Sri Lanka news December 7, 2011

SL players to get part payment of outstanding dues

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Sri Lanka sports minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, has said that the Sri Lanka players would be paid 65% of their dues within the next two weeks, while the balance amount would be paid by January 15 next year.

"We will be able to complete the full payment by January," Altuthgamage told the Sri Lankan parliament on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has not paid their players their salaries since the 2011 World Cup ended in April after running up debts of US$32.5 million to finance the building of two international cricket stadiums in Hambantota and Pallekele, and to renovate the ground in Colombo, for the World Cup.

Aluthgamage said that the ICC had agreed to pay US$2 million to SLC and that the coach and players would be paid out of those funds. 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.

South Africa's cricketers lent their support to the Sri Lanka players ahead of the upcoming bilateral series between the sides, saying it was a credit to the Sri Lanka team that they had kept going, but the issue needed to be resolved soon.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka captain, said the board had told him they would try and sort out the payments within the next week. " We discussed with the Cricket Association last week and they promised it will be sorted out before the Test match, Dilshan told reporters at a press conference in Benoni. "I can't push more than that. I'm here to play cricket. I have to focus on that."

Dilshan also thanked the South Africa players and FICA for their support. "It [statement by SA cricketers] has definitely helped. Thanks to Graeme Smith and AB [de Villiers] for giving a statement, and to FICA."

Sri Lanka have struggled since the World Cup, losing Test and ODI series to Australia, England and Pakistan. But Dilshan said he didn't think that the payment saga had affected his team's performances. "We try to play good cricket. Everyone wants to play cricket. We are not worried about payments. We know it is important but we have come here [South Africa] to play cricket. That's the main target as a team."

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  • S on December 10, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Its good news and hope the authorities keep up their promise.

  • Kawata on December 10, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket players are putting themselves behind the country, our salute to them but SL Govt. should take care of there team because they are our ambassadors of peace. We always behind you guys. This issue may not have being escalated to MR otherwise he will be totally in to this because he is a fair and concern leader of the nation.

  • Unni on December 8, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Expression of Dilshan is apt for the situation

  • B on December 8, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Yikes. I wonder if Geoff Marsh knew it was liable to become a pro bono gig when he signed on. I also wonder if SL cricket authorities are aware that failure to pay wages can attract a jail term in most modern countries. It appears such safeguards don't exist in SL, however...

  • Ravindra on December 8, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    @Sinhaya Don't have too much hope about broadcast rights. broadcast right in sri lanka has already gone to some polotician owned network for few pennies.

  • Sai on December 8, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    Wow.... SLC just don't understand. If you don't pay your players properly, then how do you expect them to play well, that too under pressure? First, they should take loans and settle off the players' salaries and then worry about their debts of renovating the stadiums. SLC definitely needs a new chairman who is not involved in politics just as badly as SL need a new captain (hopefully Matthews).

  • Rated on December 7, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    i dont think it will work..its just a consolation to play well in SA.

  • K on December 7, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    very good mayybe now sl will finally win, how do you expect them to play when the players arent getting paid and they have to survive on ipl?!?

  • Prashan on December 7, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Great news but still with debts to the tune of $32 million means, near future of BCCSL is very bleak. Hope the TV rights deals for the next year's March home series against England along with June and July series against Pakistan and India will be of high value.

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