SLC Player Contracts: Dhananjaya de Silva, Dickwella receive A1 contract- Sri Lanka Cricket on Wednesday announced a five-point grading system to offer retainer packages for its contracted cricketers. Talisman batsman Dhananjaya de Silva and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella secured top-tier ‘A1’ central contracts worth USD 100,000 for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
In what was a shocking decision the SLC revealed that this year they are giving the central contract to only 24 players down from 32 last year. SLC also introduced separate Domestic Development Contracts and Incremental Contracts to others, not on the primary shortlist.
SLC Player Contracts: SLC took a press conference in which SLC’s Cricket Technical Committee chief Aravinda de Silva and Director of Cricket Tom Moody explained the scoring system on which the players were rated and allotted into the contract grades.
“A thorough review of what was being practised around the world was taken into consideration. A lot of countries are trying to find what is the right process for them. This was not pulled out of thin air. This was done after thorough research – looking at other countries and their examples of how they contract their players. We put together what we thought was the best, most effective and fair system for Sri Lanka,” Moody said of the contracts
SLC Player Contracts: What is the new grading system?
Players were scored on the parameters of Performance (out of 50), Fitness (out of 20), Leadership (out of 10), Professionalism (out of 10) and Future Potential and Adaptability (out of 10) for a score out of 100. Given the national team played only 11 internationals in 2020, performances in the previous cycle viz. 2019-20 were also given weightage.
SLC Player Contracts: New Fitness Test
Sri Lankan cricketers will hav to take the 2 KM Run Fitness Test. The fitness test is all about running a 2 km distance within 8 minutes and 35 seconds. According to Sri Lanka Cricket, all the players should pass the test to get themselves on the national side. In case a player gets failed in the test, he will be given a second chance to pass the test within 40 days of time, according to the usual circumstances.
Meanwhile, the annually renewable Domestic Development Contract will be available to six players aged under 25, who can fall into this contract category for not more than three years. A player who has played multiple matches not on the national contract list but has played enough matches in the year to accumulate 10 points will be handed an Incremental Contract. A Test match appearance is worth three points while an ODI and T20I earn a point each. All players will have to sign their contracts by June 3.
SLC Player Contracts Grades Breakdown:
A1 (USD 100,000): Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella
A2 (USD 80,000): Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews
A3 (USD 70,000): Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne
B1 (USD 65,000): Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka
B2 (USD 60,000): Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Embuldeniya
B3 (USD 55,000): Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Thirimanne
C1 (USD 50,000): Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha
C2 (USD 45,000): Dinesh Chandimal, Lakshan Sandakan
C3 (USD 40,000): Vishwa Fernando, Isuru Udana
D1 (USD 35,000): Ramesh Mendis, Oshada Fernando
D2 (USD 30,000): Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Kumara
D3 (USD 25,000): Ashen Bandara, Akila Dananjaya