Sri Lanka news March 15, 2012

Sri Lanka players receive outstanding dues

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka Cricket has said it has paid its cricketers their outstanding dues, which had been pending since the 2011 World Cup. The ICC had paid 42.36% of the dues to the players directly, in December, out of the participation fee due to Sri Lanka from the tournament. SLC announced in February that it would pay the remainder of the dues by the end of the month, 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.

The board now said the players "have been paid all their dues in full up to date."

"We extend our sincere thanks to the sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage and the secretary, ministry of sports for assisting Sri Lanka Cricket to source these funds at this very difficult time in order to pay our players," a board release said.

The Sri Lanka players had been owed around $4.3 million by SLC in December before the ICC paid part of their dues. The board is in the middle of a major financial crunch after having run up debts of $32.5 million to finance the building of two international stadiums in Hambantota and Pallekele, and to renovate the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, for the World Cup.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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  • udendra on March 16, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @gularan: agree. performance based payments should be accommodated.

  • Johnathon on March 16, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Thank god. In the middle of the South Africa tour when the heat and the SLC were coming down hard, I thought Sri Lankan cricket was gone

  • Moses on March 16, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Now Jayawardene can pay 10% fine to ICC!!

  • Jerome on March 16, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Typical of the Sri Lankan Cricket mismanaging of funds and building stadiums just to show the world. Whats wrong with the existing facilities. Maybe some need upgrading at a fraction of the cost. Why was Geoff Marsh's contract terminated when he only just took over? Those who run SL Cricket have no shame. You are a joke. The boys compete with the best and beat teams that have better structure and guidance. Why cant you work with the talent than against it.

  • Charindra on March 16, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Finally!!! This joke was dragging on for way too long!

  • Ashish on March 16, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    kudos to the srilankan players for well even without lack of external motivation. I would have been very hard to keep that fire alight after all the frustration of not getting paid.

  • Mohamed on March 16, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Corrupted officers in the board are responsible for the financial crisis.........

  • Michael on March 16, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    now the government has stepped in they will probably lose it all to the taxman

  • sri on March 15, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Sri Lanka Cricket Board ----------------------------- Please ,Please in futue put all the cricketers on PERFORMANCE BASED contracts and do not pay them or pay only 10% of the fees if they under perform. You will see an electric change then- ya mark my words!!!

  • Sai on March 15, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    I said this before, and I'm going to say it again! From an Indian point of view, Sri Lanka have done outstandingly well under a mediocre captain until Mahela took up the job. Achieving a first test win in SA and nearly a ODI series win vs SA are few of the great feats achieved. Although there were many lows and disappointments, SL have kept the "Sri Lankan spirit" burning within them and have continued to play the "Sri Lankan brand of cricket". Well done Sri Lanka, happy that you guys finally got your well deserved dues after an outstanding CB series!!! Keep it going!!! - Indian fan

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