The Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLCB) has imposed an unconditional gag on all its current & former players connected with the Board after reports emerged that senior and former players openly fought among themselves on the players contract issues.
Allegations of some players being severely affected, even not being able to repay their home insurances & EMI and some even halting their impending marriages.
While former Sri Lanka captain Hasan Tillakaratne accepted it was a “sorry state of affairs” and he “felt for the players” but was quick not to say anything beyond this as he was employed by the SLCB.
According to Sunday Morning, players had written a letter to the Board, asking it to pay the pending dues at the earliest. It reads: “Due to the new contract, we have not been paid any kind since January 2021. The players are not clear about the new contract. They should be informed about this in writing. Under the new contract, the salary of the players has to be cut by 30 per cent.”
While the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan said it was an “internal matter between Board and cricketers” and he would not like to say much but admitted that there were some issues between senior and junior players.
Kumar Sangakarra said he simply wants to stay away from this controversy. “Please keep me out of it.”
The report also suggests that junior players are looking to get out of the controversy and their annual salary will also increase.
As such, the players have written a letter to the Board where they have accepted the proposal. The players have requested the Board to implement the contract from January 1, 2021.