The Sri Lankan national cricketers on Saturday refused to sign new salary contracts over the weekend, but said they would take part in their tour of England this month. A lawyer representing Cricketers has said they disagree with a new performance-based pay scheme designed by a Cricket committee panel, including former Australian star Tom Moody. “Players refuse to sign annual and tour contracts until a salary dispute is resolved,” lawyer Nishan Premathiratne said in a statement.
The statement came when the Sri Lanka Cricket deadline was extended to June 3.
According to the document, the players will take part in their tour of England, where they will play three Internationals a day and three Twenty20 matches without a contract. “Even when players are denied pay, they will play in the country because it is their main goal.”
According to the proposed salary structure, former captain Angelo Mathews and current test captain Dimuth Karunaratne had the biggest reductions.
Mathews ’annual fee dropped from $ 130,000 to $ 80,000 a year to Karunaratne for $ 70,000, a drop of $ 30,000.
When the new salary plan was presented last month, the players said it was “not transparent” and asked the Sri Lankan Cricket not to have weapons.
The players also accused the management of violating confidentiality by publicly disclosing the proposed salaries.
The management had no immediate reaction, but said players could earn more under a new performance-based scheme formulated with the help of former skipper Aravinda de Silva and Moody.
The Australian was hired in March as the director of the Sri Lankan Cricket Committee to prepare the team for the next World Cup.
The 24 national players offered annual contracts to all of Dhananjaya de Silva and each to goalkeeper Niroshan Dikwella, earning the highest salary of $ 100,000. However, they both rejected the new salary agreement, according to their lawyer.
Sri Lankan Cricket officials said the basic rates for new contracts are bonuses for travel outside Colombia in addition to payments per match.
SLC president Shammi Silva said last month that he believed the players had the potential to help them win more and improve their ranking in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is eighth among the 10 test nations, ninth in the international one-day standings and eighth in the Twenty20 rankings.
Following the cancellation of several trips due to the coronavirus pandemic last year, Sri Lanka has persuaded India to hold extra games on a tour in July in order to increase its television revenue.
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