Players’ revolt over central contracts
A refusal by the 23 centrally contracted members to sign the new contracts has led to Sri Lanka Cricket taking a firm decision to select a completely new squad to play in the two Test series against Bangladesh.The deadline for signing the contracts was yesterday and The Nation learns that all 23 members which includes newly appointed captain Angelo Mathews and his deputy Dinesh Chandimal have refused point blank to sign the amended contract thus putting SLC in a quandary with the first Test at Galle only five days away.
The players had met SLC officials and informed them of their decision. The SLC had been firm and told the players beforehand that unless the central contracts were signed they would not be selected to play for Sri Lanka.The core issue it is understood is scrapping the 25 percent guarantee fee to players from ICC events.
Even last year this same issue cropped up and the players eventually had their way when they refused to sign the Sri Lanka Players’ League (SLPL) contract until the central contracts were finalized.
Other changes to the contract which the players are unhappy about is deduction of salary for players participating in the IPL,scrapping of one business class air ticket per year for wives and reducing the number of contract categories.The SLC has made it clear that they don’t recognize the Sri Lanka Players’ Association, the international players body FICA or player managers or agents and their dealings over any issues would be directly with the players.It is learnt that the national selectors will meet today to pick a new squad of players to play in the first Test against Bangladesh.