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FICA to look into Sri Lanka's salary delays

Kanishkaa Balachandran

November 30, 2011

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The Sri Lankan Cricketers' Association (SLCA) has contacted the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) seeking assistance over the delay in the cricketers' salaries for series following the World Cup this year.

Sri Lanka have played three series since the end of the World Cup in April and the players are still awaiting payment, including match fees and contract payments. Tim May, the FICA chief executive, stated in a release that the association had been contacted to ensure the payments were made as soon as possible.

"We are aware that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is undergoing some cash flow difficulties at present as it awaits its final payment from the ICC for World Cup hosting fees," May said. "But SLCA and FICA will be looking at possible ways of ensuring the monies owed by the ICC, which are due to be paid in late December 2011 or January 2012, are released with urgency, and on condition it is used to pay the players forthwith."

SLC is expecting to receive payments from the ICC to the tune of US$4.3million for co-hosting the World Cup.

May also expressed concern that the long wait for payments could lure players towards lucrative options such as playing in global Twenty20 tournaments, at the expense of playing for the country. "With the IPL and other Twenty20 competitions emerging as a realistic alternative to international cricket for players, the SLC urgently needs to address this situation with its players," May said.

"The players have been incredibly patient to date and continued to play in the interests of their country, but this is now reaching a critical point."

The ICC is expected to disburse payments only after they complete the World Cup audit. "This is a matter for SLC, not for the ICC. In terms of standard policy, the final payments due from the World Cup is only paid on completion of the audits, which is expected to be signed off at the next ICC Board meeting," an ICC spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo.

An SLC official said the board is aware of these concerns and that steps are being taken to ensure the situation is under control. "The sports ministry is making arrangements to resolve this issue," the source told ESPNcricinfo. "The players will be paid very soon. They need not worry."

SLC has been in a financial crisis in recent months 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. All three 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.

The payments crisis has coincided with team's plunge in form - since August, they have failed to beat Australia at home and Pakistan in the UAE. The team heads to South Africa next month for three Tests and five ODIs.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 16:41 GMT)

Investigation should be 1st done as to why this happened....Punish DS de Silva n Nishantha Ranatunga 1st if found guilty.....No use if these ppl r gently let off.....

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (December 3, 2011, 14:46 GMT)

"Just be patient.you'll be paid soon.I think the salaries are no problem to you all." - Said by hon. Mahindananda, the SL sports minister.Huh..so..salaries are no problem for SL cricketers?Then show it by not taking your own salary for next 8 month and prove it.

Posted by anuradea on (December 1, 2011, 23:56 GMT)

Does this mean the CEO and the top management who are responsible for the finances of SLC also have not being paid???? If they are paid and not the the cricketers who are very people who earn these money in order to run SLC, it is an extremely sad state of affairs. Also, if SLC is waiting for over 4 million dollars from ICC, 1) What is the delay in ICC paying? 2) Why don't SLC pledge that amount and get a loan and payoff the cricketers and their other liabilities as any other enterprise would do?? 3) Does this mean the credit worthiness of the SLC is so low, with all the high incomes they have been reporting, there is no single bank in the country that would lend to them? 4) Does this not amount to lack of management ability to manage a business?? I only hope, SLC will resolve this soon as we are going into a major series and we NEED THE WHOLE SQUAD ABSOLUTELY MOTIVATED and not worry about money matters.

Posted by   on (December 1, 2011, 10:27 GMT)

ofcourse this is the problem for sri lanka team are facing.give the salary as soon as possible please otherwise we cant change loosing way.goodluck sri lanka

Posted by   on (December 1, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

Shame on you SLC..Pay them soon if you want to see the team plays good cricket

Posted by   on (December 1, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

SLC should pay the players as priority above all else. It should find short term ways and means of paying them pending ICC payents. Nandi Jasen/LA.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (December 1, 2011, 5:30 GMT)

@ Philip_Gnana : ICC will pay only after the world cup audit. This is not only for Srilanka but to all countries. Their respective cricket board need to take action. FICA or Tim May cant do anything about this. But its really great that SL player playing their heart out for the nation. If you pay good Malinga may play some magic spells as Champions league .. Who knows ???

Posted by   on (December 1, 2011, 0:26 GMT)

This is awful.They are professionals as anyone else and should have been paid without a delay.One month is fine but this long delay is totally unacceptable.The previous administrators who are responsible for this situation should be punished.Poor administration is ruining our game and it is sad to witness that.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (November 30, 2011, 23:21 GMT)

The seniors and the those who have been playing in the IPL will be able to afford the delays as they have had jackpots after jackpots each year. The senior players stayed back in India playing in the IPL, without joining the team for the warm up games in England. Thus building their bank balances. The junior players did not have that luxury. The concern would be the effect this has on the younger players and the demotivating factor that they have to endure which must surely be affecting the performance of the team. It sure is not a coincidence that the drop in form, the "kings speech" by Sanga, have all had some connection. Why is it that the ICC has still not paid SLC their dues? $4.3 million dollars is a huge amount. The interest alone on this sum must be huge at a modest 5%... US$100k!!! ICC has to deliver and all nations need to ask for reasons. Have the rest of the nations been paid? If so then why only SLC?

Posted by Maduka43 on (November 30, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

Theres no wonder why SL players loosing their motivation on the game without bieng paid.

Posted by mishy on (November 30, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

Please pay these guys.you cannot surely expect them to continue entertaining us for free. They have families to feed

Posted by KingOwl on (November 30, 2011, 16:31 GMT)

"The payments crisis has coincided with team's plunge in form": I hope there is no connection. If there is of course that would be very sad. I think the players know very well that they are going to be paid. So, there should be no doubt. But given the general dis-functional nature of SLC, it is quite possible that the players are a bit fed up - i.e., more than usual - and that can certainly affect 100% performance level, which is always required to beat top teams.

Posted by LoveLanka on (November 30, 2011, 14:16 GMT)

One might say... that cricketers are earning in millions and they could servive years without get paid their fees. may be right with the players of some other countries.. but not Sri Lanka... i believe they play in IPL from here and there but... when you go big .. your obligations are big.... what i try to say is that... your salary or what ever you get in return for what you do the whole day is the most important thing to you end of the day... for me it is so, if i dont get it next day... i might find it difficult.. if i dont get in next couple of day.. i might find it very difficult... if i dont get if in a week.. i will find it very.. very.. difficult and i dont know how i might react.. as a Sri Lankan I SALUTE this bunch of our HEROS for been so silent and still go out here and there to do their part for the country. i ask the resposible people to respect our players and also not to make us feel shame..

Posted by sivy_man on (November 30, 2011, 14:10 GMT)

Could that be one of the main reasons for the poor australian and pakistan series?

Posted by Charindra on (November 30, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

Got to feel sorry for the players. The administrators and cricket politics is ruining the game.

Posted by Stark62 on (November 30, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

icc is to blame for this because they haven't SLC yet!

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