Sri Lanka news March 12, 2014

SL contracts decision likely on Thursday


Sri Lanka Cricket is likely to deliver its final decision on the current contracts dispute with the players on Thursday after the two parties met for discussions on Wednesday, an official board release has said. The 2014 contracts have gone unsigned for 12 days, as the cricketers await a response on their demand for SLC to share 20% of the ICC events fee with the players.

"Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the office bearers of SLC met with the national team players today and had a discussion with regard to the player contract payments," the release said. "The players expressed their concerns and the office bearers stated their point of view on the subject, and there was an exchange of views between both parties. The office bearers will communicate the views exchanged at the meeting to the members of the executive committee tomorrow for a final decision."

Most of the 17 players offered contracts were present at the meeting, including captains Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, as well as seniors Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath and Nuwan Kulasekara. The board officials present included secretary Nishantha Ranatunga, CEO Ashley de Silva and vice-president Mohan de Silva. Board president Jayantha Dharmadasa was absent.

Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya had been expected to mediate discussions between the parties, after the players had made their initial demand for more funds through him, but he was also absent. Earlier in the week, Jayasuriya had said he felt the players should receive some of the disputed funds, arguing that cricketers have limited years in which they earn.

"Exactly what that compensation is, is up to the board," Jayasuriya had said. "I can't promise anything because I don't make that decision."

Last year's contracts dispute had led to the players being locked out by the board, but with the team set to leave for the World T20 on Sunday, 2014's discussions are less likely to escalate to a crisis.

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

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  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Players come first without them there is no board

  • Manoj on March 14, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    This is the seniors who are making a mock here look at Sanga's and Mahela's faces and Chandimal's face. Replacements will be needed soon and Sanga or Mahela should not talk on behalf of others and the players should talk them self so if they ask more money then his performance to the country should be talked.

  • Tissa on March 13, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Sri Lanka Cricket Board must keep the players happy. Their time of play is limited. If they can play until they get old like 40, it is very lucky.But most of them can not stay on so long. Specially fast bowlers. So the Cricket Board should do what ever they can do to make their life better. Compared to European players what Asian players are getting is pea nuts.

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    come on guys, you make enough money? now play for the country and bring glory at the T-20. show your colours among the rest of the world teams as you have shown as 'Best in Asia'.

  • udendra on March 13, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    @Chandana: I like your sarcasm :D

  • Ajith on March 13, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    It is a fair demand by the players who toil hard to bring in much needed funds to the board. As someone has commented paid officials and overstaffing of the cricket board has created this situation. A leaner organizational structure and funds spent on tamashas etc. is very necessary so that the monies can be distributed prudently to the players and cricket development activities amongst schools, clubs, districts & provinces in the future.

  • GAYAN on March 13, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Thing is not the money .. If SLC want to cut down players salary and for what purpose they will save this money 1. Pay such big salary to who is doing nothing to SL cricket (Not Sanath N ranatunga They shud Pay ) 2. To pay people who sold TV rights to CSN for Nothing rather than going for a proper proceeds 3. To have few forign visit to SLC Bulls 4.OR DEVELOP THE NATION CRICKET IN PROPER WAY


  • Y on March 12, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    These players must get paid the top dollar...they deserve it and they always at the top of the world rankings. One Murali away from cementing the #1 ranking. (With all due respect to top ranking sides) My argument is, if they play the best sides with head to head how come they don't get paid likewise.

  • Dharshan on March 12, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Players come first, without them there is no board, no money and no board members (who sit in the office and enjoy players' hard earn money). So they better agree with the players.

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Officials come first. First meet their needs (including all travel, shopping, hotels, family perks, etc) and then whatever is left over the players can have. Anybody can swing a bat or throw a ball. Without officials nothing would be organized. Would you rather your heroes play in the street??? Ha ha, even that is going to be banned now.

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