Both on and off the field, Sri Lankan cricket is currently in disarray. Because of contract conflicts, according to the latest allegations from Sri Lankan tabloid Daily FT, the selectors may pick a second-string side for the next limited-overs series against India.
The annual contracts for Sri Lankan players have yet to be accepted. If the players do not sign at least ‘tour contracts,’ the board has stated that they will select a drastically different team for the India series.
The Sri Lankan footballers are currently in England, having signed only “voluntary declaration forms.”
By the end of the England series, the board and players were expected to have reached an agreement. However, no agreement has yet been reached between the two parties. The Sri Lankan cricket board has indicated that voluntary declaration forms will not be accepted, and that players will be required to sign a tour contract in order to be considered for the India series.
“The Executive Committee on the advice of the Technical and Advisory Committee will have to decide whether the players will have to sign a tour contract. Probably that is the only option left because we are not going ahead with voluntary declaration forms anymore. We will not want to go ahead with any voluntary declaration forms in the future. It was the first time a team had left overseas signing such a document,” said SLC CEO Ashley de Silva.
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On the field, Kusal Perera and his side will try to avoid a whitewash against England in the One-Day International series. In today’s third and final ODI, they will face Eoin Morgan and his team. The Lankans had already been defeated 3-0 in the T20I series.
Five Sri Lankan players have been ruled out of the India series, including Vishwa Fernando and Lasith Embuldeniya.
Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara, Ashen Bandara, and Kasun Rajitha have already been ruled out of the India series after refusing to sign tour contracts, said the Sri Lankan cricket CEO a few days ago. As a result, the players did not attend the Colombo or Dambulla bio-bubble cum residential program.
The board’s current annual contract awards players depending on their fitness levels and on-field performance. The players, on the other hand, are hesitant to embrace the new model, according to lawyers for the cricketers, who claim that they are “not in agreement to sign unfair and non-transparent contracts.”
New contracts for Sri Lanka’s cricketers has been a bone of contention. Several players will get pay cuts with Mathews losing USD 50,000. Karunaratne will lose 30k while Lakmal will miss out 45k. Players want formula on which Contract Grades were done explained. Won’t sign until. pic.twitter.com/v3pdswwT2W
— Rex Clementine (@RexClementine) May 15, 2021