Sri Lanka cricketers unable to pay EMIs due to contract dispute: Reports

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Sri Lanka cricket is certainly on downfall and there are multiple reasons behind that but the biggest reason is the politicization of cricket and off-field issues mainly contract standoff between board officials and players.

As per the latest development, players of the national team have written to SLC regarding the same and have asked the national board to pay their old dues and honor the contract.

“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 percent,” the letter to the board read.

A source close to the development has confirmed that junior players have been caught in a standoff between the Sri Lankan cricket board and senior players.

“The lack of annual contracts has severely affected the players. It is difficult for them to pay even the house installment and the insurance for their parents. Some have even stopped their marriages. Junior players find themselves caught in the fight between senior players and the board.

“There is this feeling that their careers will be over without any contract since they are not selected for the ongoing series,” the source said. The report also adds that the players have requested the board to implement the annual contract from January 1, 2021 and the juniors are hoping to get out of the controversy in order to get their salaries.