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National Cricketers call for transparency

While reiterating the lack of transparency is the underlying cause for the dispute, Sri Lanka National Cricket players have urged for transparency in respect of the players’ contracts.

Attorney-at-Law Nishan Sydney Premathiratne, the official representative appointed by members of the Sri Lanka Cricket team had issued a press release in this regard.

Premathiratne had issued this press release on behalf of following cricketers: Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, KusaI Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Embuldeniya, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Isuru Udana, Oshada Fernando, Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Danushka Gunathillaka, Ashen Bandara and Akila Dhananjaya.

The press release stated that for a period of one month, the players have been continuously requesting for transparency, but such has not been provided by authorities.

Presently, the players have been graded and categorized and such has been publicized. However, the most pertinent matter, which is yet to be disclosed to the players, if the issue of points awarded for each player in respect of performance, for fitness, and for the other categories which have been identified in this new Performance Based Model.

These categories of assessment which have been introduced to this performance-based model require independent marks to be allotted in respect of each category for each player, the statement added. The cricketers are of the view that a non-transparent system can be manipulated by any party, such could also lead to favouration and personal preferences.

Therefore, players find the contracts to be unfair, unreasonable and arbitrary and thus they urge transparency.

In the event, even after the lapse of a month, if these points are disclosed to players and such have been awarded within accepted, reasonable parameters which is satisfactory to any reasonable observer (in consideration of performances during the specified period),the players have no reason to object to the contracts, the statement further added.

The statement further said that the players would refuse to sign unfair contracts without transparency.

Sri Lankan cricketers had earlier vehemently condemned the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) management Committee’s decision to publicly reveal the specific payment details of contract fees paid to specific players.