Sri Lanka contracts crisis March 3, 2013

Jayasuriya steps in to help contracts settlement

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Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has stepped in to move Sri Lanka's contract crisis towards a resolution, after his meeting with the locked out players on Sunday night ended with the players indicating they would sign SLC's original contract. Jayasuriya had personally set up the meeting earlier in the day in an effort to break the deadlock, which he has now successfully done.

"The players have decided to put their country first and sign the original contract." Jayasuriya said after the meeting, which lasted over two hours. "Once they sign, they will be considered for selection for the Bangladesh series." The players are yet to put pen to paper, but are expected to do so on Monday.

Jayasuriya said that while the players had agreed to bring the standoff to a close, they expected to have further discussions with the board on the key issue of contention - that of compensation for the use of their images by the ICC and its sponsors, during ICC tournaments. Under their 2012 contracts, Sri Lanka players received 25% of the net fee paid by the ICC to home boards during ICC tournaments, but in the 2013 contract they have agreed to scrap these payments entirely.

"In the meantime when the ICC events come, the players will talk to the SLC what they are going to do about the players' guarantee money," he said. SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga was unwilling to call the crisis closed until contracts were signed, but was pleased with the outcome of Sunday's meeting. "What I've heard from Sanath is that the players will sign, but a full resolution hasn't been reached," he said.

If the original contracts are signed on Monday, Sri Lanka's cricketers will not have gained anything from the standoff which lasted little over 24 hours, largely owing to SLC's powerful bargaining position. In the weeks before the contracts were issued, SLC announced it will not recognise player managers, and has since extended that policy to players' associations, who were not allowed to represent the players' interests during the contract negotiations.

In addition to doing away with player payments from ICC's guarantee fee, the new contracts also allows the SLC not to pay a player's regular salary for as long as he is with his IPL team. A convention that allowed players' wives to travel business class on one tour a year was also scrapped, and a clause that tied payment to performance as per the ICC rankings, introduced.

The contracts had been issued late last week, with March 2 being the deadline prescribed by the board. After the players refused to sign before the deadline, SLC immediately engaged the strategy laid out by its executive committee, which was to freeze the players out.

"They will definitely not be considered for selection," SLC president Upali Dharmadasa had said on Saturday. "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."

Jayasuriya's selection panel was expected to name a squad for the first Test against Bangladesh, on Sunday, but delayed the announcement until after Jayasuriya had met with the players. If the players sign as agreed, a full strength squad is likely to be named on Monday, after the contracts have been finalised.

The only direct effect of the lockout so far has been Kumar Sangakkara's omission from the side playing a three-day tour match against Bangladesh. The match was supposed to be Sangakkara's return to competitive cricket after fracturing his index finger during the Boxing Day Test.

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

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  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | March 4, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    If SLC want money...have more tournaments instead scapping them. Increase more competative cricket. Send more players to IPL. Scrap SLPL if it is a loss. Why don't SLC be transparent and publish the SLPL financial report. If SLC cannot handle the country's no#1 revenue earning sport, something wrong with the management or someone behind the scene is earning more money. If SLC want to start good foot, start with public shares and release quaterly report on finances.

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | March 4, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    For those who says country first...it applies to both players and SLC board. For those who saying players should not ask more money...it should apply to SLC board as well. It is the board asking more money. Now their earnings are to dig into players money. What is agreed in the past should be paid off. SLC had money but they lost it and now asking players the money.

  • POSTED BY colt1 on | March 4, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Great stand by the board! and pay for performance just like any other job is the way to move forward. Country comes first!

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | March 4, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    For decades SLC board hasn't done any proactive to increase revenue. It is players old and new brought revenue to SLC. SLC even loss builidng stadiums. Instead of digging into players income why don't the SLC be creative. SLC is broke not because of players, it is SLC doesn't have a plan. Hope someone with good learship run it. Neither Upali Dharmadasa nor Thilanga Sumathipala knows any. All these years players kept SLC running and SLC need more from players.

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | March 4, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    look's like ppl thinking about how much players earn, what about the money board earn ... what they going to do with that money if they dont share with players... someone going to have that ...

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    @ bharath74....These cricketers will not suffer in poverty and unable to pay bills when they retire due to these amendments in Contracts. They still get 20-40 lakhs per month....Is not it enough to feed their families to feed? Most of them have already earned for next 2 generations through Cricket.....You are trying to prove these guys will be poor due to these amendments???????.... You are trying to help the poor guys..Lol..

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    All Players in the world run after money - They forget that country always comes first.

  • POSTED BY Sandt on | March 4, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    One thing all these people should understand is this is the players life.They can only make money now.Once they are retired/Out of form/injured no one will be there to take care of them. There is lot cases happend to sports people like this.So what is wrong in they making money.Someone was comparing to govt employees salary to cricketers salary.If you work in govt /private office you are getting what you are entitled for the job.sameway cricketers has to do their job and they need to pay well.There is no wrong in it.Is the politicians not making money.i need to ask the person compared govt employees to cricketers, is politicians deserve the money they are making.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | March 4, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Money, money, and money ruining the game again! I think the SL players are greedy bunch, they make far more money from IPL than playing for their country. The Sri Lankan board needs funds to finance the game for local non IPL players. It was a good stand by the Sri Lankan board.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Its unfair to look at players salaries alone.There is lot to this than just numbers.Earning 4 million per month is fair based on international sports and these guys are international players that brings value to the country unlike cricket officials or politicians .Plus with that money they do lot of charitable work and think about the brand value they bring to the name Sri Lanka.Plus some players have invested their money in businesses,that adds value and jobs to the economy.That is productive work not like stupid spending on cricket grounds like SLC officials did during the world cup,that's waste of money nothing is created,that money should have been spent on development of cricket.Paying higher salaries attract good players not just for cricket but for any other sport.That's why all other sports in our country is in ruins.You need good players to create money and then develop sports,we are here talking about bad management from SLC,get that right.

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | March 4, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    If SLC want money...have more tournaments instead scapping them. Increase more competative cricket. Send more players to IPL. Scrap SLPL if it is a loss. Why don't SLC be transparent and publish the SLPL financial report. If SLC cannot handle the country's no#1 revenue earning sport, something wrong with the management or someone behind the scene is earning more money. If SLC want to start good foot, start with public shares and release quaterly report on finances.

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | March 4, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    For those who says country first...it applies to both players and SLC board. For those who saying players should not ask more money...it should apply to SLC board as well. It is the board asking more money. Now their earnings are to dig into players money. What is agreed in the past should be paid off. SLC had money but they lost it and now asking players the money.

  • POSTED BY colt1 on | March 4, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Great stand by the board! and pay for performance just like any other job is the way to move forward. Country comes first!

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | March 4, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    For decades SLC board hasn't done any proactive to increase revenue. It is players old and new brought revenue to SLC. SLC even loss builidng stadiums. Instead of digging into players income why don't the SLC be creative. SLC is broke not because of players, it is SLC doesn't have a plan. Hope someone with good learship run it. Neither Upali Dharmadasa nor Thilanga Sumathipala knows any. All these years players kept SLC running and SLC need more from players.

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | March 4, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    look's like ppl thinking about how much players earn, what about the money board earn ... what they going to do with that money if they dont share with players... someone going to have that ...

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    @ bharath74....These cricketers will not suffer in poverty and unable to pay bills when they retire due to these amendments in Contracts. They still get 20-40 lakhs per month....Is not it enough to feed their families to feed? Most of them have already earned for next 2 generations through Cricket.....You are trying to prove these guys will be poor due to these amendments???????.... You are trying to help the poor guys..Lol..

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    All Players in the world run after money - They forget that country always comes first.

  • POSTED BY Sandt on | March 4, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    One thing all these people should understand is this is the players life.They can only make money now.Once they are retired/Out of form/injured no one will be there to take care of them. There is lot cases happend to sports people like this.So what is wrong in they making money.Someone was comparing to govt employees salary to cricketers salary.If you work in govt /private office you are getting what you are entitled for the job.sameway cricketers has to do their job and they need to pay well.There is no wrong in it.Is the politicians not making money.i need to ask the person compared govt employees to cricketers, is politicians deserve the money they are making.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | March 4, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Money, money, and money ruining the game again! I think the SL players are greedy bunch, they make far more money from IPL than playing for their country. The Sri Lankan board needs funds to finance the game for local non IPL players. It was a good stand by the Sri Lankan board.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Its unfair to look at players salaries alone.There is lot to this than just numbers.Earning 4 million per month is fair based on international sports and these guys are international players that brings value to the country unlike cricket officials or politicians .Plus with that money they do lot of charitable work and think about the brand value they bring to the name Sri Lanka.Plus some players have invested their money in businesses,that adds value and jobs to the economy.That is productive work not like stupid spending on cricket grounds like SLC officials did during the world cup,that's waste of money nothing is created,that money should have been spent on development of cricket.Paying higher salaries attract good players not just for cricket but for any other sport.That's why all other sports in our country is in ruins.You need good players to create money and then develop sports,we are here talking about bad management from SLC,get that right.

  • POSTED BY WPDDESILVA on | March 4, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Salaries to be based on performance and rankings must be the best thing ever done by the SLC. Also the 25% ICC payments should be allocated to players but I think Mahela wanted the payments to go to Ground Staff, Ground Maint, Baggage Handlers etc and that's the letter fot leaked to the media. Pay system is brilliant and at least SL will start winning now. Mahela won't be using the phrase "It's only Game" now he has to say "It's my job to win because i need to get paid"

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    SLC has forgot, why/how & because who they earn the money.

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | March 4, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Disguting, They are always busy with some sort of payment issues.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @Tharindu Hettihewa The players are not demanding more they just want to sign the contract they had before, the SLC wants to reduce the amount they get in the new contracts.

  • POSTED BY pradeep_dealwis on | March 4, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    This is a complicated issue. It think it should very well be the case that their salaries should be tied to team performance, and ICC Rankings. Also the players are fair to ask for compensation on the use of their images etc.

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | March 4, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    SLC must show complete transparency in their financial dealings to all its stakeholders at all times.If this status is maintained they will avoid running into issues like this with the players whether they are senior or junior.according to what has been communicated to the general public any individual who has a monthly salary of LKR 4 million is definitely in a very high category of income earners in a developing country like Sri Lanka.I have always advocated that the players income must be linked to his own performance and definitely not paid across the board whether they perform or not.How can Sri Lanka develop its school,club and provincial cricket and infrastructure if 80% of the income is doled out to 20% of the cricketers.Isn't it a privilege to represent your country rather than only focus on money which is the root cause of all evil.come on everyone put your country first before yourself.otherwise,think of another game to play where focus is only on the money.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Why players demanding more & more while they receiving big salary. SL players can't say they playing for country. Stupid attitudes from players.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    I think players should get their money because they are special. That's why they are playing to Sri Lanka national team. And also I think Sri Lankan players are in the lowest in the list with payments with other countries. And they played to Sri Lanka without their paying for at least for 1 1/2 years thanks to IPL and other incomes they get. We cannot blame players when they are going to IPL or other tournament because they called up because of they are talented. Sanath did what he wants do for now if he said players will listen because he is a senior for them and legend for us. Not like normal people after retirement players are will not get big income as they get now but their expenses will be the same because they are stars. So what ever they earned now will be the balance for live for them when they got old. Because every player will not get the good opportunities after they retired. And we will also not look after them right. So this is their time now to earn what they can.

  • POSTED BY EGWdxb on | March 4, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    This is common sense.. MP does not consider exchanging rate and compare salary of international cricketers. Just imagine a cricketers life with a normal peoples life.They fight and they try and bring glory to country and entertain whole world. They deserve these and im sure only their concern is the Board spend money for nothing with what cricketers earn. they earn.Since Sanath has gone through this spectacle in the past Im sure he will act more professionaly and bring back the best players to beat Bangla and tour England for champions trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Thank you very much Sana. As the election is due in march, the existing the members might be a bit of volatile.

  • POSTED BY U.S.Bandara on | March 4, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Money should not dictate terms both 4 cricketers & cricket administrators. I don`t think our cricketers are so greedy 4 money. What they ask is what they entitle. We should not jealous on them. They are not the biggest money makers in this country today. They live on their talents. 4 some reason if V loose them it is a great loss to Sri Lanka. We already learn one lesson from South Africa case. V should not demoralize them. They are intelligent and patriotic to draw their lines.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Sanath has shown that he is man of people and quality. I have personally experienced his unassuming nature and co-player orientation that he is endowed with. On the contrary Nishantha Ranathunga is one who is problem oriented with no ability to find a solution. THis is well demonstrated by his negative comments about what Sanath has achieved. The players always has put country before them and this is no exception

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    I am an Indian ... and a big fan of Srilankan cricket along with the Indian cricket ... !! In this case I will stand with the cricketers ...!! They have a career of 12-13 years on avg. so they need to be paid better ... nothing wrong in the demand of SL players ...!! And Jayasuriya ... he is the man ...!! Respect from India!!

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | March 4, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    We can't blame players like 'they play only for money not for the country' because who gives them money for their expenses if they don't earn by playing? Is anybody willing to serve for country for free and die without food? Players have already sacrificed everything of their lives for cricket. Even if we are paid as much as them we can't even think about showing colours like national players. I think SLC is broken now as a result of poor management. Players don't have any responsibility about it. If SLC trys to solve their economic problem by cutting players salaries players have all the rights to show their objection. It doesn't mean players play only for money.

  • POSTED BY Dulanjan on | March 4, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Sanga, MJ ,Dilshan & Murali are donating certain amount of money to hospitals & funds. It's better they have the money than SLC's polluted officials. Plus we were the WC finalists in last couple of series.They deserve more than they receive now from SLC, don't they?

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    This is a shame. I have deep respect for Jayasurya, but he seems to be going more and more political. The players couldn't possibly say no to the legend, but this is disappointing. The players have to live. In a sports like Cricket where 40 is the end of your career, you need to rack up bank balance. Cutting down their advertisement compensations and extra national salary during the IPL will just send a wrong message to the players and increase more players focused on leagues rather than playing for their nation and pride.

  • POSTED BY caromball on | March 4, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    If they are demanding too much let every one out of the side.Do not care whether they are big or small.We need to start from zero to correct everything.

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | March 4, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    @sampi72, do u want ur cricketers to suffer in poverty and unable to pay bills when they retire? remember not every player is getting selected for IPL. They have families to feed , let them do what is gud for their families. I am sure u wud do the same. Support ur players who play their heart out for your country!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    If the board has destroyed the players this time, the players will destroy the country. Every talented player will look for riches in BBL, IPL or some other league. RIP Lankan cricket,. It was in coma anyway.

  • POSTED BY ARad on | March 4, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    "PUTTING THE COUNTRY FIRST" is a statement that appeals to our sentiments but what it asks for is a sacrifice, giving up our lives (in times of wars) or livelihoods (in times such as this). It automatically blunts any criticism about how we got into any particular situation (such as a conflict or economic/business situation) and the real issues because anyone who questions this sentiment is, of course, not putting the country first. Sri Lankan fans must PROCEED WITH CAUTION...

  • POSTED BY sulav.dahal on | March 4, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    good move by very talented, sober and good player jayasuriya! loads of applause! please take SL cricket to right directions!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    @leoE- wt do u mean by mean by payback time???wt slc gave them to payback.ipl teams selected them bcz of players own perfomance.not slc.. Test no 6?? K den wts about odi nd t20.. is it different team???

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    Country first..........you need discipline and loyalty, think these things.......go and play true and gentlemens cricket.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | March 3, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    great news. I dont think anything wrong with the players. Remember playing cricket is their only job. So whatever they earn from cricket is what they will be using to manage their expenses.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    This is shame.players should get what they deserve.they work hard.country b4 family.brought us to 4 finals in 5years.we enjoyed bcz of them.nt bcz of slcb or nishanta ranatunga..dey deserve that 25%..they r too tough on players..

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Sana,,what a grate knock again, I do not think there is ruin in SL Cricket at all. SLCB must allow all the facilities what we can give reasonably without any delay, then only we can protect our uniqueness. Probably grate movement by SLCB, If there is some sensation temporary, that will eliminate and can keep the proud and gentlemen game in future.

  • POSTED BY LeoE on | March 3, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    The issue has been resolved. Thanks to Sanath. But the major concern still looms large. Our cricketers have brought Sri Lanka down to sixth position in ICC Test rankings, and we are only above WI, NZ and Bangladesh. Now what do they want ? Twenty Million per year for that ? The Board must be tough. The players have earned sufficiently over the last four years due to IPL. They live comfortably, have invested in property, and drive good vehicles. Now they need to pay back. They need to show commitment, dedication and a willingness to make Sri Lanka a top cricketing nation as in the past. 2011-2012 was a disaster. The players under Arjuna, Sanath etc were far more hard working than this bunch. Malinga refuses to play test cricket, but loves the IPL money. Until we are among the top three test playing nations, (remember, we lost to NZ recently ) there should be no sympathy shown towards players requesting better perks. Earnings are well over ten million per year and that is enough.

  • POSTED BY toddybudy on | March 3, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    The reason to watch Sri Lankan news or anyone to have any interest in the country of srilanka is Sri Lankan cricket. The reason to have any interest in Sri Lankan cricket is the senior players and not the juniors. The reason for Sri Lankan cricket gained such popularity in the cricket world is the performance and conduct of the seniors like Sangakara, Jayawardena and Mathews, who contributed and showcased excellence in cricket. It is not the corrupt Nisantha or the other bootlickers in the SLC. Don't under estimate the influence that the seniors have on world cricket and the other countries and their cricket boards. Don't be surprise that the countries that have already signed up for upcoming series with Sri Lanka pull out of their contract in support of seniors.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Because of Sanath was chatting with our captain cool (Arjuna) one week ago. he he , Any way probably proud movement by SLCB,,

  • POSTED BY ByzGenProb on | March 3, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    It is only a matter of time before ICC investigates SLC. SLC already maybe in violation of some ICC regulations such as Code of conduct for players and player support personnel, Code of ethics for ICC, Anti corruption code for participants which includes Extortion etc etc, Player eligibility and many others. If violations are serious enough, there will be sanctions, including loss of test status which will result in loss of revenue for SLC. Unfortunately, greed and exploitation seams to permeate every decision making body involved in cricket in Sri Lanka. ICC needs to investigate this now and take necessary actions immediately. One final thing that all parties in SL, from the sports ministry down to the players, need to remember is that quality dictates revenue....

  • POSTED BY SyedAreYouDumb on | March 3, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Jayasuriya probably said something like: "Why are you so interested in money? Remember playing for your country is the best thing then money...!" Atleast this issue is resolved.

  • POSTED BY Viraj_Asanka on | March 3, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Yappppp !!!!!!! the issue is solved BD to face full string lankans ......News just confirmed, Players agree to sign contract....

  • POSTED BY golfallday on | March 3, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Garbage....Sana strong arms the team! The players should stick to their guns. The cricket exec's take all the benefits and the players are nothing more than SLAVES. There is way too much politics involved in SL cricket, and the only way they know is strong arm tactics. Very disappointing. Once there are benefits and compensations established you can't jerk that away - Get the POLITICS and Politicians OUT!!

  • POSTED BY sampi72 on | March 3, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    This is shame..Money before the country.....MJ,KS,TD and LM are not satisfying with IPL and other big earnings......If Angi and Chandi are available...we can test some young guys like Angelo Perera, Kithruwan Liyanage,Bhanuka Rajapkse,Tharindu Kaushal,Ashan Priyanjan,Roshen Silva,Ishan Jayarathne,Saliya saman Jeewantha with some experience players who excel in domestic cricket like Michael Vandort, Kapugedara,Kaushal Silvay,Janka Gunarathne,Sachithra serasinghe.We may loose to Bangalidesh..does not matter....We can develop future sri lanka cricket with the players who loves the mother country rather than money...and We can develope Sri Lanka cricket with better decepline.......

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    why are they doing like that.first Sumathi issue and then this! why SLC is trying to ruin the SriLanka's biggest pride in the world!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    good move by SLCB! players must not demands on SLCB!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    @ Mr. Chris Silva, it's disappointing to see ur comments as a sri lankan because as we all know our players are cricketers from profession and they should get paid for their profession. Here is a simple example for u, if you are an employee you will not work for charity for your organization and u will be paid for your job at the end of every month and if you get a penny less u will make fuzz for sure as a human being coz u have not being paid for your efforts, so the same goes to cricket as well and if you know what kind of commitment and effort our players put behind to make our nation proud u will be shocked and they hardly get time to be wit their own families, so this humble request they have put forward is for their hard earned money and it shuldnt be cut down whenever SLC required and also FYI 25% policy is applicable for all test playing nations and also whatever tournament they play overseas due to their talent....

  • POSTED BY Karnain on | March 3, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    I heard some reliable news on this matter. According to that, Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal agreed to sign the contract on behalf of the players.

    Sanath Jayasuriya said that players agreed to sign the contract during the discussion and problem is solved now - What a great knock from Sana again.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    This is SAD! Please do not ruin SL Cricket! Its all we have, resolve the issues and move on. A Stand off like this has the potential to do some serious damage for SL Cricket, and we might not recover from the blow.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    to SLC, please do NOT ruin cricket. Administrators are there to assist development of cricket not to ruin the sport

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | March 3, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    if the board is in a loss, it is not because of the players, it is due to some mad decisions they had taken in the past. they spent millions for 2 grounds in Hambanthota and pallekalle when they could have easily renovate few of the existing grounds in the country. Apart from few ODIs and a T20 it is seldom that even a 1st class game is played in these grounds. IPL and spending so much on players' wives tours is acceptable from the board's perspective but the rest are totally unfair from the players perspective.

  • POSTED BY Faridmalek on | March 3, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Once a reporter asked murli how much u make, murli smiled and I said I make enough to consider my self rich and not enough to consider my self wealthy..... Shouldn't that be the difference between employee and employer

  • POSTED BY Viraj_Asanka on | March 3, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Hope they give respect to SANA.....:)

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    We love Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan cricket. It is in our blood. Our players must learn to work with the administrators and come to amicable compromises. We must learn from KP saga and England problems. Some of our players like to much for themselves, all the perks and benefits but we do not see them giving it all on the field. IPL yes not when they represent Sri Lanka. England and Wales CB spend a mere 25% of their income for the players. I understand SLC spend more than 65% +++ on the players. Come on we are not made of Gold and Diamonds. I am disappointed to note our players showing clear signs of selfishness. Some of the players who want perks for their wives are not even spoken for? Put our mother land Sri Lanka first for a change.

  • POSTED BY garawi on | March 3, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Yes, The SLCC and the selectors for their own convenience and profit will pull the rug under the feet of the Sri Lanka Cricket. Dooms day for Sri Lanka. All because the politicians took over the running of SLCC.

  • POSTED BY imalkait on | March 3, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Come on SANA….we need a strategic & patient inning in this match,

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Both parties have to compromise for a solution for the sake of the game and it's fans.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | March 3, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    No ipl? whoa, that would be a rude shock for the lankan players as we all know they prioritize IPL more than playing for their national team,

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | March 3, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    I hope our Sana boy will be able to resolve this problem before Friday. I hate the attitude of this SLC administration. They must know that they get their bread n butter thanks to these players. Who are they kiddin' here ? Players earn money for the board. So They are not only deserving but also fully entitled to have their fair share.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Sana Boy in to the Action :D

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    what is going on here in SLC ????? the board is not ready to consider any of the senior cricketers words. we need a smooth way to finish this problem.

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  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    what is going on here in SLC ????? the board is not ready to consider any of the senior cricketers words. we need a smooth way to finish this problem.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Sana Boy in to the Action :D

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | March 3, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    I hope our Sana boy will be able to resolve this problem before Friday. I hate the attitude of this SLC administration. They must know that they get their bread n butter thanks to these players. Who are they kiddin' here ? Players earn money for the board. So They are not only deserving but also fully entitled to have their fair share.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | March 3, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    No ipl? whoa, that would be a rude shock for the lankan players as we all know they prioritize IPL more than playing for their national team,

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Both parties have to compromise for a solution for the sake of the game and it's fans.

  • POSTED BY imalkait on | March 3, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Come on SANA….we need a strategic & patient inning in this match,

  • POSTED BY garawi on | March 3, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Yes, The SLCC and the selectors for their own convenience and profit will pull the rug under the feet of the Sri Lanka Cricket. Dooms day for Sri Lanka. All because the politicians took over the running of SLCC.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    We love Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan cricket. It is in our blood. Our players must learn to work with the administrators and come to amicable compromises. We must learn from KP saga and England problems. Some of our players like to much for themselves, all the perks and benefits but we do not see them giving it all on the field. IPL yes not when they represent Sri Lanka. England and Wales CB spend a mere 25% of their income for the players. I understand SLC spend more than 65% +++ on the players. Come on we are not made of Gold and Diamonds. I am disappointed to note our players showing clear signs of selfishness. Some of the players who want perks for their wives are not even spoken for? Put our mother land Sri Lanka first for a change.

  • POSTED BY Viraj_Asanka on | March 3, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Hope they give respect to SANA.....:)

  • POSTED BY Faridmalek on | March 3, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Once a reporter asked murli how much u make, murli smiled and I said I make enough to consider my self rich and not enough to consider my self wealthy..... Shouldn't that be the difference between employee and employer