Sri Lanka Cricket: Sri Lanka cricketers likely to get player contracts from SLC: After many brawls, issues, and disputes, good sense has finally prevailed for Sri Lankan cricketers as they have received a nod from the board to get their player contracts for the year 2021. As per reports, the contract has seen an addition of three-four new players following their recent performances.
“We are planning to give the contracts to the players. There will be three or four new players in the new list, who have performed well in the recent past and had not been granted contracts earlier,” a senior SLC ex-co official told the Sunday Morning Sports on Sunday.
Sri Lanka Cricket: After some of the senior players refrained from signing contracts due to a lack of transparency in the system, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of SLC had to intervene in the process. The TAC is headed by Aravinda de Silva.
A total of 24 players had been offered the contracts. Besides, Avishka Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, and Asitha Fernando are the new entrants in the list who have been added following their fine performances in the Sri Lankan jersey.
The players have been offered the contracts mainly in these four categories ranging from $ 100,000 (approx. Rs. 1.64 m per month) to $ 25,000 (Rs. 400,000 per month) per year.
“Finally SLC agreeing to settle this will be great thing. The contract dispute had divided former legendary players into at least four factions, the current lot of players too in into about four factions, and the current board into two factions,” another senior official revealed with a sigh of relief.
The reports furthered that the likes of Seekkuge Prasanna and Asela Gunaratne, who are playing in the domestic circuit, will too be included under the ‘domestic contracts.’
Sri Lanka Cricket: Former Sri Lankan player and now TAC member- Muttiah Muralitharan had refused to offer annual contracts this year owing to recurring disputes throughout the year. He had opined that the players would be offered tour-by-tour contracts for the remainder of the year. However, the board revisited its previous decision after a meeting with the Minister of Sports.
“Some of the players who are already named for contracts will go. The new contracts will be from August till the end of December when the new player assessments will be redone. All the issues that were here and there will be rectified from January onwards,” the SLC ex-co official further added.
Isuru Udana, who had been named in the previous list, retired from international cricket recently.