Sri Lanka Cricket: 18 players sign National Player contracts; Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis left out: Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that 18 players signed the National Player Contracts, which came into effect from 01st August 2021.
The new contract will be for a 5-month period and will end on the 31st December 2021.
Sri Lanka Cricket: 18 players sign National Player contracts; Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis left out
The players signed the contracts without any deviation from the contracts offered previously, which was formulated by Sri Lanka Cricket along with the Technical Advisory Committee.
The players were chosen under four categories and were nominated by the Selection Panel, based on a set of criteria such as Performance, Fitness, Leadership/Seniority, Professionalism/Code of Conduct, and Future/Adaptability.
The criteria and the allocation of points to individual players were shared among the players before they signed the contracts.
In the meantime, Angelo Mathews, who was among the players offered a contract was not considered, as he is currently unavailable for selection, whilst Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis are currently serving a ban.
This ends a long-standing dispute between the board and the players. For over three months players have been at loggerheads with the SLC over the central contract after they were given a host of parameters for the contract. However, with junior players suffering, the successful contract negotiation will ease the pressure on them for some time.
The Players who were given National Contracts
- Dhananjaya De Silva
- Kusal Perera
- Dimuth Karunaratne
- Suranga Lakmal
- Dasun Shanaka
- Wanindu Hasaranga
- Lasith Embuldeniya
- Pathum Nissanka
- Lahiru Thirimanne
- Dushmantha Chameera
- Dinesh Chandimal
- Lakshan Sandakan
- Vishwa Fernando
- Oshada Fernando
- Ramesh Mendis
- Lahiru Kumara
- Ashen Bandara
- Akila Dananjaya