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May 22, 2012
Cricketers not contracted with Sri Lanka Cricket will no longer be allowed to use the board's facilities, including medical assistance, the board's executive committee has decided. SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga confirmed these details to ESPNcricinfo.
The decision has so far met with a positive response. "I believe it's fair enough," Ken de Alwis, the spokesman of the Sri Lanka Cricketers Association told Daily Mirror. "If a player signs a contract, then he becomes an employee of SLC. But if a player does not sign it, then SLC has no obligation to look after his interests."
The SLC will submit the contract proposals to the association.
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga didn't sign an SLC contract last year but received medical assistance from the board when he returned to Sri Lanka briefly for treatment during the current IPL season, in which he's representing Mumbai Indians. Malinga plays for Sri Lanka in limited-overs internationals but has retired from Test cricket. Nishantha Ranatunga, at the time of Malinga's treatment, had said: "Though he has no central contract, it is the SLC's duty to look after the national players." The latest proposal by the SLC, though, suggests a chance of stance.
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