Sri Lanka Premier League 2012 July 17, 2012

No SLPL till board settles central contracts - Jayawardene

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has said the country's cricketers may decide against taking part in the inaugural season of the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) if the Sri Lankan board doesn't "settle" the players' central contracts.

"We will only sign SLPL contracts once the central contracts of Sri Lanka players are settled," Jayawardene said at the launch of the SLPL. "We discussed it about a month ago, before the Pakistan tour. I hope we can sort it out within the next few days."

SLC president Upali Dharmadasa, however, said that the issue would be sorted out by July 25. The players and board have been negotiating contracts since March this year.

The contract issue follows a year in which SLC ran into financial problems after running up debts of close to $70 million to finance the building of two international stadiums in Hambantota and Pallekele, and to renovate the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, for the 2011 World Cup. As a result the players were not initially paid their salaries for eight months. In December 2011, 42.36% of the fees due to the players from the World Cup to September 30, 2011 were paid. The payment of US$2 million was made directly into the players' bank accounts, instead of routing it through Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), on December 16.

SLC claimed to have paid the remaining dues in March 2012 after the state-owned Bank of Ceylon agreed to release 600 million rupees (approx US$5.07 million) to the board, following discussions with sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

However, the players have not been paid since the previous contracts expired, as the new contracts have not been been signed and therefore the terms and conditions of payments have not yet been established.

Jayawardene, who is part of the Wayamba franchise, also said the focus of the tournament should always remain on developing the game in Sri Lanka. "While we say all good things about the tournament, let me caution everyone … While we are making financial gains, the commitment of the people involved should be to harness the talent, develop the game in the outstations, get every possible youngster involved and let them realise their dream of playing for Sri Lanka one day."

SLC had released a list of 107 local players and 56 overseas players for the first edition of the SLPL, which is set to start on August 10. The tournament, which features seven franchises this year, will have two more the next year, covering all nine provinces. However, the board is yet to finalise the budget for the tournament.

"We are yet to estimate the cost. We are working out the budget," SLC's treasurer Nuski Mohammed said. "I don't think there will be a big cost. It'll be a very marginal net cost."

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  • on July 18, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    what a brave leader we've got!

  • bored_iam on July 17, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary: Remember what the 'ordinary' Sehwag did to ur team in the WC2011 opening match??? And btw, how many test matches have the "invincible" BD team won exactly?

  • bored_iam on July 17, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    I genuinely hope the SLPL is a financial success or we're gonna be forced into another meaningless Ind-SL series.

  • on July 17, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Well said Mahela.THe board should give priority to the players and their well being.Without players there is no board. The matter is simple as that.

  • ProdigyA on July 17, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Now like PCB dont approach BCCI for favours. BCCI has done enough for SLC until now, its time to stand up on ur legs. Good job Mahela.

  • Sinhaya on July 17, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Great move Mahela but now the breaking news is that the contract is issue is settled as cricinfo says!

  • MichaelBurton on July 17, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    @Sonya Jones: But Aus is afraid of one team which has shown in the recent past. That is SL.

  • on July 17, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    boom boom is da best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 17, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Enough is enough. Good move by the players.

  • on July 17, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    That's The Way Mayya... Don't Let Robbers To Dominate!! We Love Our Lions...Always With You...

  • on July 18, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    what a brave leader we've got!

  • bored_iam on July 17, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary: Remember what the 'ordinary' Sehwag did to ur team in the WC2011 opening match??? And btw, how many test matches have the "invincible" BD team won exactly?

  • bored_iam on July 17, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    I genuinely hope the SLPL is a financial success or we're gonna be forced into another meaningless Ind-SL series.

  • on July 17, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Well said Mahela.THe board should give priority to the players and their well being.Without players there is no board. The matter is simple as that.

  • ProdigyA on July 17, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Now like PCB dont approach BCCI for favours. BCCI has done enough for SLC until now, its time to stand up on ur legs. Good job Mahela.

  • Sinhaya on July 17, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Great move Mahela but now the breaking news is that the contract is issue is settled as cricinfo says!

  • MichaelBurton on July 17, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    @Sonya Jones: But Aus is afraid of one team which has shown in the recent past. That is SL.

  • on July 17, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    boom boom is da best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 17, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Enough is enough. Good move by the players.

  • on July 17, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    That's The Way Mayya... Don't Let Robbers To Dominate!! We Love Our Lions...Always With You...

  • maddy20 on July 17, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    @Sonya Jones Irrelevant comments like yours on a thread that boast about a team (which was thrashed by lowly ranked WI) is the reason why no one likes Australia apart from the OZ!

  • AKS286 on July 17, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    ohhhh whatever will happen contract or whatevet. but gayle, pollard, bravo, KP must be in the team. if WI or eng matches are going on no matter they will definately play SLPL if their motherland will face defeat or whatever.

  • Valavan on July 17, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    @Narbavi, Sehwag is a walking wicket in any greeny swinging condition, did you remember 8 - 0 in tests and thorough thrashing in CB series, sehwag is less than average out of subcontinent. make sure your sehwag plays more games in India, else he will retire with test ave under 45. cricinfo please publish.

  • on July 17, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    We should make Sri Lanka cricket board a quoted public limited company.The present popularity of cricket is very low with fewer crowds for ODI's and Test Matches. Cricketers who pick and choose the formats should be kicked out of the team permanently.

  • madras_boy on July 17, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    @Derek if they unify the league, who will be at loss ??? It is INDIA dude !!! If India Sneezes, cricket Sneezes !!!

  • on July 17, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Here we go,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Good move by Mahela

  • on July 17, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    We have the best team in the world and also the best players. The Australian team was invincible for many years and produced world class players, who performed consistently against every opposition. The likes of Ponting, Warne etc were superstars who could win matches single handily. The team is going through a transition period right now but we still have a team, which can beat anyone. We are waiting for other countries to catch up to our standards, lol. Keep trying.

  • on July 17, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Can't they not unify Indian subcontinent premier league cricket to one league. India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Similar things in other parts of the world too.

  • on July 17, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    The SL players should seek to find out if there has been any financial impropriety by members of the board. The debt of $70 million is unacceptable as financial decisions made by the board members have put SL Cricket on the back foot. Not only has it put pressure on the players to keep performing without being paid, but the allocated money could have been used to improve Cricket in different parts of the country. Sangakara has been quite vocal in the past but it's good to see Mahela take similar stand. Anyway, I am a huge Cricket fan and Jayasuriya has always been one of my favourite SL player.

  • shibuvin on July 17, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary... Jayawardene is the Captain and has all the rights to talk for his players.. But who are you to talk about him? He did the best in the last test b/w SL and PAK.. He never said wanting to be Ranatunga or Imran khan. But He is a Leader too.

  • sujanm on July 17, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    As Sri lankan fans we back mahela all the way in this matter...

  • shibuvin on July 17, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Why players having payment issue everywhere??? Even IPL, BPL and now SLPL......:)

  • Naveed85 on July 17, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    SLC always in financial mess...

  • on July 17, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I really admired the SL players conduct, when they decided to keep playing despite not being paid their salary for so long. Obviously, their patience is wearing thin by now with the management so it's good for Mahela to take a stand and seek to solve these lingering issues. Good luck to the team.

  • Narbavi on July 17, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    @Sehwag: Wait, so u think that sehwag is ordinary?? i think u need some counselling

  • on July 17, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Right captain to SL............Hats off tis is cause for improvement and talented players too come back with heavy competion...

  • on July 17, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    please make atleast one SLPL for srilankan domestic players, such a boring from start, common srilanka pakistan, don't try to be like INDIA, you can't

  • matchfixerpkn on July 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Sehwag_Is_Ordinary .. how many test matches all together yoru team own in hisory ?? may be 1 or 2 ..have never won any test agaisnt teams..also what wwe can expect from ..where pretty ordinary shakib is compared to botham..and some one even feel he is beterttah bradman..whtih below avarage of 30...

  • Udendra on July 17, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    very well said Mahela. You have all the right in the world to ask for what you deserve.

  • on July 17, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary lol, yes, test cricket is indeed about winning alright. but please tell it to "your team" about that. They haven't won a single test match against a major test playing nation yet, if i'm not mistaken....... (you know what team i'm talking about) and as for your information Jayawardena nor sanga want to be like ranatunga or imran. They are on a class of their own. Don't try to bring what happend on-field to off-field. Jayawardena and sanga is standing against a system which by now most sri lankans are totally repulsed by. Hats off to them........... and as for SLPL, we couldn't care less, If players don't like it, then so be it. i don't want to see another trainwreck like in BPL(salary management) or controversies in IPL.

  • on July 17, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary: Jayawardene is the Current Srilankan Captain. So he has to speak for all the Players!. And about the Positive approach to test cricket... well, Mahela has played for 16 years now, and he knows more about cricket than you know.. and he knows how to approach test cricket better than you.. And it seems as if you work for your employer without wages... LoL

  • on July 17, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Way to go... surely.. Mahela............

  • cdublew on July 17, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Good on you Mahela...I am surprised that the SL cricketers have not taken this stand earlier. Where is all the money going ? Who is accountable for all this ? The SLC Board officials need to answer these questions as this seems to be a continuing saga.

  • satish619chandar on July 17, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Lol.. Make hay while the sun shines.. SL board now in a situation to settle the things.. This is how you deal with it Mahela.. Time for the board to ACT.. And, immediately..

  • madeinsrilanka on July 17, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Ha.., We waited so long for that leadership.! well DONE !

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on July 17, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    btw who is Jayawardene to speak for all the players? It was so disappointing to see bogged down approach to test match and now this; wanting to be Ranatunga or Imran khan won't help because he is no where near them. Please be more positive about approaching cricket, test cricket is all bout winning

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on July 17, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    haha this not going to take place

  • manusira on July 17, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    way 2 go SL crickters.,.,.,,..

  • yorkslanka on July 17, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    well said, if the board doesnt know how to behave in the right manner they need to be directed..

  • Third_Gear on July 17, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    This so called tournament not going to take place at ALL.

  • on July 17, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    That's it. Great Mahela. Way to go.

  • on July 17, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    finally we have a captain,,

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  • on July 17, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    finally we have a captain,,

  • on July 17, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    That's it. Great Mahela. Way to go.

  • Third_Gear on July 17, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    This so called tournament not going to take place at ALL.

  • yorkslanka on July 17, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    well said, if the board doesnt know how to behave in the right manner they need to be directed..

  • manusira on July 17, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    way 2 go SL crickters.,.,.,,..

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on July 17, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    haha this not going to take place

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on July 17, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    btw who is Jayawardene to speak for all the players? It was so disappointing to see bogged down approach to test match and now this; wanting to be Ranatunga or Imran khan won't help because he is no where near them. Please be more positive about approaching cricket, test cricket is all bout winning

  • madeinsrilanka on July 17, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Ha.., We waited so long for that leadership.! well DONE !

  • satish619chandar on July 17, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Lol.. Make hay while the sun shines.. SL board now in a situation to settle the things.. This is how you deal with it Mahela.. Time for the board to ACT.. And, immediately..

  • cdublew on July 17, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Good on you Mahela...I am surprised that the SL cricketers have not taken this stand earlier. Where is all the money going ? Who is accountable for all this ? The SLC Board officials need to answer these questions as this seems to be a continuing saga.