Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and its players could again be in contention as players were given only 36 hours from Tuesday to sign a controversial national agreement. Players are returning from the UK on Tuesday and will have to sign contracts by the July 8 deadline, SLC sources said. The player who has not signed a team for the limited-overs series against India since July 13 cannot be selected.
There has been a bit of a quarrel between the cricket board and the players over the annual contract. Last month, the players agreed to sign a contract to travel to England. Sri Lanka were defeated in both forms of limited overs on this tour. The trip came down to controversy after three players were sent home for violating a bio-safe environment.
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Meanwhile, selectors have decided to bring back left-arm batsman Bhanuka Rajapakse in the squad. He was fined $ 5,000 for failing to comply with the terms of the agreement and was given a two-year suspension. Prior to the England tour, the players did not meet the June 3 deadline to sign a contract. The players mentioned the lack of transparency in the process.
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Players in other countries will pay up to three times their salaries, players said in May. Sri Lanka Cricket then announced contracts for 24 players in four categories. There were only six players in the ‘A’ category and their annual salary ranged from $ 70,000 to $ 100,000. Batsman Dhananjay De Silva is placed in the highest paid category and the remaining players’ salaries are set at between $ 70,000 and $ 80,000.