Sri Lanka news October 27, 2011

Sri Lankan players unpaid since World Cup - reports

ESPNcricinfo staff

About 100 cricketers contracted to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), including national players, have not been paid their salaries since the 2011 World Cup, co-hosted by Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, BBC Sinhala has reported.

There were also doubts over whether the SLC would be able to pay salaries in the next two months. "There is a truth in those media reports to a certain extent," SLC chairman Upali Dharmadasa was quoted as telling BBC Sinhala.

Dharmadasa said efforts were being made to pay the players as soon as the SLC received the remaining payments from the ICC for staging the World Cup. "The ICC still owes us $4-5 million," he said.

The board had revamped the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and built two new grounds in Pallekele and Hambantota for the tournament in February and March, and the capital expenditure incurred is reported to have left it in debt.

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  • Birathiban on October 30, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    Also hosting T20 WC 2012 is also a useless thing..., again a lost for BCCSL.

  • Anil on October 27, 2011, 15:38 GMT


  • Kalyanaraman on October 27, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Oh no, not another India-SL series.

  • Bharat on October 27, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Well Kolkata, the ground half full!!!!!!!!!!! Completely unheard of. India Cricket match , that involves Indian Cricket team even a dead rudder is completely full. Like remember 4 years ago, when we were hosting Australia, the series was gone in Nagpur, but people were jam packed in Mumbai, even when the scorline read 4-1 Now....i do not think cricket will be viewed so much, even if India go there. That too Indians must of tired of watching Lanka play, So much Lanka over the past 4 years... so that might not do any body that good....!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2011, 13:39 GMT


  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    This is ridiculous! The players are burning their skins in hot UAE weather, and they are not getting paid to do their jobs. Cutting players' paychecks must be the first priority for any cricket board.

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    We are dysfunctional. We don't have the guts to make our own decision. We fear powerful cricket boards (actually just one). We owe a certain cricket board 5 million dollars. Then we wonder why players opt for the more lucrative t20 club cricket. We are ICC. We are lame and spineless.

  • Anil on October 27, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Please first pay your players otherwise the dream of winning even 1 test match without MURALI will not happen.IT HAS BEEN PATHETIC BATTING DISPLAYS SINCE LAST 12 TEST MATCHES BY THE LANKAN BATSMEN. STRUGGLING TO SCORE MORE THAN 200-250 RUNS ON ASIAN WICKETS IS ATROCIOUS TO SAY THE LEAST.

  • Andy on October 27, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    India and Bangladesh ended up with profits after hosting WC matches while Sri Lanka ended up in debts. Wow! SLC does know hot run into debt every now 7& then, it was the same reason we had India vs SriLanka matches every couple of months to clear off the debts. May be another couple of series against India now ?

  • Sampath on October 27, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    That is why Mahela and Dilshan not scoring runs ??????????

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