SLC strike a deal with players ahead of England Tour
Following a tense meeting held earlier this afternoon (07) at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Officials and the national team have reached a favourable decision, ahead of the England series.
The players had reportedly agreed to sign the tour declaration and participate in the T20 series to be held in England.
Sri Lanka's tour of England was cast into serious jeopardy after the players expected to be selected refused to sign the tour contracts offered by Sri Lanka Cricket. This was a part of the men's cricketers' 'larger resistance to LSC's new annual contracts scheme', which they believed lacks transparency and does not adequately compensate senior players.
Nearly 38 players, including Captain Kusal Janith Perera signed a statement refusing to sign the tour contract, on the grounds that there were problems with the transparency of the ratings system devised by SLC.
"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 said.
The 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.
A decision was reached today, however, that the team will, in fact, tour England, on the condition that the issue pertaining to their annual contracts will be resolved after the completion of the tour.
“The players have suggested a clause seeking for transparency to be given at the end of the tour, which has been proposed to Sri Lanka Cricket, or some form of undertaking that the sheets of assessment will be disclosed to the players once they return, and in the event of an issue, for a model on performance and fitness to be devised,” the lawyer representing Sri Lanka's national cricket team, Nishan Premathiratne said.