Player contracts

As cricketers became more aware of their rights and the money they earned their boards, every team gradually moved to the contracts system, which would assure a player a certain amount of income for a year irrespective of an injury or an unforeseen drop in form. There has been a fair amount of controversy over the implementation of contract systems over the years: the ugliest it got was when several West Indies stars refused to play for their team because of a dispute over contracts. India, Zimbabwe and Kenya have had their share of contracts-related problems too.

Sri Lanka contracts crisis

What now for the players and the SLC?

In a time of great flux within the Sri Lankan team and SLC, below are some of the background issues and sub-plots that may influence the latest dispute

Sri Lanka news

SLC locks out 23 top players

Sri Lanka Cricket has frozen out 23 of its top players after a meeting on Saturday could not break the contract deadlock between the board and the nation's best cricketers

South Africa news

South Africa rethink 'no sin' - Petersen

Alviro Petersen, South Africa's Test opening batsman, has defended his decision to turn his back on Glamorgan and has said it is "no sin" to want to play for South Africa.

The Switch Hit Cricket Show

Can India save Test cricket?

Why India's thrilling win in front of a bumper final-day crowd could turn the Twenty20 tide. Plus, England resolve their contract distraction

The Switch Hit Cricket Show

India v Australia: still cricket's final frontier?

Is a two-Test series enough for such a prestigious match-up? The panel look ahead to the Border-Gavaskar trophy with exclusive comment from Shane Warne.

West Indies news

Bravo, Pollard turn down WICB contracts

Allrounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard have not accepted the one-year central contracts offered to them by the West Indies Cricket Board

West Indies news

WIPA slams Sarwan's contract exclusion

The WIPA has "condemned" the exclusion of Ramnaresh Sarwan from the WICB's list of contracted players, and has questioned the board's reasoning behind the decision