Sri Lankan cricketers refuse to signal decreased pay contracts, however will participate in upcoming England white-ball tour
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s nationwide cricket gamers on Saturday refused to signal new pay contracts by a weekend deadline, however mentioned they are going to participate within the tour of England later this month.
A lawyer representing the cricketers mentioned they didn’t agree with a brand new performance-based pay scheme designed by a cricket board panel that included former Australia star Tom Moody.
“Gamers refuse to signal annual and tour contracts till the pay dispute is resolved,” lawyer Nishan Premathiratne mentioned in an announcement.
The assertion got here as Sri Lanka Cricket prolonged the three June deadline till Sunday.
The assertion mentioned gamers will participate within the upcoming tour of England the place they’re because of play three ODIs and three T20Is with out contracts.
“Even when gamers are refused pay, they are going to play for the nation as a result of that’s their predominant goal.”
Below the proposed pay construction, former captain Angelo Mathews and present Take a look at captain Dimuth Karunaratne suffered the largest cuts.
Mathews’ annual price fell from $130,000 a 12 months to $80,000 whereas Karunaratne was supplied $70,000, a drop of $30,000.
When the brand new pay plan was unveiled final month, gamers mentioned it was “non-transparent” and urged Sri Lanka Cricket to not maintain them at gunpoint.
Gamers additionally accused the board of violating confidentiality by publicly disclosing their proposed salaries.
There was no speedy response from the board, nevertheless it has mentioned that gamers may earn extra below the brand new performance-based scheme formulated with the assistance of former skipper Aravinda de Silva and Moody.
The Australian was employed in March because the Sri Lankan board’s director of cricket to arrange the workforce for the subsequent World Cup.
The 24 nationwide gamers had been supplied annual contracts with all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva and wicket-keeper Niroshan Dikwella getting the best remuneration of $100,000 every. Nevertheless, each have additionally rejected the brand new pay deal, in accordance with their lawyer.
Sri Lanka Cricket officers mentioned the bottom charges within the new contracts had been along with funds for every match in addition to allowances for journey outdoors Colombo.
SLC president Shammi Silva mentioned final month that he believed gamers had the potential to earn extra and assist Sri Lanka enhance their rankings.
Sri Lanka are ranked eighth out of the ten Take a look at nations, ninth in ODIs and eighth within the T20I rankings.
Money-strapped after a lot of excursions had been cancelled final 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sri Lanka have persuaded India to play additional video games on a tour in July in order that they will earn elevated tv income.
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