Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is expected to earn around INR 89.7 crore ($12 million) for hosting India in a six-match limited-overs series beginning on July 13th. The series was originally scheduled to consist of only three games, but the BCCI agreed to host six, according to SLC president Shammi Silva (three T20Is & three ODIs).
Sri Lankan cricket’s earnings will more than quadruple as a result of the three extra games, compared to what was expected previously. According to dailynews.lk, the SLC president spoke to the media about the situation:
“We had initially finalised to host three matches. But after some negotiations with the Indian Cricket Board, we managed to increase the matches to six which will enable us to raise an additional $6 million in revenue. SLC will be able to provide a large income to the country with Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa’s vision of building a strong economy through Sports.”
How is #TeamIndia beating the heat ☀️ and staying 🆒 in Sri Lanka?
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 7, 2021
Meanwhile, Arjuna Ranatunga, a Sri Lankan icon, has cast doubt on the next series against India. Sri Lankan cricket authorities, he claimed, are just hosting a second-string Indian team for “television marketing purposes.”
“We did not reduce the monthly salaries and allowances of our cricketers”- Sri Lanka cricket President
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) July 7, 2021
A contract dispute has brought the Sri Lankan cricket body to a standstill with its national team players. The board has devised a new model that awards cricketers depending on their success on the field and fitness levels. However, the parties have yet to reach an agreement on new terms.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic affecting several tours, Shammi Silva emphasized that their players’ monthly salary and allowances have not been lowered. The president of the SLC stated:
“We missed out on several tours as scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet we did not reduce the monthly salaries and allowances of our cricketers. None of their facilities were deducted either. In the face of this situation, the cricketers should give out their best display to the country.”
After losing their last three limited-overs series, Sri Lanka will be looking for a favourable result in the next series against India (one versus Bangladesh and two against England). Sri Lanka has a bad recent record against India, having won only two of their past ten one-day internationals.