The Sundaytimes Sri Lanka

Player contracts still a subject of debate


Now Dilshan wants to quit Test cricket.

Although the Minister of Sports expressed his dissatisfaction over the delay by Sri Lanka Cricket authorities in getting national cricketers to sign their central contracts, SLC has still not been able to do so.Initially it was said that the cricketers would sign their contracts after the five ODIs, but now it seems that the authorities have hit a new song.

When asked about the delay, a SLC high ranker said, “In all probability the cricketers will sign their contracts after the series against Pakistan. As they have already signed the tour contract and the cricketers are bound by us, we cannot sign another contract over it.”
However it is interesting to see if former skipper T.M. Dilshan, who has gone on record saying that he intends to retire from Test cricket probably after Sri Lanka’s Test against New Zealand in November, would also be placed on a partial contract like Lasith Malinga.
Though the cricketers are placed on a certain pedestal they would be paid only a certain percentage of their contract fee if they retire from a certain segment of the game. For instance, Lasith Malinga (if he signs this year’s contract) would be paid only 40% of his contact fee as he has retired from Test cricket.

It is understood that Dilshan has already had a verbal discussion with the selectors about his impending retirement. An SLC spokesman said, “Anyway cricketers have to give three months notice if they are to change their status in the contract, but so far Dilshan has not intimated anything officially to Sri Lanka Cricket.

“The last central contract expired in March and from that point onwards the Cricketers Association and the senior players are in negotiation,” the spokesman said in conclusion.

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