLC has come up with a new contract for the players which will bring a change in the fee structure and the other benefits offered to the National cricketers.

The contract hasn’t gone down well with the cricketers. The players including the Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne and ODI skipper Kusal Perera, have refused to sign new contracts which offer lower base salaries and more performance-based incentives. The brawl between Sri Lanka Cricket and the players was also expected to affect the upcoming Sri Lanka tour of England.

However, it is now learned that the UK-bound Sri Lanka players have agreed to travel to the United Kingdom (UK) without signing the contracts. However, the players have agreed on a condition that the authorities will make their evaluation marks public. Players demanded transparency in their evaluation marks.

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Reports suggest that performance and fitness are two key criteria that make for 70 percent of a players’ overall marks. Rest 30 percent is occupied by leadership, professionalism, and future potential or adaptability. Players’ lawyer Nishan Premathiratne confirmed that all the cricketers have agreed to tour England without any contract.

“This is the transparency the players had been requesting from the outset. “They will play this tour without signing any contract. They have signed a voluntary declaration, but there’s nothing there about player remuneration. They have always been committed to playing for Sri Lanka,” ESPNcricinfo quoted the players’ lawyer Nishan Premathiratne as saying.

Sri Lanka is scheduled to leave for England on Tuesday. They will face England in three T20 Internationals and as many One Day Internationals, scheduled to kick-start from June 23, Wednesday.

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