Sri Lanka news December 4, 2011

Sri Lanka players to be paid soon - sports minister

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Sri Lanka's sports minister, has said the Sri Lanka cricketers who have not received their salaries since the World Cup will be paid, at least in part, by next week. Sri Lanka have played three series since the end of the World Cup, and the players are still awaiting payment, including match fees and contract payments.

"There has always been a delay of four to five months in paying their salaries," Aluthgamage told BBC Sinhala. "We admit that the players are to be paid 347 million Sri Lankan rupees for the last seven months, until September." He said that he expected half of the outstanding salaries to be paid initially.

Sri Lanka Cricket has been in debt to the tune of US$23 million since co-hosting the World Cup and the board had to ask the Sri Lanka government for a grant. The financial crisis centres around the construction of new stadiums in Hambantota and Pallekele, and the renovation of the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo for the World Cup. SLC has been expecting payments from the ICC amounting to $4.3million for co-hosting the World Cup, but has had to wait until the completion of the governing body's World Cup audit.

The payment of salaries is now possible as the ICC is set to release part of that money to the SLC, according to Aluthgamage. "Yes there has been a delay," he said. "But now the accounts have been submitted."

Aluthgamage also confirmed that the government had refused the grant of one billion Sri Lankan rupees that was requested by the SLC, but had sanctioned a grant for 50 million rupees.

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  • Marcian on December 7, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    I think he - the sports minister - doesnt know whats he's saying: the delay is 8 months, not 4-5 months. For god's sake, at least get the figures right next time!

  • dummy4fb on December 5, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    @ 3liteindia/Ahsan_Shere....Thanks ever so much for the support u guys have given for SL cricket.Truly proud of Srilankan cricketers for the way they handled this situation.commom SL lets go back to the glory days and showed the world what a great cricketing nation we are.

  • vallavarayar on December 5, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    I wonder what the Minister's cut is in the ICC pay-out.

  • DIL7 on December 5, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    i always respect the way sl team plays.true gentlemen are there in sl team.hats of to the sl lions..

  • Balumekka on December 5, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    @3liteindia: Thank you so much for encouraging words. True neighbors!

  • rahulcricket007 on December 5, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    SL WILL COME HARD AT SA FOR SURE

  • crickstats on December 5, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Mr. Suraj Dandeniya claims we have made profit of Rs. 1.8 billion, he was the tournament director in Sri Lanka

  • kalof123 on December 5, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    due to salaries were not payed, SL team pressure will be reduced a bit. their under performing trend will be stopped,as every body talking about this salary payments. this is a mental advantage for SL, and a good excuse for them. also hope team will get this as a postive feedback for the south african tour.

  • Asintha on December 5, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    @3liteindia Thanks Dude You Are A True Gentleman.

  • chandau on December 5, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    @ cricinfo: "... government had refused the grant of one billion Sri Lankan rupees that was requested by the SLC, but had sanctioned a grant for 50 million rupees." printer's devil? believe the parliment approved LKR 500Mn.

    LOL LOL LOL ""There has been a delay of four to five months in paying their salaries," Aluthgamage told BBC Sinhala. "We admit the players are to be paid 347 million Sri Lankan rupees for last seven months, until September." He said that he expected half of the outstanding salaries to be paid initially.

    How many people thin kthis guy is funny , illiterate or both? first he says the delay was for 4-5 months. then he says players will be paid for 7 months till September. finally he says half the salaries will be paid. Is this a Shaun Pollock Moment (a la worldcup semi finals 2007) or is he extreamely bad at maths? its wool over everyones' eyes. net effect is payment of 3 months salaries. Sri Lankan politicians at their BEST! SAD for criketers :(

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