Sri Lanka in South Africa 2011-12 December 3, 2011

South Africa cricketers condemn Sri Lanka salary delay

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South Africa's cricketers have lent their support to the Sri Lanka players, who have not been paid their salaries for eight months, saying it was a credit to the Sri Lanka team that they had kept going but the issue needed to be resolved soon. South Africa are set to host Sri Lanka for three Tests and five ODIs, but Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers, the Test and ODI captain respectively, chose to speak out against the Sri Lankan board, who have withheld their players' salaries due to a severe financial crunch.

"We want to show our support for Tillakaratne Dilshan and our fellow professional cricketers from Sri Lanka on this issue," Smith said in a South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) release. "It is far from ideal that the Sri Lankan team is about to start a tough Test series and ODI series here in South Africa without having been paid any of their remuneration for the last eight months."

Sri Lanka Cricket is waiting on payments of around US$ 4.3 million from the ICC for co-hosting the World Cup, but that will only arrive after the ICC complete their audit and the ICC have said it is SLC's responsibility to pay their players. "In this age of professionalism in cricket this kind of thing should not be happening," de Villiers said. "It's a credit to the players that they've kept playing for their country since March despite all of this. We hope it gets sorted out soon."

The Sri Lankan Cricketers' Association (SLCA) has contacted the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) to seek assistance on what can be done to ensure the players are paid, and SACA's chief-executive Tony Irish said he hoped for positive progress before Sri Lanka started their tour game against South Africa A on December 9. "It's difficult to understand how a board which has just co-hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup can find itself in such a desperate financial situation that it can't pay its national team of fully contracted professionals for months on end", Irish said. "We know that the players association in Sri Lanka is doing what it can to sort this out for the players and we hope for some positive progress before the first match of the tour starts against."

SLC has been in a financial crisis following the construction of new stadiums in Hambantota and Pallekele, and the renovation of the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo for the World Cup.

Upali Dharmadasa, the chairman of SLC's interim committee, was critical of the previous administration for spending expansively on those stadiums. He had said he was hopeful the players would be paid soon as he understood that the ICC audit had been completed and SLC would receive the remainder of the World Cup payment due to them.

Meanwhile, the three stadiums were handed over to the military earlier this month because the board was struggling to maintain them. The World Cup had left SLC in debt to the tune of $23 million and the board had to ask for a grant from the Sri Lanka government.

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  • on December 6, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Let see who needs money? SL players: They train hard, play for their country. Represent their country abroad, They come home tired empty hand after all that hard work nothing to celebrate with. What do they get? they get criticize if they lost a match.

    SL board: Fat pigs close there eyes and randomly select the players and then put in the team whoever they like. Get their good salaries go home and enjoy.

  • on December 6, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Really a sad state of affairs. I hope this does not affect the quality of cricket from SL this upcoming test series. We want real tough test cricket! I hope they get paid soon. Perhaps Gerald could make a loan. He makes a FORTUNE!

  • on December 6, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Well, thx for JosRoberts for comment "I wonder whether the directors of SLC have had to go without their salaries for the last 8 months too?"!!! I think sports minister and his batallien too are salaryless these days??? I think best way to sort this problem is stop salaries of all cricketing offocials including ministers and pay the teammates until whole debt of players covers. Then those guys can go and fight with ICC until they receive the dues ... Punish them instaed of players who do the real job ... Gud method eh?

  • iMPARTIAL.PAK on December 6, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    thats Amazing, True Patriotism, love Sri lakna team, This is an inspiration that u giving evryone, May U rise To the Top NOW, u deserve A salute from Cricket FANS. from Pakistan

  • chandau on December 5, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    An interesting fact many may not know of, which is for now a complaint among players in the clubs. Playing daytime cricket during the dry season in hambanthota is a nightmare! The heat is too much to bear even for us Asians and many feel dehydrated and get cramps. So will it be like the SHARJAH ICS , which will only host D/N ODI matches? what a waste of hard earned $$$. @ Robert Abayasekara : Pretty soon the ARMY will run everything in SL considering the budget allocation :) However a little knowledge of SL cricket structur is necessary to understand this plight. SL for donkey's years has been a "club criket country". Clubs had grounds they maintained and clubs had contracted players who played against each other. clubs had patrons and sponsors and various ancilliary facilities / activities to ensure fianacial viability. SLC shud have learnt when they built Premadasa stadium without a club to look after it. still they went ahead and built Dambulla first and Hambanthota next; LMAO:)

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    thank god CHINA doesnt have a cricket board nor its a cricket playing nation ..lol

  • on December 4, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    salute to sri lankan players just solute them ............ now they have more respect then b4 in my eyes .......... love u lankan lion .......

  • on December 4, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Plenty of opinion already shared. I am just writing in to salute the Sri Lankan players for their amazing commitment to their game and to their country. Not for no reason is Sri Lanka my favorite non Pakistani team in World cricket! :)

    Time and again, the Lankan lions have proved to be thorough professionals and true gentlemen!

  • on December 4, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    This is a crazy situation where the armed services are now going to be in charge of maintaining the country's premier cricket grounds!!Wh rathery were these grounds built when there were perfectly adequate facilities already available - clearly to satisfy egos of the politicians. The cricketers deserve plaudits and our admiration for having kept going. The upcoming series in South Africa is going to be very challenging. They need the support of every Sri Lankan. Come on SRI LANKA. Let the wilow and the leather show Kepler Wessels what we are made of - Come on the Sri Lankan lion - let's roar!!!!!!

  • stormy16 on December 4, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Its good to see some international players support the SL cricketers. What a pathetic joke and still worse its the Government which caused this and is now apparently going to resolve it! If SL want to be taken seriously at an international leve the administrators must show some level of competence which is sadly lacking and no apparent action from the government against those who caused it - oh wait those were the government appointed cronies!

  • on December 6, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Let see who needs money? SL players: They train hard, play for their country. Represent their country abroad, They come home tired empty hand after all that hard work nothing to celebrate with. What do they get? they get criticize if they lost a match.

    SL board: Fat pigs close there eyes and randomly select the players and then put in the team whoever they like. Get their good salaries go home and enjoy.

  • on December 6, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Really a sad state of affairs. I hope this does not affect the quality of cricket from SL this upcoming test series. We want real tough test cricket! I hope they get paid soon. Perhaps Gerald could make a loan. He makes a FORTUNE!

  • on December 6, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Well, thx for JosRoberts for comment "I wonder whether the directors of SLC have had to go without their salaries for the last 8 months too?"!!! I think sports minister and his batallien too are salaryless these days??? I think best way to sort this problem is stop salaries of all cricketing offocials including ministers and pay the teammates until whole debt of players covers. Then those guys can go and fight with ICC until they receive the dues ... Punish them instaed of players who do the real job ... Gud method eh?

  • iMPARTIAL.PAK on December 6, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    thats Amazing, True Patriotism, love Sri lakna team, This is an inspiration that u giving evryone, May U rise To the Top NOW, u deserve A salute from Cricket FANS. from Pakistan

  • chandau on December 5, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    An interesting fact many may not know of, which is for now a complaint among players in the clubs. Playing daytime cricket during the dry season in hambanthota is a nightmare! The heat is too much to bear even for us Asians and many feel dehydrated and get cramps. So will it be like the SHARJAH ICS , which will only host D/N ODI matches? what a waste of hard earned $$$. @ Robert Abayasekara : Pretty soon the ARMY will run everything in SL considering the budget allocation :) However a little knowledge of SL cricket structur is necessary to understand this plight. SL for donkey's years has been a "club criket country". Clubs had grounds they maintained and clubs had contracted players who played against each other. clubs had patrons and sponsors and various ancilliary facilities / activities to ensure fianacial viability. SLC shud have learnt when they built Premadasa stadium without a club to look after it. still they went ahead and built Dambulla first and Hambanthota next; LMAO:)

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    thank god CHINA doesnt have a cricket board nor its a cricket playing nation ..lol

  • on December 4, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    salute to sri lankan players just solute them ............ now they have more respect then b4 in my eyes .......... love u lankan lion .......

  • on December 4, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Plenty of opinion already shared. I am just writing in to salute the Sri Lankan players for their amazing commitment to their game and to their country. Not for no reason is Sri Lanka my favorite non Pakistani team in World cricket! :)

    Time and again, the Lankan lions have proved to be thorough professionals and true gentlemen!

  • on December 4, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    This is a crazy situation where the armed services are now going to be in charge of maintaining the country's premier cricket grounds!!Wh rathery were these grounds built when there were perfectly adequate facilities already available - clearly to satisfy egos of the politicians. The cricketers deserve plaudits and our admiration for having kept going. The upcoming series in South Africa is going to be very challenging. They need the support of every Sri Lankan. Come on SRI LANKA. Let the wilow and the leather show Kepler Wessels what we are made of - Come on the Sri Lankan lion - let's roar!!!!!!

  • stormy16 on December 4, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Its good to see some international players support the SL cricketers. What a pathetic joke and still worse its the Government which caused this and is now apparently going to resolve it! If SL want to be taken seriously at an international leve the administrators must show some level of competence which is sadly lacking and no apparent action from the government against those who caused it - oh wait those were the government appointed cronies!

  • on December 4, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    It's a good call by Smith & AB, but there is a little problem for me. This problem is now for sometime, so why they wanted to put it up now & at the edge of a SL vs SA series. As I think this is a tack-tick by the SA players to pressure up the SL players' minds.

  • on December 4, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Credit goes to Sri lankan Cricketers still playing with present situation. Politics ruin SL Cricket.

  • vellupillai on December 4, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Dont forget that the BCCI has hand in jeopardising Srilankan Cricket League on the lines of IPL,many people who advocates about IPL here fails to understand that IPL cant accomodate every SL player,they need their own league as well,if it is the case of International players then one can assume the sufferings of Domestic SL players.

  • JosRoberts on December 4, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    I wonder whether the directors of SLC have had to go without their salaries for the last 8 months too?

  • Ahsan_Shere on December 4, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Good strategy!! Don't you want to pressurize SL players ahead of the important tour by saying so? Otherwise it should be said earlier but it won't help! For them playing for their country is of great prestige, they won't consider the options of quitting, retiring or protesting!

  • noplay on December 4, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Congratulations to Graeme Smith and AB deVilliers for standing up for their fellow professionals. They could have remained quiet like the Pakistanis, but what these guys have done is shown that the Sri Lankans are starting with a distinct disadvantage

  • dmqi on December 4, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    It is almost unbelievable that players did not get paid. Are the cricket board members, chairman, ministers, PM, President are all without salary? If not, why should the cricketers be without salary? Or they are getting a part of it? I have not heard something like this before. Hats off to SL players that they are still playing, true gentlemen.

  • on December 4, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Now its no wonder why Malinga is smart enough to know which basket (IPL) to put his eggs in...

  • yorkslanka on December 4, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    I don't think any other board needs to get involved.SLC got us into this mess now they must get them out. As it has been mentioned,its amazing how the government found lots of money to take every man and his dog to st Kitts to try and get the commonwealth games? The new stadiums that were built were completely unnecessary and driven by politics.I have been to hambantota stadium and there Is no infrastructure there,no hotels,no decent parking,roads etc.there is a perfectly good ground In dambulla,fitted with floodlights that is now derelict..pointless..its makes me sad to say,but I think the playere should strike until they get paid. If I didnt get my salary,I wouldnt be at work..

  • on December 4, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    well i think the sri lankan players players would have wanted not to play wc at home but get salary see the benifit of IPL they are able to make a living

  • Fiery67 on December 4, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    I feel very sorry for the SL players & whilst they would not have deliberately underperformed because they hadn't been paid, I'm sure psychological effect of non payment has probably been detrimental to on field performance. Also some are saying that the players haven't complained, rest assured that i'm sure they have (to the board/management/players association), just not to the media 'till now. Very sad situation, and it seems like Russel Arnold was right when a couple of years ago he complained about the discraceful "muppets" running Sri Lanka cricket.

  • Roar911 on December 4, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    @asterix.gaul - some did felt that bcci should step up and help slc, but i dont think anyone meant bcci 'must' help, because it's clearly upto them to decide whether to help sl or not. true bcci helped slc in numerous occasions but that doesnt mean slc have to oppose udrs.... unable to spend for udrs but supporting the system is two different things which some countries failed to understand. i completely agree this situation is totally sl cric board's own doing and players are paying for those malpractices. sanga did mention the route where slc is heading and it's halfway there already. since everyone is acting deaf/blind/dumb, even after speaking at the most grandest stage, what else can he do?

  • on December 4, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Well done SA cricketers! SLC is a laughing stock for not being able to pay salaries for over 8-months. But, hey presto, the government had plenty of money to splurge in St Kitts, in a failed attempt to host the commonwealth games, in 2018. What a farce! They were reluctant to bail out SLC, a sum of Rs.1 billion, only approving 500 million recently. What took so long? The earlier cry for help to bail out SLC, a few months ago, was flatly rejected by the government, who are directly responsible for the whole mess.

  • chandau on December 4, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    People criticise our cricketers as greedy and playing for money. Well news flash: THESE ARE PROFESSIONAL CRICKETERS!! they play cricket for a living just as u work in a bank or build bridges or repair cars or shoot people or fly planes. Some seem to think they get a lot of money from IPL but only 4 of the current lot and 2 retired guys got nice packets and even those pale in comparison to what the Indians earned. For example Mahela and Sanga get paid half of what Ghambir gets!!! SO people talk facts without just shouting like we r in a market. Secondly SL cricketers may be getting paid the least among the top 6 nations. Remember we are ranked 5 in tests 3 in ODIs although being the youngest nation in the top 8. If they paid for England or Auz, the pay would be few times more easily. (The highest braket got US$ 150k per year if i remember correct. 5 seniors were in it last year.) CEOs of few blue chips get 4-5 times of that which is a known fact (cannot name names of course)

  • on December 4, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Built unwanted cricket stadiums at massive costs, now don't have any money, can't blame the guys for loosing matches.. they are playing despite all this..pathetic situation..

  • chandau on December 4, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    @ everyone who say BCCI shud step into help SLC: in finance we say "DONT THROW GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD!" The SLC Board was rotten to the core. They built one stadium 100% (Hambanthota), another 75% (Pallekele) and renovated 30% (Premadasa) at a cost of LKR 7.18Bn. Compare that with the cost of building Dambulla - LKR 700Mn. Now even providing for inflation of man hours, materials and even land, we could have built at least 10 new stadia with that money. What people fail to register is that only one stadium was built from grassroots. Pallekele was partially done but was stopped when some politicians wanted commissions from Murali and his UAE Partner. Premadasa was existing; as Arjuna Ranathunga said they cut down the teak trees in the guise of rennovation and took them home. Also some may not know that Hambanthota did not have enuf seats after spending all this money and they took seats from Dambulla. Now read OLYMPUS !!! we can draw a parallel with the Japanese Company and SLC.

  • chandau on December 4, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Sri Lanka Cricket, the islands' governing board for the sport where state intervention has increased over the years, has a three billion rupee hole in its balance sheet, a parliamentary committee on state enterprises has found. A report by a committee on public enterprises (COPE) said SLC had 6.1 billion rupees in debts and only 3.1 billion rupees in assets. It was not mentioned whether a going concern caution was raised by auditors but the sports body had not provided some information requested by the state auditor general, the report said. It had also sought a loan from state-run Bank of Ceylon. The cricket board had built a stadium in Hambantota in Southern Sri Lanka through state-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority. The reason given was that the port agency "has the necessary equipment for the construction work," the report said. Though construction costs for three grounds in Hambantota, Pallekelle and Khettarama had been 3.3 billion rupees the total spending has escalated to 7.18 bil

  • on December 4, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Nice to see the support from the South Africans, regardless of their achievements in the World Cups, most of the South Africans are fantastic ambassadors for the game of Cricket. Hope Sri Lankan cricketers get paid at the earliest, I salute their cricketers for still playing for Sri Lanka and giving their 100%, a lesson for a few cricketers who in the past have gone against their cricket boards and refused to play citing pay disputes and have called for player strikes etc etc. Take a bow Sri Lanka and also South Africa.

  • on December 4, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    I hate to see these BCCI comments for every nonsense happening in the cricketing world.Guys it is an issue between SLC and ICC and BCCI has nothing to do with it.

  • sukuviju on December 4, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Thanks to IPL, the Srilankan players are able to sustain. But for their income from IPL, i am sure the Sri Lankan players would have gone on strike. One more reason for players to want to play the IPL.

  • on December 4, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Maybe SLC should borrow some money from BCCI.

  • goldeneye075 on December 4, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    @Sinhabandu , if cricketers go on strike ; the politisions will manipulate the crowed and will some how make the public provoke against the cricketers, that's how stuff works in sri lanka. @herath UK, sri lanka did not lost the matchers intentionally, but paksitan did played better cricket than sri lanka, please dont say that they lost because they were not payed !!! the fact that uare in UK is because of money , as u will not earn as much as u are now if u were in srilanka, so u made a choice due to money, but our cricketers did not do that , they stick to sri lanka and is playing for the country, so do not condem them..

  • on December 4, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Im really thank Southafrica cricket for helping us atleast from a word..really 8 months is a big time,really painfull....after the WC our players faced many problems....nw our cricket board is going to remove local contracted coaches because of financial problems,but if we take the main people of the board we can see that they take their salary on time....they even get more salary than the players(eg:half million from sl Rs. for a one)...but,if they get remove we can get rid from this crisis...they just warm their chairs..

  • Marcian on December 4, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Well done SA cricketers! SLC is a laughing stock for not being able to pay salaries for over 8-months. But, hey presto, the government had plenty of money to splurge in St Kitts, in a failed attempt to host the commonwealth games, in 2018. What a farce! They were reluctant to bail out SLC, a sum of Rs.1 billion, only approving 500 million recently. What took so long? The earlier cry for help to bail out SLC, a few months ago, was flatly rejected by the government, who are directly responsible for the whole mess.

  • Rahul_78 on December 4, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    No earnings..thats why no scoring (runs) by Lanka cricketers.

  • on December 4, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    BCCI should look after SLC? BCCI should look after Hockey India and other sports in India? BCCI should help Bangladesh Cricket? Answer is yes, BCCI may help others but its compulsary. BCCi should however be more open minded when it comes to advances in technology like DRS!!!

  • spec12 on December 4, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    Too bad! Time for the Indian board to step in and help. Solidarity should be reciprocated. Simply expecting them to vote as you wish will not do. Come on BCCI,open up and earn some goodwill.

  • bharath74 on December 4, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    SLC are gentleman are the best behaved cricketers in the world. I guess cricket boards balance sheets pretty much depend upon their their country's financial situation. Poor management strategies and lack of vision is the reason for all the mess.

  • on December 4, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    What a situation. The gvt involvement has shown the results. Hats off to Srilankan players and as well to South African players who have spoken this publicly.

  • Rosh1 on December 4, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    TO ALL CONCERNED PARTIES.. SLC made a stupid decision to build new stadiums. They built another stadium in Kandy when they already had the asgiriya stadium (they should have only spent on renovation fo the existing stadium). In addition due to political pressure they spent on building a stadium under the president's name in his home town.At the end they had Asgiriya, Dambulla (both outstation) and SSC, P.Sara (both in Colombo) unutilized. I am into sports facility management and I know for a fact that the problem does not end after completion of construction but starts. The regular maintenance is very expensive and usually the stadiums do not generate any revenues apart from the events that happens few days of a year. This is the reason that most stadiums today come with malls and retails sectors mainly to support the stadium expenses. I don't think that either the SLC or the SL govt was advised on the correct direction.

  • on December 4, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    In few months Srilanka Cricket may need to select team members also from Army..........

  • Chris_P on December 4, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    You should be ashamed of yourselves Sri Lankan board. And you wonder why players will take up options oin the IPL? Something is very amiss when players don't get paid for so long.

  • on December 4, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    great stuff proteas!!if you can sympathize our team and not giving us a 3-0 drubbing would be ideal.

  • johnathonjosephs on December 4, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    If i was the best doctor/lawyer in the country and known around the world, I would be paid a lot, I presume? Lets say they stop my pay for a couple of months. Am I really going to continue doing the things I have done because I'm not paid? Of course I'm not. You tell one of those American Baseball/Football players they're not going to get paid for a year and they will downright quit and even make a mess of the situation by going on TV condemning them. The Sri Lankan players are very good natured people who aren't even complaining (yet)

  • on December 4, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    It's purely Politics behind this.. Y Srilanka Cricket needed new Stadium in un developed area when they don't have much money.If its government's (politicians) future plan to make that city Capital then government has to barre that cost. Spent money to satisfy only one man.... SL People need to think about this... After few months Srilanka Cricket may need to select team members also from Army..........

  • on December 4, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    i don't think this is mind game from SA because we already know the results of test & ODI series so there words come from their heart chillax

  • on December 4, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    Hats off to the south africans, you have always been a fantastic team and players. Thanks for raising up your voice for our players.

  • asterix.gaul on December 4, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    Some of the folks here have felt that the BCCI should step in to help the SLC, since it is awash with money. Why? Is it the BCCIs responsibility to bail out boards which are financially mismanaged? The BCCI, much as it is maligned, has in fact loaned SLC money earlier to keep the SLC from sinking. Of course, in a quid pro quo, the SLC kowtows to the BCCI at ICC votes. The SLC balance sheet continues to remain in tatters. That is their own doing and don't need a bailout. The side-effect is players not being paid on time -- tough luck. Why hasn't Sangakkara spoken about this? He won accolades for his "bravery" against the SL establishment at the Cowdrey lecture. Where is he now?

  • goldeneye075 on December 4, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Herath-UK don't u have better things to do dude>>

  • Sinhabahu on December 4, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    A very good gesture by the Proteas. I'm sure the Sri Lankan public would've actually supported the team if they went on strike, but credit to them for carrying on. Simply amazing.

  • Vilander on December 3, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    I dont think it would be a problem for the world class players in SL, they will continue playing for SL so that they have a career which incidentally is necessary to have ipl contracts, but what about the new guys how will they survive. Testing times, ICC should pay its dues to SL board quick, no wonder SL lost to PAK team recently.

  • Herath-UK on December 3, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    That is why they lost all series since the WC.Now the SAfricans helped them to get paid,they will beat the africans now. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on December 3, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Sri Lanka is one of the greatest cricketing nations of the world. The youngest of the top 8 of the world. Hats off to their players and the South African Cricket Association. But now i think its time for other boards to step up. They should help their Lankan counterparts in these tough times, not only for the Lankans but for the game itself

  • thenoostar on December 3, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    Sir_Freddie raises a good point. Is the time coming where test matches will become exibition matches played at neutral venues with large populations of expats. EG the PAK AUS series in Eng. If Sri Lanka cant sustain its international teams by playing at home, the next logical step is for the team to play at neural venues that can pack in big crowds and bring in some gate. The ICC needs to step in here! How much money does the ICC invest on getting Canada, USA, Holland and other countries that will never be interested in cricket? These countries only survive because of expats wanting to play and ICC investment. Why not reinvest in countries that can actually play the game but struggle with finances (and clearly administrators) like West Indies and Sri Lanka. They risk turning test cricket into a breeding ground for the IPL.

  • on December 3, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Malimga was clever, he chose IPL over test cricket

  • johnathonjosephs on December 3, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    At the same time, it is strangely understandable from Sri Lankan cricket and the only way to make this all better is to get a loan from the government. The 2012 T20 WC is in Sri Lanka and also one of the upcoming commonwealth games is hosted. Sri Lanka can not afford to really pay the players at a time like this... My thoughts? They will be paid after the T20 WC, when tourists and full stadiums will bring in money

  • johnathonjosephs on December 3, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    To be honest, it really doesn't help to practice hours and hours in the nets when you know you are not being paid for it. It turns into a question of "How dedicated are you to the game of cricket?" Dilshan must be dedicated because he is the captain, but he does not perform. Sangakkara is the true gentleman who is through some impressive form at the moment even though not being paid. Mahela? His form has dipped after the WC FInal, and the rest of the team too. It's funny because I saw the figure that SLC gets to pay their entire team, and 1 month in the IPL for some players is more than that figure

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    We should have empathy for our boys, if anyone of us were asked to work for 8 months without pay, how many will be willing to accept...

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    I hope this wont lead to another Ind-SL series

  • davidallan on December 3, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    And people here says BCCI is money minded, Now everyone should understand the value of being money minded in sports. Everybody is paid on time in INDIAN team and so is IPL cotracted players. If you won't have money then game won't be popular, money is needed to run any sport or any thing else in this money minded world. Hats off to SL players for there sportsmanship and well done Smith and AB.

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    And if these Sri Lankan players chose to play IPL over International Cricket, people would tend to condemn them, it not right in my opinion. If you're not being paid for what you're doing, you look for a different job somewhere else. Shame on SriLankan cricket administration.

  • Charindra on December 3, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Well done Smith and De Villiers! In the true spirit of cricket. Politics is killing the game in Sri Lanka, and it's commendable that none of the SL players have spoken out about the salary issue. Bravo!

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    The top sri lankan players are playing because their accounts are filled with Ipl money. Anyone want to thank BccI or the Ipl?

  • AJ_Tiger86 on December 3, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    How will the Sri Lankan board pay its players? What's the source of their income. In all the test matches I've seen in Sri Lanka in the last 12 years, NONE had even 1,000 spectators. Even the ODI crowds are disappointing 80% of the time. The SL board makes almost ZERO money from ticket sales. So, you can't expect them to pay the players in time like the ECB who make millions of pounds from every match through ticket sales.

  • tanstell87 on December 3, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    SL will look forward to play India early next year in Australia tri-series & subsequently India tour of SL in August 2012...SL has very good chance to beat SA as SA isnt the team they were back in the 90's...good luck SL !

  • Nnskrish on December 3, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Time for sl to abandon drs and pay the players atleast they are out of financial trouble......players are more important than drs

  • rama_krish on December 3, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    The world cup circus has imposed significant financial burdens on several countries, Sri Lanka only being the latest. Caribbean countries are still retiring the large debt incurred from hosting the '07 event. As for financial returns and "legacy" incomes - there is no evidence that any of that occurs.

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    @John Firth, This is the SLC you are talking about. The sports minister will pawn the player's bats for his own salary.

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    How can someone create a whole of $23Mn and no investigations are called for? Was the $23Mn loss an approved one? Why is ICC finding it difficult to complete the Audit for so long?

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Hats off to Graeme Smith and De Villiers on showing their support towards the Sri Lankan cricket members. Great sportsmanship.

  • puneet_usa on December 3, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Yes it is truly heartening to see South African Cricketers coming out in support of the SL players on the delayed salary issue- But I would have ideally appreciated BCCI's active involvement in these kind of situations- The richest cricketing board on earth "BCCI" should be ashamed of itself that they are not able to help out their neighboring boards financially in these kind of sensitive issues-I would love to see that" helping each other culture develop" amongst these IND Subcontinent Cricket nations-because they all can mutually benefit each other so much...Got to look at the" BIG PICTURE"- but sad that money has piled up so much around some people that they just can't see beyond that- I truly admire the courage of the SL cricketers and SL nation for their resilience and patriotism which will be hard to find in today's professional sports era- That proves that They truly represent SL and are seeing it as a National Duty than a JUST PAY CHECK..

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    icc should take over SLC and write off any connections with the govt. first.. then look at establishing a proper board or else ban sl from playing cricket. .... Until issues are resolved!

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Sri Lankans are selfless cricketers, its in their culture. Just could not believe that they had carried on for 8 months without raising any "noise"! Imagine the same thing happening to Indian cricketers, they might quit playing for India and taken up IPL!! They are too worried about money, may be its time that they learn from SL cricketers.

  • napster82 on December 3, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    SL players get multi-million dollar contracts ( converted LKR, it is more like Billions of rupees) from IPL. That amount is more than several lifetimes of earning of a top CEO in that country... so don't think they are in any hardship at the moment. but I like the game strategy of the SA players even at this stage before commencement of the series to engage in a psychological warfare with their opponents to create that rift between SLC administration and players... good tactics by SA..good luck

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    it's a good sign...gr8 sports men ship

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Players should have been paid even if the board had to pawn stuff to fund their wages.

  • Romenevans on December 3, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    ....and they were planning for SLP. What a Joke.

  • SLfan on December 3, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Hats off to Smith and de Villiers for showing their support for our cricketers...You're absolutely correct and obviously this is demoralizing for players and definitely this affects their performance.

  • Lord.emsworth on December 3, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Mighty decent of the South Africans although to be a bit mischevious I would suspect a Machiavellian plot to put the Sri Lankans on a mental backfoot. SL are already in a sinking boat with their current hopeless side and it would take just a little to tip them over.

  • puneet_usa on December 3, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    @Mendis_Forever- Yes it is truly heartening to see South African Cricketers coming out in support of the SL players on the delayed salary issue- But I would have ideally appreciated BCCI's active involvement in these kind of situations- The richest cricketing board on earth "BCCI" should be ashamed of itself that they are not able to help out their neighboring boards financially in these kind of sensitive issues-I would love to see that" helping each other culture develop" amongst these IND Subcontinent Cricket nations-because they all can mutually benefit each other so much...Got to look at the" BIG PICTURE"- but sad that money has piled up so much around some people that they just can't see beyond that- I truly admire the courage of the SL cricketers and SL nation for their resilience and patriotism which will be hard to find in today's professional sports era- That proves that They truly represent SL and are seeing it as a National Duty than a JUST PAY CHECK..Well DONE..!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Thanks for your support SA. My salute goes to one of my favourite cricket team, SA.

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    More India series please.

  • Sinhaya on December 3, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Thank you Graeme Smith, you are a true gentleman! Time the Sri Lanka cricket board rogues get severe punishment. Shocking that the sports minister is not bothering to conduct an enquiry in to this mess Sri Lanka cricket has got into!

  • Psychopathetikka on December 3, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Respect to the SA cricketers for showing their support. Great sportsmanship from them.. Politicians and the government should stop meddling in things such as sport for selfish reasons. Cuz when they do this is what happens. Good luck to the SL and SA teams for the upcoming tournament.

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Now if SLC is in this huge mess and they will continue to go deeper and deeper in this mire, my question is, how are you going to organize World T20 next year??

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    good words from ab & smith GENTLEMEN

  • MENDIS_Forever on December 3, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Thank you gentlemen for raising your voice for the support of our cricket team.This indeed shows the great sportsmanship of SA.cheers!!

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  • MENDIS_Forever on December 3, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Thank you gentlemen for raising your voice for the support of our cricket team.This indeed shows the great sportsmanship of SA.cheers!!

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    good words from ab & smith GENTLEMEN

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Now if SLC is in this huge mess and they will continue to go deeper and deeper in this mire, my question is, how are you going to organize World T20 next year??

  • Psychopathetikka on December 3, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Respect to the SA cricketers for showing their support. Great sportsmanship from them.. Politicians and the government should stop meddling in things such as sport for selfish reasons. Cuz when they do this is what happens. Good luck to the SL and SA teams for the upcoming tournament.

  • Sinhaya on December 3, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Thank you Graeme Smith, you are a true gentleman! Time the Sri Lanka cricket board rogues get severe punishment. Shocking that the sports minister is not bothering to conduct an enquiry in to this mess Sri Lanka cricket has got into!

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    More India series please.

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Thanks for your support SA. My salute goes to one of my favourite cricket team, SA.

  • puneet_usa on December 3, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    @Mendis_Forever- Yes it is truly heartening to see South African Cricketers coming out in support of the SL players on the delayed salary issue- But I would have ideally appreciated BCCI's active involvement in these kind of situations- The richest cricketing board on earth "BCCI" should be ashamed of itself that they are not able to help out their neighboring boards financially in these kind of sensitive issues-I would love to see that" helping each other culture develop" amongst these IND Subcontinent Cricket nations-because they all can mutually benefit each other so much...Got to look at the" BIG PICTURE"- but sad that money has piled up so much around some people that they just can't see beyond that- I truly admire the courage of the SL cricketers and SL nation for their resilience and patriotism which will be hard to find in today's professional sports era- That proves that They truly represent SL and are seeing it as a National Duty than a JUST PAY CHECK..Well DONE..!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lord.emsworth on December 3, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Mighty decent of the South Africans although to be a bit mischevious I would suspect a Machiavellian plot to put the Sri Lankans on a mental backfoot. SL are already in a sinking boat with their current hopeless side and it would take just a little to tip them over.

  • SLfan on December 3, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Hats off to Smith and de Villiers for showing their support for our cricketers...You're absolutely correct and obviously this is demoralizing for players and definitely this affects their performance.