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Chandimal awarded top contract by SLC

Andrew Fidel Fernando

February 27, 2014

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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal with the series trophy, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Chittagong, February 14, 2014
Dinesh Chandimal now captains Sri Lanka in Twenty20 cricket © AFP
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Test and ODI vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal has been moved to the top earners' bracket, as Sri Lanka Cricket scrapped six national contracts in 2014, reducing their list from 23 players to 17. There were few other surprises in the list. Lahiru Thirimanne and Kusal Perera advanced to the second and third brackets respectively, while Kaushal Silva, who joins at the fourth rung, is the only new name in the contracts list.

Among those who have not had their contracts renewed, Dimuth Karunaratne and Nuwan Pradeep remain a part of the national setup, having played in both the UAE and Bangladesh Test tours. Suraj Randiv, Chanaka Welegedara, Upul Tharanga and Jeevan Mendis - who have been dropped or remained unavailable due to injury over the past year - are the other omissions from last year's list. 


The special category for players who are unlikely to play all formats swelled to three, with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga joining Test-specialist Prasanna Jayawardene there. Malinga had last year been a level one player, but he had only been eligible for a fraction of the pay the Test players in that same category had earned.

All 17 players will receive a 7% hike on their 2013 pay - an increase that is driven by the team's rankings in limited-overs cricket. The players receive a 2% increase for their fifth rank in ODIs and a 5% raise for their top rank in Twenty20 cricket. Having played only seven Tests in the past 12 months - four of those against Bangladesh - Sri Lanka remained below fifth on the Test rankings, and the players are ineligible for an increase for that format.

SLC has further incentivised players' contracts by tying a one-off bonus to individual rankings. Kumar Sangakkara is the major beneficiary of the new system, receiving a payment equivalent to 10% of his annual salary for his top-five rank among both Test and ODI batsmen. Rangana Herath earns a 6% bonus for his top-ten rank in Test and ODI bowling, while Dilshan gets a 3% payment for his top-ten place in ODI batting. High ranks in Twenty20 cricket are worth less than for the other formats, and Ajantha Mendis and Nuwan Kulasekara earned a 3% and 2% payment respectively, for their third and ninth rankings.

A dispute over 2013's contracts had led to a 24-hour lockout for the players last year, largely over the non-payment of 25% of the board's earnings from ICC events. Though the players had signed last year's contracts on the understanding that payment may be re-introduced in future years, the players remain ineligible for that payment under the new contracts.

Full list of contracted players
Category 1: Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Angelo Mathews, Rangana Herath, Dinesh Chandimal
Category 2: Lahiru Thirimane, Ajantha Mendis
Category 3: Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera
Category 4: Shaminda Eranga, Sachithra Senanayake, Kaushal Silva, Suranga Lakmal
Special category: Prasanna Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lasith Malinga

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Posted by F22R on (March 5, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

About Chandimal, I really feel he is a world class talent and with the time (with having permanent position in the batting order) he could become the player to watch in SL. Mathews currently getting permanent No. 5 position in all formats and he performing. Its not easy to play in any position given with consistent performing. I feel Dilshan and Mahela will consider their retirements after next world cup. Sanga may stay for another couple of years after the World Cup. .I think in this scenario, selector might consider the attitude of players also. Chandimal known for a hard worker and team player. He skipped IPL for 2 consecutive years for player commitments. Im sure that selectors trying to get a skipper out of him like Arjuna.

Posted by DilumSL on (March 4, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

Chandimal is a really talented cricketer. he is just going through a hard time. he just need some time. playing him while he is failing will destroy his future. he shouldn't have given the t20 captaincy in fact he is not even be in the t20 team. Just let him play some 1st class cricket and some time with coaches he will bounce back again. about these contracts well no one actually knows how these were awarded therefore i don't know how to comment on them.

Posted by caromball on (March 1, 2014, 1:06 GMT)

What happened to Dammika Prasad.The fast bowler.Why he is not catogarised in the contract list?Is he not good enough?

Posted by Santhush-Perera on (February 28, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

Everyone is shouting about Chandimal! This seems to be a good ploy by SLC to MASK the astonishingly contrasting DISCREPANCIES visible in TREATMENT of some players like Upul Tharanga (171 ODIs- 5228 Runs Av. 33.94 - 13x100s - 28x50s). Didn't he score 174* vs India in Kingstn to WIN a match for SL last July? Unfortunately, just 4 weeks later, he was axed! Obviously to make room for Kusal the flat deck lucky player, who was parachuted to the ODI side initially as a substitute wicket keeper despite having 3 wkt keepers in the side. It is interesting to note how K. Perera ADVANCED to the third bracket, while a player like Tharanga was NOT even OFFERED a contract! This is how Kusal fared as an OPENER in 18 ODIs Against all Countries (OTHER THAN Bang.) his Batting AVERAGE is mere 18.4 (16 ODI ings - 295 Runs- 2x50 - Av18.4) including today's LUCKY inning 64 that he got 2 lives, extremely lucky one at just 7 due to a fielder collision! The CRITERIA for ADVANCEMENTS in SL Cricket is a SHAME!!!

Posted by Naked_Cricket on (February 28, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

Chandimal and Prasanna in Wrong categories . Give respect to Prasanna and move him up in to next level . Make a new special group for people like UPUL and JEEWAN MENDIS,PRASAD, DIMUTH KARUNARATHNE.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

I agree with the the previous comments made.What were the note worthy performances by Chandimal to put him in category 1. Pl.explain Mr. Sanath Jayasuriya and hierarchy officials of SL Cricket.Is it politics?

Posted by nickexplore on (February 28, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

When Mitchell Johnson broke Sangakkara's hand in Australia, the selectors flew out Lahiru Thirimanne for the Sydney test, even though Chandimal was in the SL touring squad. Thirimanne arrived the day before, batted at no 4 and made an impressive 94, against a fast relentless Australian attack. I am surprised Chandimal is rewarded with a higher national contract for 2014 ahead of Thirimanne, who contiues to impress with a run-a-ball 102 opening against Pakistan in the Asia Cup, while Chandimal batted at 8!

Posted by bjcm12 on (February 28, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

Chandimal's scoring record is very poor. His average speaks for itself nothing to challenge. He is not suitable to captain SL in any format. Sad state !

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

What happen to Upul Tharanga?

Posted by MH19 on (February 28, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

The increases are very reasonable and performance driven well done and Kumar Sangakkara deserves the best for his batting pinnacles and his ranking as the in the best 10 in batting and Herath for bowling. Non performers will have to really prove their mantle with performance and the new players will try to now stamp the class. so overall good work and Chandimal is our future and he will develop to be a good crickerter to our country

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 3:13 GMT)

@sajeeka dilshan. i totaly agree with you.chandimal was a great player and marven has changed his rythm some how. please every one don't condemn our young superb morality as sri lankens. everybody who jealousy about us are really happy with these comments (indians). threre must be reasons for all of these..

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

Chandimal is a good player. He played a super innings at last ODI against Pakistan. When Kusal was struggling during mid of the SL innings Chandimal kept the scoreboard moving. This reduces the pressure of Kusal.

Posted by nickexplore on (February 28, 2014, 2:06 GMT)

Spinner Suraj Randiv can consider himself unlucky this morning not to be offered a national contract, after taking 5 for 107 against the England Lions yesterday at the Premadasa. Randiv looked every bit a test player, showing exemplary control on a batting-friendly deck and is now likely to be named in the Test squad for SLs tour of England in May/June. Opener Upal Tharanga also put his hand up for selection with back to back hundreds an unbeaten 102 yesterday which featured 18 fours, with the prospect of more to come today.

Posted by Big_Brother_of_Cricket on (February 28, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

It's hilarious to see SLCB's reasons for these promotions. What did Chandimal do in 2013 to awarded a top contract. ODIs in 2013 : Matches: 27, Avg: 27, Only 2 fifties, Highest score: 73, 25 consecutive matches without a fifty. T20s in 2013: Matches: Avg: 9.28, Strike Rate: 77.38, Highest score: 22. Tests: 2 centuries against Bangladesh, fifty each against Pakistan and Australia. Is this what you need to achieve in order to get a top contract? This is a poor example given by SLCB to the upcoming young cricketers. Pathetic.

Posted by Vikum72 on (February 28, 2014, 1:42 GMT)

@Metro-ant: Don't you think both Chandimal and Lahiru could be in the future Sri Lankan team? In fact I believe these two are the next Mahela and Sanga! If you are claiming Chandi is not good enough, then who do you think is? It's obvious that Vithanages and Angelo Pereras have a very long way to go to, even to come to the level Chandimal is at present. Also on what grounds are you claiming Chandimal only scores against weaker sides? Do you think the same about scoring against in SA, Australia and Eng in their countries, as Chandia has done that? Do you know Chandimal averages approx 10 runs more than Thirimanne games played in SA, Australia and England against them (all formats)? So on what basis are you claiming Thirimanne's technique is 'miles above' Chandimal's?

Posted by Afta on (February 28, 2014, 1:20 GMT)

I don't agree this system of evaluation, it can bring about discontent among the players. (eg. what if a lower category player performs better than that of a higher one) Almost all question, how come Chandimal is viewed as the golden boy of the lot, in spite of his poor performances. Remember when Mathews was named captain for the Test and One Day side, it was for Eleven months only..! In other words, Chandimal steps in the moment Mathews performances drops. One wonders whether any kind of ethnicity plays a part in such matters as being the captain of the Sri Lankan team.

Posted by Vikum72 on (February 28, 2014, 1:09 GMT)

I'm amazed as to what Chandimal has done to deserve such negative comments from the Sri Lankan fans. I think he has become the scapegoat of the fan's frustration of the SLC! People, Chandimal is the best young talent we have in this country at the moment. All the people who are writing comments against him now, should be prepared to eat humble pie very soon (It even could be as early as tonight!) However I do agree Chandimal shouldn't be the T20 captain. In fact I don't think he should even be in the T20 team! Not because I don't think he's good enough to become a good T20 player, but because I believe he's above this. He should first concentrate on becoming a world's top test and ODI batsmen and once he has accomplished that, then he can think about the T20s. This premature exposure to T20s could destroy him as a test batsman.

Posted by wijeya on (February 28, 2014, 1:03 GMT)

So we take a player could eventually replace the excellence of the likes of Sanga or Mahela as a test player and try and force him to change his style/technique and become a T20 player. he shouldnt be anywhere near this T20 team keep him for ODI and Tests. We have enough players who play the right T20 style Angelo Perera etc

Posted by ziiz1477 on (February 28, 2014, 0:52 GMT)

He doesn't deserve to be in category 1 contracted player to stay along with Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Probably he was a match winner for one or two occassions, but when you look at his career records it does not prove that much. He is still at learning stage and he needs to improve a lot more technically. Promoting him to category 1 contracted player causes demotivating class players like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene. I feel sorry for them.

Posted by Santhush-Perera on (February 28, 2014, 0:11 GMT)

Way to go SLC Admins.! Simply denying even a CONTRACT to such a PLAYER like Upul Tharanga (171 ODIs- 5228 Runs Av. 33.94 - 13x100s - 28x50s). Didn't he score 174* vs India in Kingstn to WIN a match for SL last July? Unfortunately, just 4 weeks after, he was axed! Obviously to make room for a player parachuted to the side initially as a substitute wicket keeper(during Aussie tour a few months before, despite having 3 wikt keepers in the side). It is interesting to note how K. Perera ADVANCED to the third bracket, while a player like Tharanga was NOT even OFFERED a contract! This is how Kusal fared as an OPENER in 23 ODIs: Against all Countries (OTHER THAN Bang.) his Batting AVERAGE is mere 16.5 (17 ODIs - 231 Runs- -1x50 - 2 NO /2 DNB - Av 16.5). AGAINST Bang. (6 ODIs- 250 Runs 1x50 -1x100 -1 NO - Av 50.0). Is this the CRITERIA to get ADVANCEMENTS in SL Cricket? When you consider the prevailing massive DISCREPANCIES visible in TREATMENT of players, SLC is bringing SHAME to the GAME.!!!

Posted by TheKeeper on (February 28, 2014, 0:00 GMT)

Congratulations to KAUSHAL SILVA! He is a solid opening batsman and also a brilliant fielder. He too deserved to be rewarded with a national contract for his superb performances against PAK and BAN - especially the 2nd innings knock in the 1st test at Abu Dhabi. Well done!

Posted by TheKeeper on (February 27, 2014, 23:49 GMT)

Chandimal's top ranking is totally deserved. Those people who say otherwise have absolutely no idea about batting or cricket. As captain of the t20 side he has done well too and deserves the opportunity to prove his metal at the WC. Chandimal is a match-winner!

I'm happy with all the contracts and find no cause to complain at all. It's a very forward thinking list of selections, which I think it should be.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 23:36 GMT)

seriously chandimal is OK for ODIs but not T20 .... test he has the best average

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 22:57 GMT)

Most of the comments here shows that the knowledge of the game of those respective commentators are zero. You just can't measure a player with statistics. I'm sure Chandi will score more runs if he bats a bit higher in the line up

Posted by slazenger on (February 27, 2014, 22:51 GMT)

Promoted for doing what ? We really don't understand who's taking these decisions. Giving too much for this guy.

Posted by wapuser on (February 27, 2014, 22:25 GMT)

In sri lanka doesnt need anything to be at top, now cricket and politics quite same. See in t20 chandimal is the captain. And politics???????????. Good luck sri lanka.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 22:23 GMT)

Interesting call by SLC and I guess pay rise based on what your back ground and grass roots rather than performances. Mates helping each other with a blind eyes on stats. What is the T20 avarage for Chandimal again? 10.46

Posted by Dhushan on (February 27, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

So I guess this means Chandimal will remain as the T20 captain even though his performances are worth to nothing in limited overs cricket. He hasn't even cemented his place in the team in limited overs cricket, but he's the T20 captain. I really don't understand how SLC runs.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

what is special category?

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

I don't understand team selection. Chandimal is getting 1st category contract .where U.Tharanga who has 13 hundreds in ODI have no contract.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

I am surprised, Chandimal is not deserve a place in T20 or ODI format definitely not as a captain. Thisara Perara deserve higher category.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

There is always political issues until this world get hit by a asteroid bigger than the earth, so this is the reality.

Posted by Metro-ant on (February 27, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

What a shame because he only plays for himself and dummy spits when we lose. We need players that play for the team. We all remember that awkward match at Lord's where Mathews was blocking at one end for about 3 overs towards the end of the match just so Chandi scores his century. And what about the recent test match against Bangladesh where we delayed declaring just so Chandi scores his century on a flat track against a mediocre test side. Thirimanne has a terrific technique and there's no comparing it to any other young player in this team. Vithanage is too early to say since he hasn't been tested against proper fast bowling on a faster track yet but Thirimanne should be considered miles above Chandimal.

Posted by sujeemuller on (February 27, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

My t20 team playing 11 Mathews, sanga, mahela, kusal, Dilshan, priyanjana, Thisara.. malinga. .Senanayaka. . chathuranga. kulasekara or sekkuge prasanna there is no place for chandimal

Posted by sujeemuller on (February 27, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

I was reading lot of comments and they all talk about almost same.. shame what

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Well it wont be a surprised that he will replace Mathews very soon. Chandimal does not qulify to be in the team. There are more qulified players than him. Pol Adi Jayasuriya at it again. He will put the final nail in the coffin.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Chadi is really good player before meet Marvan Atapattu....

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

chandimal is a much inflated cricketer. He is not a player with extraordinary talent. He is just a batsman like any other. But for some unknown reason he is there in the SL team for ever. however much he fails, he will not be overlooked. We didn't see him scoring a century in recent times in any form of the game. even new players like kaushal, kithruwan kusal, thirimanna scored centuries and priyanjan play much better than him. this is v.unfair for emerging players. As far as we understand he is there only because he is young but nothing .else. much to the surprise he has been promoted to grade 1 category which we can't understand.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (February 27, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

First of all Chandimal does not even deserve a chance in t20 team.After 23 t20 internationals he averages just 13 (SR 92).He was horrible in ODI s as well in 2013 where he averaged only 27 in 27 matches.

He should be a category 2 player at most

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

What the hell, the flopped player gains Category 1 contact. Where are others Like Dimuth Karunaratne, Vithange etc. Becuase of these flopped player good players good player like Banuka Rajpakshe has not got the chance, and even becuase of this ill treatment from board Banuka is disturbed and lost his touch recently. Once again i will mention that this players like Chandimal and Kushal are not future for future of SL team. Invest in Thirimanne, Rajapakshe, Angelo Perera, Vithange. Thirammne should be the captain of the team in all formats, if not now, than after early exit from world cup 2015, SLC should pass the reins to him.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

where are tharindu kaushal, akila dananjaya, jeevan mendis, farveez maharoof, suraj randiv, seekuge prassana etc.?

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