Pramodaya Wickramasinghe: Addressing media in Colombo © SLCA

The Sri Lanka Cricketers' Association (SLCA) on have announced an awards scheme for the country's leading domestic and international players.

"A lot of countries have such awards," Pramodaya Wickramasinghe, president of the SLCA, told AFP. "This is something that we've been thinking of seriously and want to initiate. Domestic cricket has been one of our major concerns. We feel there's not much recognition for it, though it plays a vital part. We have a sponsor and will have a grand awards ceremony early next year."

The awards will carry a total cash prize of Rs 12 million (US$ 120,000), with the player of the year set to receive Rs 250,000 (US$ 2,500). Apart from players, umpires, coaches and curators are also likely to be honoured at the ceremony.

The SLCA, which comprises of former and present cricketers, recently introduced a pension scheme for former players in which everyone over the age of 55 gets Rs 10,000 (100 dollars) per month. The association was also involved in negotiating contracts for players earlier this year.