SL vs ENG: The ongoing struggle of the Sri Lankan players against the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has so far gone in favour of the cricketing body. Last month, Sri Lanka players had threatened to not sign the unfair central contracts due to a lack of transparency from the board.
But now a new twist takes place as the players have agreed for the England tour without any official contract. The development took place after SLC promised the players of making their evaluation marks public post the SL vs ENG tour.
“Because of problems with the transparency of the ratings system devised by SLC, the players will not sign,” the statement said.
“In addition, the players have decided they will not sign the contracts until players who have performed well in past years are looked after fairly.” the statement added.
While the players have been in shock and dismay, especially the ones whose’ contract comprises of base salaries. That resulted in all 24 players coming together to oppose the board for the same.
“This is the transparency the players had been requesting from the outset,” ESPNcricinfo quoted the players’ lawyer Nishan Premathiratne as saying.
“They will play this tour without signing any contract. They have signed a voluntary declaration, but there’s nothing there about player remuneration. They have always been committed to playing for Sri Lanka,” he added.
As ESPNCricinfo reported, the salaries of the players heavily rely on their fitness which is 70 percent, while 30 percent for leadership, professionalism, and adaptability.
Sri Lanka’s tour of England will begin from June 23 and the players will depart for the UK on June 8 i.e., Tuesday. Both the teams will play three T20Is and three ODIs.
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