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SLC not to recognise player agents

Andrew Fidel Fernando

February 14, 2013

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Sri Lanka Cricket has decided not to recognise player agents and will take a harsh view of players who decline central contracts, SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has said. Players will still be allowed to have agents represent them elsewhere, but will not be able to involve their agents in dealings with SLC.

Ranatunga said he had made SLC's stance on player agents clear to new captains Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, and that the new policy to ignore agents and deal directly with players was borne out of a belief that agent involvement constituted a net negative to cricket in Sri Lanka.

"If you look at the past, the board used to correspond and communicate with the player agents," Ranatunga said. "At that time the board felt agents would allow the players to concentrate on the game as the agents would do the other work. But after what has happened in the past few years, the board took a clear decision not to recognise player agents, because they bring more negatives than positives.

"We explained to the new captain and the vice-captain that if there are any players who don't sign the SLC contracts within 10 days, we don't expect them to be in the national team."

In 2011, Lasith Malinga turned down a central contract with SLC, citing dissatisfaction with the amount the board had offered him. Malinga was placed in the top salary bracket, but was only eligible for 40% of the $100,000 the other players would receive, because he did not play Test cricket. He has, however, made himself available for every ODI and Twenty20 match for Sri Lanka since.

Ranatunga also emphasised that SLC's purview extended beyond the interests of the elite band of players who have agents, and suggested that in representing a handful of players, agents had been detrimental to both the game at large, and players without agents in particular.

"Agents are interested in looking after their players financially, and SLC has felt that they don't have the best interests of cricket at heart," he said. "Our job isn't to look after the 20 or 25 players who have agents. We have to think about every cricketer from 13-year-olds upwards, as well as club cricketers and provincial players. There are some who haven't earned a cent from the game, and we need to look after them and appreciate their efforts as well."

The Sri Lanka cricketers' central contracts expire at the end of February, and a new contract list will be drawn up and released by SLC soon after. In 2012, players and the board were locked in almost five months of negotiations over their contracts, after a heavily indebted SLC had failed to pay its players for almost eight months. Players threatened to boycott the Sri Lanka Premier League, and a clause requiring players to seek permission from the board before speaking to media had to be struck out, before an agreement was reached in July last year.

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Posted by maximus1982 on (February 16, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

even though this is ranatunga who is talking, this is somebody else ideas. jayasuriya coming in to action means politics is also coming in to the game. shame on SLC who were not able to give the salaries to the players but spending money on unwanted things.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

Is this done in the interest of cricket? I have my serious doubts about this. How I see this is, SLC wants to get rid of senior players and start controlling the younger players the way wish.

Posted by Tweety20 on (February 16, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

dont know much about the SL cricket admin but hope the strategy works.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (February 15, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

This clearly show that SLC dont have any interest in taking care of players financial well being. If SLC have the best interests of cricket at heart, then why there is issue in SLC. This is clipping players freedom.

Posted by CricketPissek on (February 15, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

on the surface it looks a bit odd, but I think SLC is right on the money here (pardon the pun). Those who don't know the going-ons within Sri Lankan cricket these days won't appreciate the influence these player agents have had and it's like a cancer spreading through the system. All the politics in SL cricket recently has had agents' involvement. Including the ludicrous appointment of Thilina Kandamby as Vice Captain/Captain! Playing for your country should be an honour. If you have grievances, use a players' body as a whole, not individual agents. The PCA (Professional Cricketers Association) in England does this job well. SLC should have something (strong) like that and agents will be redundant for genuine cases.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

perhaps a good decisions but make an exception to Malinga, he's too important to lose out because of SLC policies

Posted by MilroyL.S.A.Don on (February 15, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

Good move by SLC and and Ranatung: "We have to think about every cricketer from 13-year-olds upwards, as well as club cricketers and provincial players. There are some who haven't earned a cent from the game, and we need to look after them and appreciate their efforts as well."

Most of our top players have made enough money from the game and it would be hard for "BANKRUPTED" SLC to rule them but instead they should work around with them to get back something to the game for the betterment of SLC. No one can stop Mahela, Sanga and Malinga making $$$.

Why not design a separate contract for agents, so they know their do's and don'ts??

There will always be shadow agent's who will rule SLC??

Posted by Dhushan on (February 15, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

FINALLY, a stern stance by SLC. I would really like to see how they take this forward.

Posted by Uppercut07 on (February 15, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

Although I wud be very reluctant to believe anything coming out if Nishantha's mouth, these 'agents' acting as the 'middle men' does lead to less control over the players It's true, having an agent will help the player great deal especially in modern day criket. The agent will provide a wide range of opportunites to a player ranging from a IPL contract to a County Stint, and that is fine............ the problem however lies in the following example:......

-.............When Angelo Mathews was injured prior to the Final of 2011 CWC, his agent "announced" that the allrounder will be unavailable for the selection for the top XI in the final. The announcement came even BEFORE the SLC has decided on the matter let alone make a media statement. Eventhough same decision was revealed in the SLC media briefing, the agent should have NO business declaring player's fitness regarding the NATIONAL DUTY. He can make those kinda statements during IPL or County Championship, as the pla

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Whatta decision has made by SLC...........Bravo

Posted by Gloryof96 on (February 15, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

This is why a players union is at hand if a player is treated unfairly by SLC, this is a very bold move and this act alone will win us a couple of test in the future, not taking the Ban series because I expect SL to win on their worst day Vs. Ban with no disrespect to Ban.

Posted by ShehanJay on (February 15, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

@Ranjan Rodrigo Since politics entered SL cricket, there is always a hidden agenda. Interesting to see the future developments and how the SL team will fare in the T20 WC in 2014 and the WC in 2015.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

During Mr.Anna Punchihewa administration we won the 1996 world cup. During Mr .Gamini Dissanayake administation we became a Test playing nation. Both gentlemen earned players respect.And today we have earned not learned from these two greats.

Posted by AvmanM on (February 15, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

"Sri Lankan players will not be allowed to decline central contracts, like Lasith Malinga had done in the past" what a bizarre caption and description. The board cannot force people to play cricket for them. If a player chooses to decline, the most SLC can do is prevent them from playing in domestic cricket and the SLPL. Players who choose to not play for SL and make a living from IPL and other T20 tournaments can hardly be prevented from doing so; SLC has no jurisdiction in these matters.

Posted by Udendra on (February 15, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

Although I too agree that agents of SL players have only been financially motivated, I won't reject them. They have other advantages for a professional player which aren't directly seen.

Posted by ajithabey on (February 15, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

Good initiative by SLC.Players should be man enough to negotiate directly with the SLC and justify their worth taking into account their individual performance which has contributed to the success of the team.Middle men should not be tolerated at any cost.SLC should also be fair by the players by offering them central contracts based on availability for playing for their country at all times and their performances during the entire duration of the period of contract.I also think that there should be incentives built into the contracts for winning and penalty clauses for losing matches.Hopefully both SLC and the players will benefit with a win win situation.

Posted by KingOwl on (February 15, 2013, 3:27 GMT)

Clearly, SLC is trying to curb player power. They think that with a new, young team captain, it is time to put the foot down. Is it realistic? I don't think so. Far more powerful cricket boards in the world have had to go back begging to the players. Let's face it, without the players, SLC is nothing. I do not like the idea of players being overly selfish and ignoring the greater good of cricket in Sri Lanka. But I fear that what is suggested here will only end up in a stalemate and a disaster for cricket in SL.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (February 15, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

How this Nishantha Ranatunga has managed to be in the same position for so long in the SLC when every other official gets changed?

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

When srilanka won the 1996 world cup anybody didnt know about SLC board officials names and they had no any news meetings with media.. but now a days srilanka have no any world cup and all the world know SLC board officials names and they have media meetings everyday...Thats the most importent disaster of SL cricket.

Posted by Prem2248 on (February 15, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

Persons that has no discipline try to discipline players who have been true assets to the country

Posted by daBro on (February 15, 2013, 0:32 GMT)

Hilarious - every other major sporting central body deals with agents/managers - SLC are obviously intimidated by agents, as player reps know the true worth what a player should be paid. SLC know its awkward, like in any employment environment for employees to negotiate pay with your employer.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

Superb , Agents to be struck off but at same time does the SLC have a hidden aagenda? Ranjan Rodrigo Sydney

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