Sri Lanka’s leading cricketers have stood against the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) as they deny accepting the new contract that shrinks the wages by 40%. A long list of cricketers includes the big names of Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, and a few others.
The announcement from the players’ end has come during critical times as the SL national team is scheduled to play six white-ball games versus India by the end of July. The series is crucial for SLC during the tough financial times they are going through.
The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) gave a helping hand to the SLC which will be helpful for the Island country’s board from a financial perspective. As they continue to struggle, they have no option but to reduce the payments of the players.
They expected unity from players in their favor but instead, the players chose to stand against them despite knowing the poor financial conditions. It is pertinent to mention here that many cricket boards are struggling with the instabilities caused by the COVID-19 since last year.
Sri Lanka cricketers stand against SLC, here is why
Recently, SLC has provided 24 cricketers with a contract giving 3rd June as a deadline to sign it. The players’ refusal has come in the light of comparison to other cricket-playing nations who have not cut paychecks up to this extent.
In a joint statement, the players were “dismayed and shocked.” However, the chairman of the Cricket Advisory Committee of SLC (CAC), Ashley De Silva uttered that pay reduction is due to country’s poor performances in recent times.
“We wanted to have a key performance indicator for the players so that we could evaluate them,” De Silva said adding that the new pay scheme was an incentive-based contract.