NewsProTeam | Jun 19, 2021 | 0
Sri Lanka’s England tour in jeopardy after gamers refuse to signal contracts
Thirty-eight Sri Lanka gamers have signed a press release refusing to signal the tour contracts provided by SLC
Sri Lanka’s tour of England has been forged into severe jeopardy after the gamers anticipated to be chosen refused to signal the tour contracts provided by Sri Lanka Cricket.
That is as a part of the boys’s cricketers’ bigger resistance to SLC’s new annual contracts scheme, which they imagine lacks transparency and doesn’t adequately compensate senior gamers. Though gamers haven’t been centrally contracted since final October when the earlier spherical of contracts expired, sequence since then have been performed beneath a succession of momentary tour contracts. However the gamers have now dug their heels in and are headed for a severe confrontation with SLC over the following 72 hours. The staff is because of go away for England at 12.05am on Wednesday (June 9).
Thirty-eight gamers have signed a press release refusing to signal the tour contracts – a rise from the 24 gamers who had beforehand made their resistance to the brand new scheme official. Primarily, the gamers’ competition is that the workings of the grading system devised by SLC to assign contracts of various worth to gamers haven’t been sufficiently made clear to them.
“Because of the problems with the transparency of the ratings system devised by SLC, the players will not sign the [tour contract],” the discharge signed by 38 high gamers mentioned.
Their lawyer, Nishan Premathiratne, informed ESPNcricinfo that along with refusing the tour contracts on precept, there was additionally a authorized objection to those contracts.
“The tour contract also refers to matters of the annual [main] contract for 2021, which is yet unsigned,” he mentioned. “In the event, the annual contract is not settled and a dispute is pending, the validity of the tour contract referring to an unsigned contract is also an issue.”
Along with taking concern with transparency, the gamers have additionally acknowledged they would like the one standards for drawing up contracts lists must be participant efficiency and health. SLC’s new scheme, nevertheless, additionally takes into consideration management, professionalism and future efficiency/adaptability.
And whereas the annual contracts have been provided to 24 gamers – a discount from the 30 who have been provided central contracts within the final spherical – gamers are additionally now suggesting that some compensation be given to a wider group of gamers. As 14 additional gamers have joined the unique 24 in resisting the brand new contracts scheme, this new request follows.
“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 assertion mentioned.
The brand new contracts scheme had been drawn up primarily by the technical committee headed by Aravinda de Silva and SLC’s new director of cricket Tom Moody. There’ll now have to be severe negotiations over the following few days if Sri Lanka are to fulfil their tour obligations.
Gamers who’ve refused to signal the tour contract: Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Dananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Embuldeniya, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Isuru Udana, Oshada Fernando, Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Danushka Gunathilaka, Ashen Bandara, Akila Dananjaya, Chamika Karunaratne, Asitha Fernando, Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Ishan Jayaratne, Charith Asalanka, Dananjaya Lakshan, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kamil Mishara, Praveen Jayawickrama, Roshen Silva, Minod Bhanuka
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf