Sri Lankan cricket is undergoing a terrible phase, whether it is on the field or off the field. While the Sri Lankan team is hammered by England in the white ball series in England; at home, the contract dispute is just not dead at all, with the fresh news of five Sri Lankan players including Lasith Embuldeniya and Lahiru Kumara refusing to sign for India series.
The five players do not want to sign on the dotted line for the upcoming white ball series at home against India, which includes 3 one-dayers and 3 t20is, all of which will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo with the first one-dayer. from 13 July.
It was also reported that the five players – Lasith Embuldeniya, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Ashen Bandara and Kasun Rajitha were left out of the residential camps and did not join the bio-bubble in the Indian series Dambulla and Colombo.
If they sign a tour agreement, selectors will consider them: SLC CEO
Ashc de Silva, chief executive of SLC, said that until the time when the national contract problem was not resolved, the players would be asked to sign a tour contract for the Indian series and confirm whether they would be available for the six matches with limited overs. However, the said five players were reluctant to sign the contract and were left out.
‘Before the national contract problem was solved, they were asked to sign the tour contract if they would be available for the Indian series so that they could end up in a bubble while we invest in it. But they were reluctant to sign the tour contract and so they were left outside the camps. “They did not join the bubble in Dambulla or Colombo.” says Ashley de Silva, CEO of SLC.
De Silva decided by saying that if these players sign the contract before they start for the Indian series, they will be considered for selection.
‘This tour offered a tour contract. This is when you participate, they will also be considered for national selection for the Indian tour. For the Indian tour, you need to have a contract that they have not signed as they are part of the 24 players offered national contracts. If they sign the tour agreement before the start of the training for the Indian tour, the selectors will consider it, ” concluded De Silva.
Sri Lanka players on the English tour also signed similar contracts because there was a problem with the payment levels in the new national contracts offered and that quite a few annual containers had to be deducted from many senior players.