Contract dispute rocks Sri Lanka team

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While all eyes are focused upon the upcoming Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) elections, a major contract crisis is threatening to destroy the Sri Lanka cricket team ahead of the home series against Bangladesh that will start tomorrow with a three-day warm-up game at Matara..

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UppercuT's picture
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was eventually gonna come to this! Wasn't it? With both camps exchanging fire last few months?

Daniel Alexander's picture
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Yes, forcing the players to sign contracts are unfair with unacceptable conditions. throwing player missiles at BCCI?

Sakthivel's picture
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Reading this, it looks players are underpaid !!

Guys can you tell me how is Advertisement industry in SL using Cricket players. Are they paying them good or ok kind.

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SLC might be incompetent but that does not mean we should rush to support all player demands. SLC shouts traitors, players shouts corrupt and sri lankan cricket gets ...........

my views on the four issues
1. Scrapping of 25 per cent guarantee fee to players from ICC events - shd be given to players.
2. Deduction of salary for players taking part in IPL - agree with SLC on this. Sri lankan cricket is bearing an opportunity cost here which is not fully compensated by the IPL fees.
3. Scrapping of one business class air ticket per year for wives - petty issue, align with standard practice in other countries.
4. Reducing number of contract categories - what is the rationale. the article doesnt say why SLC wants it and why players dont want it. honestly looking at the last few years breakdowns, i think it can be easily merged into 4 layers. like it if it means the gap between the highest and lowest categories in terms of earnings are reduced.

Confused's picture

I hope the country gets behind the players on this one. We need to remember that it is not the players who have made SLC bankrupt. It is the politicized administration that created this mess.

The depths that Nishantha Ranatunga has sunk to is astonishing. He is the leader of this politicized admin that was responsible for the financial mess, and he is now trying to shamelessly pin the blame on the players for it.

The environment for this of course has been created by Rex and Arjuna, who have blamed all ills on player agents and senior players. And of course the IPL, which is a four-letter word to many now. Fans have glibly followed this line which has resulted in plenty of public opinion now going against these "greedy players", evil agents and the IPL.

The reality of this glibness though is that all they have done is empowered proven rogues and thumbed their nose at the people that have taken us to four WC finals in the past 7 years.

NO MATTER HOW HIGH A GROUND NISHANTHA SPEAKS FROM, NOR HOW OUTRAGED HE PROFESSES TO BE ON THE EXCESSES DEMANDED BY PLAYERS, IT IS NOT THE 25% GUARANTEE MONEY FROM ICC EVENTS TO PLAYERS AND THE ONE BUSINESS CLASS TICKET PER YEAR FOR EACH PLAYER SPOUSE THAT HAS SENT SLC BANKRUPT; IT IS THE BUILDING OF NEW STADIUMS IN HAMBANTOTA AND PALLEKELLE THAT HAS. And I think it would be safe to suggest that it was not evil player agents and greedy players who received commissions and guarantee payments for building these white elephant stadia.

The reality is that Rex and Arjuna have succeeded in getting cricket fans to focus on the relatively trivial, taking their eye off where the real problems lie. They have worked on plenty of emotion, but little fact, which of course is all you need to sway our people if our voting history is anything to go by. I mean, how much time has Rex devoted to the work of Nishantha and what has Arjuna said about his brother in a meaningful manner? Arjuna’s criticisms are usually against “SLC” as a whole, but he rarely mentions Nishantha by name. What exposés has Rex done on Nishantha? Why the silence? How come Rex didn’t explode with outrage when Nishantha as SLC Secretary, also took up the appointment as CEO of CSN TV, which went on to grab the cricket coverage from Rupavahini? How blatantly conflicting and corrupt was this? How much money did SLC lose as a result? Does anyone know the truth behind all of this?

Having checked on Google, Rex was a journo in 2003 when Thilanga got caught up in those unsavoury events. As Saachi said elsewhere, TS would be in jail in another country, but in SL he has received the blessing of the nation’s Pres to contest the SLC elections. So given Rex’s outrage against agents, it will be interesting to see his reporting on a matter that pales everything else in to insignificance, including evil agents.

As for the player action in not signing their contracts for which the deadline has since passed, I was elated to read this news which meant they were not going to cow down to the threats of these rogues. I really thought that the players were caught by the short and curlies on this one. But they obviously understand the importance of “united we stand” more than most people and their response as one body would have put Nishantha and SLC on the back foot. Nishantha said earlier that anyone who does not sign will not be selected and I’m sure he had only individuals in mind. But when all 60 have not signed that is quite another matter and something that I doubt Nishantha saw coming. At this rate they will have to bring Rava back from Kiwiland to play for SL!

On a serious note, Nishantha and SL are never going to win a battle against the players. Or they may win the battle but they’ll lose the war. The ICC will always back our players over our disrespected admin, and with the increased politicization and autocracy of SLC, this will blow up in the faces of SLC.

Big fish bullies in little ponds will soon realize that they are mere fish bait in the wide open seas.

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Agree with Theekshana, just because SLC is corrupt one shouldnt just bark at them always.SLC do have a valid case here, other than the guarantee fee which the players deserve 25%, the other three issues are ones where I side with the SLC.

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I have always felt that this is the main reason the sports minister wanted split-captaincy. There are some who felt that once youngsters took over captaincy, and leadership was split, the captain's control over player-affairs would be rendered weak.

The players are not responsible for the financial mess SLC is in, and it's not hard to name the 4-5 individuals directly responsible for this mess. Those individuals are now pretending to care about SLC by talking of player-agents, the players' association etc.

I've said this before, while agents may not be saints, they and the SLCA (players' association) protect the rights and best interests of the players, while current SLC officials protect the best interests of politicians who placed them there.

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Wrote the following last October,

"When this Upali Dharmadasa–led executive committee took over from the previous government–appointed interim–committee in January, the board’s debt is said to have been at a little over nine billion rupees. Dharmadasa said at the time that it "will be a struggle for about five years." But nine months into his one–year term, the president of SLC and his administration have shown that they are incapable of creating new avenues to generate revenue. His administration has instead suggested slashing jobs at the board, reducing the wages of players who are already some of the lowest paid amongst the top teams and taking away the players’ earnings from image rights paid to them by the ICC. While cricket boards in India, Australia and England rake in vast sums of money through lucrative sponsorship deals, events, the sale of memorabilia and merchandise and advertising on their websites, SLC continues to rack up its debt and appear to be content with a handful of traditional revenue streams. Instead of forward–thinking, well–qualified business professionals in charge, the board has been plagued with our politicians' lackeys. If the last SLC election is anything to go by, this current administration will continue on for several more years; one can only hope that the damage is not irreversible."

http://www.islandcricket.lk/opinion/edit...

Confused's picture

Wow, is it that difficult to comprehend!?

The issue here is not which one of the 4 sticking points any of us agree with or disagree with. You can agree with all 4 of SLCs points but that is not the issue.

The issue is that because SLC is bankrupt and in a financial mess, they're finding ways to reduce their expenditure. One such strategy is to breakdown the players abilities and strengths to argue the best deal for themselves, and to water down their income.

As we all know, SLC is bankrupt because of their own corruption and inefficiency. The issue therefore is that it is highly disingenuous for SLC 1) to be blaming someone else for a problem of their own making and 2) to financially penalize this someone else on account of a financial crisis that SLC alone created.

Had we not built these stadiums or perhaps had we not hosted the WC, we would not even be having this discussion.

PS/ My apologies for the length of my previous post.

Confused's picture

Thanks Hilal, totally agree.

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