Sri Lanka news March 2, 2013

SLC locks out 23 top players

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Sri Lankan cricket is headed towards a major crisis with the board on Saturday night freezing out 23 of its top players over a contracts deadlock, less than a week before the start of the home series against Bangladesh. SLC, which met the players earlier in the day, has told its selectors not to consider those cricketers for any international cricket, including the Bangladesh series, until they agree to their new contract terms.

Player contracts expired on February 28, and all 60 players who were offered new contracts have refused to sign them before the March 2 deadline prescribed by the board.

"We spoke to all of the players present at the meeting, and gave our viewpoints and they also gave their points," SLC president Upali Dharmadasa said. "We have said, 'Nothing doing. We're going to stick to our guns.' It ended like that.

"They will not be getting any facilities that Sri Lanka Cricket has been offering them, including, physios, masseurs and coaches. They can't come for practice at our venues."

New Test captain Angelo Mathews and Twenty20 captain Dinesh Chandimal are among the players frozen out, along with the bulk of Sri Lanka's Test and ODI players. Mathews and Chandimal were appointed captains just over two weeks ago, and are yet to play any matches in their new capacity.

Dharmadasa did not rule out the possibility of Sri Lanka's top cricketers playing in the first Test against Bangladesh in Galle, but only if the players signed their contracts by then. Kumar Sangakkara is the only player immediately affected by the lockout - he was due to play in the three-day tour match against Bangladesh in Matara, which begins on Sunday. The match was supposed to be Sangakkara's return to competitive cricket after fracturing his index finger in the Boxing Day Test.

Dharmadasa also said SLC had not planned any more meetings with the players, but had invited them to put their concerns in writing, and present them to the board.

The major point of dispute in the new contracts is SLC's refusal to pay the players 25% of the board's earnings from ICC events, as they have done since 2003. This payment is to compensate players for their images being used by the ICC and its sponsors to promote the tournament as well as during the event.

Other points of contention include the board's move to freeze payment to cricketers taking part in the IPL for as long as he is with his IPL team, a clause tying pay to team performance, and the scrapping of a convention that allowed players' wives to travel on one tour a year on SLC's money.

Contract terms also sparked a dispute in 2012, though SLC had a weaker bargaining position then, having not paid its players since the 2011 World Cup. The disputes were eventually settled in July after players threatened to boycott the Sri Lanka Premier League, after having played international cricket without an official contract for over four months. Payment from ICC events had also been a sticking point on that occasion, as well as a clause that required the players to have SLC permission before speaking to media.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on March 3, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Obviously anything that is said as negative will not be posted by the moderators. I think the Sri Lankan players and the Board deserve each other. The players who have IPL contracts can feed their families. Lasith Malinga is a wise man. I do not care for cricket in your country or the Deshis.

  • on March 3, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    To all the gents who think the players are greedy, selfish and should be proud of playing for the country, for some reason I don't see you guys in a government job or working in a charity organization and let me guess you guys as sure as hell don't clean the streets on the weekends to keep the country clean. My point is, no matter what we do people are always motivated by money and in the end of the day these players are no different. Why is it that when all of us run around like mad dogs to grab a promotion or change jobs immediately when we are offered better pay have to judge players, who usually have a 15 year window to make as much money as they can to support them selves and their families for the rest of the lives?? knowing the history behind the people who run the SLC, all this money that SLC wants to cut back will definitely not be going for the development of the game, instead to the pockets of a very few.We need to support our boys and have their backs in this issue...

  • sabster on March 3, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    I see the player being very greedy. for Once, I agree with SLC this time. in 2003, there was no IPL and the dynamics were different. Now, players earn millions of dollars via leagues. Looks like its all about the money now. There is no limit to their greed. The board should go ahead and have a fresh team.

  • Prabhash1985 on March 3, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Big bosses think they can do anything. But, they should realize that if not players, they are nothing but a laughing stock.

  • Yoker111 on March 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Don't understand why so much of politics involved with this countries cricket board. Why can't ICC include a ban on politicians entering the cricket board and controlling it while causing havoc instead of developing the sport and treating the players. This is far the worst cricket board in the world. it's not cricket with SLC its all about money and politics. ICC needs to protect the game for the goodwill of all developing nations. Logart obviously failed but ICC needs to step in or banned SL cricket until a proper clean board is elected.

  • SpeedCricketThrills on March 3, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    I agree with the stand taken by the SLC. 25% for use of images - need not be paid, players can use the "country player" status to their advantage anyway, in whatever way they want. They should not be paid for the period they are on contract with IPL team - perfectly justified. Wives should travel at player's expense, unless the player is new and hasn't yet been "enriched" by playing for SLC. Maybe 25 matches could be the cut off for paying for bearing spouse's travel expenses

  • on March 3, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    sl players should be given what they ask for. SL cricket is full of idiots. Please don't Penalize our players for your incapability. Please don't try to penalize our players & destroy the future of our cricket just because of your incapability.

  • Crickyboy on March 3, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    SLC should not forget that they'd not be in their position, had it not been for the players... Being professional cricketers for a limited time of their life, I think the players should be given what they ask for. It is a disgrace for SLC to say they wont pay, so that SLC members can fill theiri pockets..

  • maddy20 on March 3, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    SLC administrators have dug themselves this pit, by building needless stadiums in remote areas, spending millions of dollars. And now they are unable to climb out of it. Me thinks the players are right. 25% of the revenue is the least the players deserve for risking countless injuries while playing for their country. Really sad state of affairs and one can't help but feel for the SL cricket fan!

  • alarky on March 3, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Continued: I want to conclude by saying that the two parties need to renegotiate the deal, and the players should not seek any payment from the Board when they are on duty working for somebody else. They should also agree that their pay must be tied to their performance. the Board should pay the players their usual 25% of the ICC earnings and continue to treat the players wives to a single ticket to see their husbands play in one other country outside Sri Lanka.

  • on March 3, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Obviously anything that is said as negative will not be posted by the moderators. I think the Sri Lankan players and the Board deserve each other. The players who have IPL contracts can feed their families. Lasith Malinga is a wise man. I do not care for cricket in your country or the Deshis.

  • on March 3, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    To all the gents who think the players are greedy, selfish and should be proud of playing for the country, for some reason I don't see you guys in a government job or working in a charity organization and let me guess you guys as sure as hell don't clean the streets on the weekends to keep the country clean. My point is, no matter what we do people are always motivated by money and in the end of the day these players are no different. Why is it that when all of us run around like mad dogs to grab a promotion or change jobs immediately when we are offered better pay have to judge players, who usually have a 15 year window to make as much money as they can to support them selves and their families for the rest of the lives?? knowing the history behind the people who run the SLC, all this money that SLC wants to cut back will definitely not be going for the development of the game, instead to the pockets of a very few.We need to support our boys and have their backs in this issue...

  • sabster on March 3, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    I see the player being very greedy. for Once, I agree with SLC this time. in 2003, there was no IPL and the dynamics were different. Now, players earn millions of dollars via leagues. Looks like its all about the money now. There is no limit to their greed. The board should go ahead and have a fresh team.

  • Prabhash1985 on March 3, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Big bosses think they can do anything. But, they should realize that if not players, they are nothing but a laughing stock.

  • Yoker111 on March 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Don't understand why so much of politics involved with this countries cricket board. Why can't ICC include a ban on politicians entering the cricket board and controlling it while causing havoc instead of developing the sport and treating the players. This is far the worst cricket board in the world. it's not cricket with SLC its all about money and politics. ICC needs to protect the game for the goodwill of all developing nations. Logart obviously failed but ICC needs to step in or banned SL cricket until a proper clean board is elected.

  • SpeedCricketThrills on March 3, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    I agree with the stand taken by the SLC. 25% for use of images - need not be paid, players can use the "country player" status to their advantage anyway, in whatever way they want. They should not be paid for the period they are on contract with IPL team - perfectly justified. Wives should travel at player's expense, unless the player is new and hasn't yet been "enriched" by playing for SLC. Maybe 25 matches could be the cut off for paying for bearing spouse's travel expenses

  • on March 3, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    sl players should be given what they ask for. SL cricket is full of idiots. Please don't Penalize our players for your incapability. Please don't try to penalize our players & destroy the future of our cricket just because of your incapability.

  • Crickyboy on March 3, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    SLC should not forget that they'd not be in their position, had it not been for the players... Being professional cricketers for a limited time of their life, I think the players should be given what they ask for. It is a disgrace for SLC to say they wont pay, so that SLC members can fill theiri pockets..

  • maddy20 on March 3, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    SLC administrators have dug themselves this pit, by building needless stadiums in remote areas, spending millions of dollars. And now they are unable to climb out of it. Me thinks the players are right. 25% of the revenue is the least the players deserve for risking countless injuries while playing for their country. Really sad state of affairs and one can't help but feel for the SL cricket fan!

  • alarky on March 3, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Continued: I want to conclude by saying that the two parties need to renegotiate the deal, and the players should not seek any payment from the Board when they are on duty working for somebody else. They should also agree that their pay must be tied to their performance. the Board should pay the players their usual 25% of the ICC earnings and continue to treat the players wives to a single ticket to see their husbands play in one other country outside Sri Lanka.

  • alarky on March 3, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    I agree with the players on two terms of the agreement and agree with the SLC Board on two: Why has the Board scrapped the policy of paying the players the 25% of the money that they collect from the ICC - earnings to which the players have become accustomed for the past 9 years? Do the Board really understand what they are trying to do to the players? I think that they are absolutely entitled to that money. I think also that the players' wives should still be allowed a "single" ticket per year to travel to see their husbands play one other country. In agreement with the Board now: Why do the players think that the Board should still pay them, when they are on duty working for somebody else? This is the most ridiculous thing I am hearing. Come on players, you can't be that unconscionable! I also think that players in every country should be paid based on team performance. This would help to improve the very low standard of cricket that we are getting from teams away from their homes.

  • shanepe2003 on March 3, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    well done SLC bold move!!! for the ppl Who applaud for ECB when KP saga. Why blame SLC now?... it's the similar issue. Have a look at what L. Malinga did over the past years, when playing IPL he refused to sing central contract but when he gets injured he straight away seek medical assistance from SLC…. Isn't it misused privilege. Who bares the medical cost? Why should SLC bare medical cost for a player who refused its central contract….

  • priceless1 on March 3, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    for those who are saying SLC has taken the correct stand here should realized its because of the players quality that SL cricket at this level today .if they were like Ireland or Zimbabwe where not more than few cricket matches being played for the entire year and no player is good enough to get picked for the IPL ...etc then there wont be any cricket board worth talking today ...

  • Tweety20 on March 3, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    This is really bad news for SL cricket,just when everything was starting to move in the right direction something had to go wrong.I really dont know which side to support but as an SL fan,I was really happy with the new changes in SLC and was thinking that the best is about to come,guess it was too good to be true.I dont want to think the worst,hope they resolve this issue soon for the sake of the nation's pride and its people who passionately loves this sport so much.

  • on March 3, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    To be fair, Akila Dananjaya and Tharindu Kaushal will be potent.

  • on March 3, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    I think the srilankan players are really selfish. The board is right in my opinion, why they pay the players who are earning millions in IPL, why to pay the players 25% of ICC tournaments only few players who r in squad is getting benefits, why the wives be allowed to overseas at the expense of board money. All these expenses sum of huge amount of money that can be utilised for the benefits of upcoming and future players and improve the overall scenerio of the country. Srilanka is not a very very rich country and slcb is in deep financial crunch. so all these expenses are justified to be c

  • Damian123 on March 3, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Excellent work, Mr. Dharmadasa!

    Why don't you also tell Namal; 'Nothing doing, pay us the Rs. 4 billion SLC spent on Hambanthota & to Nishantha; 'Nothing doing, return us the Rs. 300+ million you 'earned' from SLC during the last 3 years'!

    To say the least it is PATHETIC!!!!

  • Third_Gear on March 3, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Seems SLC in serious financial crisis, I am afraid they might become like WI or ZIm.

  • azeem.ssck on March 3, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    this is not a really big issue on 7th march all usual srilankan players will play. no need to worry

  • kingsmead_mamba on March 3, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    didnt the players play without pay for quite a while? The board is at fault here.

  • S-Matrix on March 3, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    What is wrong with the SL board? While their neighbours are drenching in money from big sponsors (including Pakistan and its lucrative life insurance offers), why can Sri Lanka not draw in a decent partner? Some injection of funds ought to settle most of the issues about player payments.

  • on March 3, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Hhhhhmmm, I wounder What was the real thing happening with the SLC board. If this was a ongoing thing then the players have to be a part of helping the SLC, After all they are their because they was given a chance by the SLC. So as a part of that its ok to give a little to others and help the SLC improve for the future. At the same time the SLC must work out this matter in the right way that it will not hurm the future of the SLC.........

  • sl_cricket on March 3, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    pure shamble by slcb, and good luck bangladesh

  • FazleAbed on March 3, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    I really dont understand few things.... Money VS Country's Pride and then Professionalism. I hate these things. Cricket as a Game VS Cricket as a Business and Board without heart.... First West Indies, now Srilanka..... Srilanka still favorite to win but Bangladesh get some chance to win…..

  • on March 3, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Players play Cricket and Cricket board earns from them...But, SLC doesn't want to pay them correctly.Pathetic...RIP Sri Lankan Cricket....

  • on March 3, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    SLC is ruining cricket in SL. The players don't deserve to be treated like this. And what's with all the people accusing them of being mercenaries and playing only for money and the IPL and not caring about the country??? Of course they expect to be paid well, because a cricketer has a guaranteed income for a MAXIMUM of 20 years, unless your name is Sachin Tendulkar or Sanath Jayasuriya. They have to provide for their families from whatever they earn in that time. And these guys train hard and give their 100% for the team. How many of us can say we give 100% every second that we're at our offices?? I hope the Sri Lankan public backs the cricketers on this contracts issue, because anyway the 4 new clauses that have been suddenly introduced by SLC were not in the previous agreement which was going fine. And apart from the performance based pay, which can at least be argued on, the other clauses are just plain unfair.

  • Alaali786 on March 3, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    For the sake of Srilankan cricket forget about the personal woes please come to amicable settlement on the account of players contract and play as a full fledged team to face the upcoming series with Bangladesh

  • on March 3, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    @ Rasanga Kaushalya I agree with you partially, but SL cricketers have still played almost a year without payment! The matter of IPL comes only to handful of SL players, not the fringe international players of SL!! SLC should not blame Cricketers for being selfish for their own mismanagement , cricketers career is always at risk(with injuries and bad form) in such a short span of 10-15 years, so they have every right to earn more.

  • gsingh7 on March 3, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    This news reminds me the BD tour of WI in 2009 when 10+ senior Caribbean cricketers refused to sign contract. As a result WICB declared the squad with only 2/3 senior players & BD whitewashed them in Test & ODI series. -

  • on March 3, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Is SLC locks out 23 top players OR 23 Top Players Lock out SLC ??? ;)

  • TRAM on March 3, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    The problems with all cricket boards are 1: They are monopoly in their country 2: They think they own cricket AND the players. 3: They forget their role is SERVICE to cricket. The 2 ways this can be broken are 1: If the respective govt interferes 2: if the players are united and the SL players are doing that. I appreciate their unity.

  • ColJJ on March 3, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    It's amazing that SLC are sticking to their guns leaving out their top players. Rather it's astonishing to suppose SL side without Sangakara, Chandimal, Dilshan and Mahela. There must be a point of consensus between the parties and matter must be settled in favor of Players, as it's players' money not SLC's that SLC is not willing to offer. Come on SLC, go ahead and value the stars, or else neither your designations nor the money will be existing anymore.

  • on March 3, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    The current board on the verge being thrown out, makes rash decisions on countries most highly regarded game.

  • Dashgar on March 3, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    this is bad for cricket. Hopefully SL get thrashed and realise they need to treat their players better.

  • bootlicker on March 3, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    BCCSL is always at fault. They mismanaged everything and lost millions of revenue. Then they didn't play their players for months. Players are so patriotic they played every series without any complains or without their salaries. In order to cover up their losses now the management is trying to rip the players. This is so unfair as far as the players are concerned. Management should go home, you do not need a management to manage the game this way.

  • bootlicker on March 3, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    This is the best example to say Cricket in Sri Lanka is also politicized.

  • xylo on March 3, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    This is outright chaotic. In any case, I don't understand this - 60 players did not agree to sign the contract. Why does the headline put the number at 23?

  • on March 3, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    hy Rasanga, seems to be u don't knw abt SLC operation and how they r getting money. its profitable if we run properlly. SLC main income will be TV right and Sponsor if u need any detils feel to contact me. u might don't knw although players havn't got there payment , management has all ares salary and Dec bonus also.

  • on March 3, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Rasanga...I go agree to thhe fact that we only see one side of the story. However we should remember that the SLC does earn 10% from the players from the IPL matches as well. However yes I do agree to the fact that families can accommodate the players from their own pocket cause surely most of them do earn enough money to do so....However the final point being that SLC should learn that WI board did the same actions and the cricket world know the result of it...At the end the politicians will earn the money they want, the board will be at the lost they are in and we as the fans will wonder what happen and few months time amnesia will take over us and will cheer the players whoever they are.....

  • amilag on March 3, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    I think SLC should not do any compromise. These players are playing politics and a group is leading it underhand. They come to dictate terms. They have more than enough money, just because sri lanka's poor spectators never ending enthusiasm for cricket and these days so called super stars play only for money neither for the country nor for their loyal fan. This is good for SL cricket a young talented team can be selected which is good for future of SL cricket.

  • Viraj_Asanka on March 3, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    When ever the players agree for the the contract, if they cant do it with in 5-6 month or so then I think Sri-Lanka will be in the same path Zimbabwe and West Indies were. Both of them are still struggling to regain their past form that they once had. If something happens like this again then I think it will be a repeat of those to Sri-Lankas cricket. And its not good for the world of cricket to lose players like Sangakara, Mahela, Dilshan, Malinga they are at the twilight of the their career. Even the future players of Lanka will be affected by this contract saga.

  • TORONTO123456 on March 3, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Get them new players ,srilanka have many talent of players

  • on March 3, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    I feel really sorry for the srilankan players. Hope they will solve these issues before the bangladesh series and can play with their full strength team. BEST of luck Srilanka :) --- Bangladeshi fan

  • on March 3, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    It is high time politician Tilanga Sumathipala to step in and have a solution to the problem. If not he will not be the next president of Sri Lanka Cricket

  • on March 3, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Instead of being partners in Sri Lankan cricket the Board and Players are taking adversarial positions. THe players had earlier sacrificed and played without salaries being paid on time. It is for the borad to come up with proposals that does not require sacrifice of financial and other facilities already extended to players but find ways to get the players to augment the board's finances. It appears more a case of asking players to pay for the board's inefficiencies. The only fair expectation seems to be not paying the players for the duration of an IPL window. You cant have the cake and eat it too. However I think the IPL compensated the boards of foreign players for using their services to some extent.

    A larger issue afflicting all boards is the win-lose relationship that exits between all the boards and their players. The relationship needs to the next level of win-win. For this to happen we need visionary and capable leaders on both sides.

  • on March 3, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Very good Move by SLC! Do not consider the name of the players when applying a rule! They should understand that they build their name because of SLC! If not for SLC these players will be nothing.. Even if we lose 5-0 to Bangladesh we should go ahead with a new team until these STAR players agree to sign.

  • Lakpj on March 3, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    I think both parties should realize that they can't survive without each other. Board will not get money without the players(and if the top players don't play even the Sri Lankans will loose the interest, in return SLC is the one that will be get affected) and players have their reputation and money because they are playing for their country. Deduction of money for tournaments as IPL is acceptable as players wont do anything for their team and country during that period. but if the board haven't payed the due money for ICC events, they should do it immediately. As far as I know many SLC wastes lot of money, so if they are trying to cove that up by reducing the benefits from the players, it is insane.

  • RodStark on March 3, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    How can anyone judge the rights and wrongs of this situation without any mention of how much money is involved?

  • mensan on March 3, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    There must be some compromise from both sides. Hardliner attitude is not good.

  • kentjones on March 3, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    It is always disturbing to hear about conflicts between any cricket board and its players. It always seem to be a lose-lose situation for both parties and definitely a lost to cricket. On the surface it appears to be a labour wage issue, and starts like that, but eventually it spreads into something much more damaging, with persons airing their dirty linen in public and the already reduced reputation of the cricket game is further sunk in the mire. I sincerely hope this does not occur here and my wishes is for an amicable solution that will allow the players to play the beautiful game and avoid bitterness and rancour that can last a lifetime.

  • on March 3, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    Sad, sad state of affairs. i have a couple pf points, I am sure both sides have got their own stories.

    The major question is why SLC waited till the last minute and gave no time to have a discussion on the changes. If the efforts were justifiable I am sure a reasonable dialogue would have been possible. SLC cannot blindfold the players and push them against the wall saying that sign or leave.

    SLC is also acting like an autocracy while players too do not let go. Also SLC is trying to players as a shield to attack BCCI over SLPL issue.

    Also SLC deny collective bargaining and freedom of association to players including usage of player agents.

    Though SLC is trying to paint a picture to show that all these changes are for betterment of Sri Lanklan Cricket, fans all over the world are well aware of how SLC misused funds resulting players going unpaid over one year.

    SLC should first show that their efforts are genuine and clean to convince the rest of the stakeholders.

  • Htc-Android on March 3, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    I think SL will do fine even if sanga, mahela,thilan and dilshan miss out. Considering the fact BD bowling attack is weak, second choice players will be able handle their bowling. But the problem will be our bowling. If herath and nuwan doesnt play then we will be in trouble. I hope they will sort these issues soon. Even chandimal and mathews will be good enough for this BD team. But if we play with 11 debutants then we will be in trouble.

  • VEXXZ on March 3, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Yet another BOARD , PLAYERS dispute in World Cricket . When will it end , The powers that be need to understand that the public need to see the BEST players on the field of play if their are going to spend "big bucks" to enter the park to see a great game of cricket .

  • on March 3, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    I hope they will find a solution soon. If the Players were paid by the previous Management, the new Management at least should have discussed with the Players before finalizing their Contract. I am confident that both groups will finalize it ASAP. I am surprised to note that SL Management wants to hold the IPL payments with them until the Player completes his tenure with them IPL team which I feel very harsh since they may play few seasons with the IPL team which means the SL management hold the payment in their coffers until such time which is unreasonable condition and no player will accept it. Regarding the players' fee for the endorsement, I think other Boards also pay certain percentage of the ICC revenue to the Players. The SL Management should not scrap that as well.

    I hope both will discuss and amicably settle soon. Let us hope for the best. I want the Cricket to win in the end.

  • on March 3, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    This is sad news from a cricket lovers' point of view. As it is there are very few cricketing nations and half of them - WI, SL,NZ are poorly administered with fractions and in-fighting. There is no money in SL cricket because they built all these new stadiums in poorly accessed areas . They are NOT like India with a billion people following the team and seemingly unlimited money to pilfer as the BCCI wishes. I hope the next Murali or Jayasuriya do not stop playing the game due to poor administration. World cricket needs a strong Srilanka for its health and the variety and passion they bring to the table. The SLC makes the BCCI appears good by comparison - that takes some doing.

  • Chris_P on March 3, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    @Rasanga Kaushalya Samarasinghe, You are missing the point here. The reason they are broke is because they are incompetent, ergo, not able to play the players. For those talking up the consequences of the upcoming tour, this is above any meaningless series. This is about the integrity of Sri Lankan & all cricket.

  • phermon on March 3, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    This is soooo Sri Lankan = I don't know why we aren't boycotting them till they learn to behave like the South Africans. Of course we may have learn to behave first but that's another chapter.

  • Rocketman1 on March 3, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    If this opens doors for young talent who would never get a look in then they may as well get a taste of things while they can. Where is that 25% going to go? I have a feeling it will probably go into the pockets of the politicians who wash the costs out through their phone bills, petrol for the company cars and other 'administration' costs (alcohol and lunches). We know that players like Sanga and Mahela have helped team mates out in times of distress like the 2004 tsunami, and when they weren't being paid after the 2011 WC. Politicians will pocket most of it with commissions when trying to build facilities etc. If they want to develop players, let that grass grow on the pitch a bit so they can play pace bowlers and pace bowlers can develop.

  • Chris_P on March 2, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    Does not history matter to the SLC? We have seen this stance to the detriment of cricket on the past, none more vivid than the WSC revolt. The players, let it be said, are the ONLY reason cricket is making it a financial option for any board & to treat their players in this manner is a total disgrace. As an outsider, the non payment of the players a few years back was a poor reflection on the board & we now see an example of even poorer options. The players appear united in their stance, the players organization from all countries will support the SL players stance. Come on guys, wake up & smell the coffee. Invest in your greatest asset & develop your grass roots level as well.

  • MH19 on March 2, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    Come on SL players people of SL loved cricket and also crickerters who have played for the country not money is coming before the game and the country.Can anyone player in the sl squad say they are not getting paid well i do not agree. Dharmadasa is right you have to take a stance and take steps as the administration to curtail further disputes by the players of boycott.Out of 40 contracts issued 23 locked out you can still have a team and issue sub contracts to the emerging youngsters. I am sure the controllers here are the seniors Mahela,Sanga,Dilshan,Malinga. You have to take that controll out of the players if not they will dictate terms and without SL cricket they are nowhere.

  • on March 2, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    Are you serious? What on earth is wrong the the SLC board? Other cricketing countries respect their cricketers and offer incentives so that more youngsters would consider the sport as a career, our one constantly cripples them by cutting whatever luxuries they have EARNED. This is not the way this sport is meant to be managed.

  • AK47_pk on March 2, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Where is pride for playing for country? All these greedy players should be banned for life. They are demanding more nd more from a country which took them to this hight. They should look around nd see how their countrymen are fighting everyday to make both ends meet. Why they shoud get paid when they are in ipl?

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 2, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    I just found out that all top players including Snaga, Mahela, Dilshan, Malinga, Samaraweera, Mathews, Chandimal, Kula, Thiri, Thissra Perera, Mendis, Herath, all of 'em have refused to sign the contracts. They have threatened to form a new team to play against BD. Beyond this point I really don't care about the outcomes of BD series. BD may come n play with some of our club cricketers. And of course win it all. If this is the way SLC treat its players, shame on 'em. SLC must realize that their very existence depends on these players. They get all those lucrative sponsorship, tv deals because of our players' performances. Its not players fault that they can't run their damn board. This a like a dictatorship. Now Its ppl should boycott all the matches.

  • mar2000 on March 2, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    More DRAMA in International cricket between Board and players . Country after Country having some problem .

  • sonu77 on March 2, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    I beleieve Sngkkara & Mhela are the two most successful & most moneyminded batsmen Sri Lanka ever produced ! Hope this will be a blessing in disguise for SL cricket. My picks for test squad: Thilina Kandamby(c), Dimuth Karunaratne (if he is available)/ Niroshan Dikwella, Micheal Vandort, Chamara Silva, Angelo Perera, Kaushal Silva/ Kusal Perera (w/k), Madawa Warnapura, Kithruwan Withanage, Janaka Gunaratne, Sachitra Senanayake, Tharindu Kaushal, Dinuk Hettiarachchi/ Sajeewa Weerakoon, Suranga Lakmal, Saman Jeewantha/ Dushmantha Chameera.

  • on March 2, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    @Rally_Windies I'm not sure your point applies for BCCI. They not only take care of their own players financially, but also pay the IPL players from NZ,SL and WI more then their respective boards. Ask likes of Mahela,Ross Taylor and your very own Gayle and Bravo.

  • Selassie-I on March 2, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Such a shame. The players,people and fans of Sri Lanka don't deserve this rubbish from the board.

  • Sal_H on March 2, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    This is very sad. The upcoming series would lose interest if this situation does not clear up. I hope the board and the players patch things up, and both SL and Bangladesh can play with full strength. Though Bangladesh already have 4 players down due to injury, so i guess they are in trouble too....

  • tushar35 on March 2, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    It's not going to be a competitive series, if the Sri-Lankan's don't play with full strength with Bangladesh.

  • senal83 on March 2, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Board came upon the financial jam they are in now with their own inept management. Now they are trying to bail out by penalizing players. Remember, without players money would not come in. How politics and incapable individuals are destroying Sri Lanka Cricket is sad to witness and hard to bear as a Sl cricket fan.

  • jerryman on March 2, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    RIP SL cricket ... get a new board ASAP

  • on March 2, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    In recent times cricket was the only thing that we can be proud of and enjoyed as Sri Lankans... But this incompetent administrators are going to ruin that too.. shame..

  • seantells on March 2, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    first of all get rid off SL politics including top top heads, Country and sports will develop

  • varunn.bhardwaj on March 2, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    ..No wonder Mushfiqur said....it's their best chance in Sri Lanka....perhaps he saw it coming...

  • on March 2, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    SLC is trying to manage their financial woes by getting their players money. this is a sad situation.

  • on March 2, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    looks like most of the people are only looking at the one side of the story.fact is SLC broke and that means they dont have enough funds to maintain cricket in sri lanka..its not just paying salaries, club cricket,statdiums,development scods,other facilities.etc..knwing thais i feel the cricketers are being realy selfish here, 25% of the ICC payment only goes to few players who play the international matches and thats insignificant amount from the total they are currently getting .and asking SLC to oay for their families on the tour is ridiculous same time why SLC should pay the players who play IPL during that window..SLC already making losses due to not organizing tours during IPL essentially losing money..looks like players are being really selfish..sad..

  • avmd on March 2, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Now the series will be competitive, otherwise it would have been one sided in favor of SL. A golden chance for yougsters to play for SL, way before they ever imagined.

  • on March 2, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    trust me all SL players will play its a drama only . SL cricket board need to be more professional , becoze the can make solution of this problem by talk , this is not r8 way.

  • on March 2, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    ow....thats a bad sign for the game, we hope that will not affect the coming series..... Best of luck for both Srilanka and Bangladesh

  • on March 2, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    @Rally: No, the audience owns cricket along with the players and the administrators.

    Vote with your feet and stay away from matches until this is resolved.

  • nilb on March 2, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Without the top players SL is not a competitive team. If SL is not a competitive team, no one will show up to see the matches and no one will sponsor. Then what's a point of having a institution like SLC? They will have to agree to the players terms sooner or later.

  • Captainman on March 2, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Looks like Sri Lanka are the underdogs in the coming series :)

  • SyedAreYouDumb on March 2, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Looks like Bangladesh are favourites. I think the players would have signed contracts if they were going to play a top team like SA, ENG or AUS.

  • MainCulprit on March 2, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Easy solution... Freeze SLC and let the cricketers play... Why you need an Administration without players? Whats more important here? Administration or Cricket? Like trying wear the pant first and the underwear later...

  • Lees_Legends on March 2, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    I will like to see the SLC get out of their financial worries without any high level cricket being played in the country. Good luck guys because it looks like that is the road you want to go down.

  • on March 2, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    as much as I love the SL team, I hate SLC board & sports minister who destroy the sportsmanship in the country :-(

  • MainCulprit on March 2, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Haha..This is exactly what i have been saying... The Administration is to support the Players and the Game... Not the other way it has always happened with SLC... Its a real shame... you only spoil the great respect the team has won around the world with Cricket... Not with the political drama in SLC all throughout... This has been a breadwinner for a lot of people outside the players... When the team should play the game... Administration plays their own game... ;) Do you really need SLC in this state...? Shame! Shame!Shame!

  • sl_cricket on March 2, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    angelo mathews , chandimal and sangakkara didnt sign the contract according to reports. i also have a feeling, all other players who toured australia didnt sign the contract.

  • Hitthebatsman on March 2, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    YESSS!!! Finally Players stand united against the SLC!!!

  • Master_Mihil on March 2, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    this looks like a cess-pool of toruble. What is the use of SLC if don't get to see any cricket?

  • on March 2, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Man ! Shocking news.

    Do whatever but We, the Cricket fans, don't wanna lose any Cricketing nation as we already have so less teams. Can't afford to lose SL (its Good Players).

    I seriously hope that this issue gets resolved ASAP.

    - Indian Fan.

  • on March 2, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    can we get a list of who all have been frozen out?

  • 9ST9 on March 2, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Going from bad to worse - is this like the WICB /WIPA issue now? It's high time a clear set of rules were drawn out - because @ the base of this dispute is the club/franchise vs country issue.

  • senal83 on March 2, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Boards should remember that they ride on players. If there are no players no boards. Shame on SLC.

  • on March 2, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should come back if top Lankan players are not playing

  • Rally_Windies on March 2, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    when will boards learn ?

    the board does not own cricket...the players own cricket ...

    the players are not the employee's of the board ....

    the board is the employee of the players ...

    every single board constitution is drafted that way..... all UN member nations, have constitutions drafted with the same arrangement between the people and their government ...

    the board paler relationship is no different form the voter government relationship ...

    NO BOARD IN THE WORLD TREATS THEIR PLAYERS WITH RESPECT .....

    NONE ....

  • sl_cricket on March 2, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    I'm with the players and its not players fault for SLCB's financial state, and this board is one of the corrupt governing body in the country. Im happy for players to stand this there career they also have to think about their future, after cricket. koodos for Sri Lankan Cricketers. Good luck bangladesh

  • on March 2, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    And so Sri Lankan cricket falsl once more thanks to the SLC

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  • on March 2, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    And so Sri Lankan cricket falsl once more thanks to the SLC

  • sl_cricket on March 2, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    I'm with the players and its not players fault for SLCB's financial state, and this board is one of the corrupt governing body in the country. Im happy for players to stand this there career they also have to think about their future, after cricket. koodos for Sri Lankan Cricketers. Good luck bangladesh

  • Rally_Windies on March 2, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    when will boards learn ?

    the board does not own cricket...the players own cricket ...

    the players are not the employee's of the board ....

    the board is the employee of the players ...

    every single board constitution is drafted that way..... all UN member nations, have constitutions drafted with the same arrangement between the people and their government ...

    the board paler relationship is no different form the voter government relationship ...

    NO BOARD IN THE WORLD TREATS THEIR PLAYERS WITH RESPECT .....

    NONE ....

  • on March 2, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should come back if top Lankan players are not playing

  • senal83 on March 2, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Boards should remember that they ride on players. If there are no players no boards. Shame on SLC.

  • 9ST9 on March 2, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Going from bad to worse - is this like the WICB /WIPA issue now? It's high time a clear set of rules were drawn out - because @ the base of this dispute is the club/franchise vs country issue.

  • on March 2, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    can we get a list of who all have been frozen out?

  • on March 2, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Man ! Shocking news.

    Do whatever but We, the Cricket fans, don't wanna lose any Cricketing nation as we already have so less teams. Can't afford to lose SL (its Good Players).

    I seriously hope that this issue gets resolved ASAP.

    - Indian Fan.

  • Master_Mihil on March 2, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    this looks like a cess-pool of toruble. What is the use of SLC if don't get to see any cricket?

  • Hitthebatsman on March 2, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    YESSS!!! Finally Players stand united against the SLC!!!