Sri Lankan Players Reject To Sign Contracts After Introduction Of New Points-Based Grading System

Sri Lanka cricketers have threatened their board they will retire prematurely after the introduction of a new points-based grading system which in turn will decide their annual paychecks. The players have demanded more transparency from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as to how they are being graded as the new system will significantly impact their earnings. As per the new system, players will now be categorized into four different groups based on points that give priority to levels of fitness, discipline, performance in international and domestic cricket during the last two years, leadership, and overall value to the team, reports The Sunday Times. Sri

Sri Lankan Players Reject To Sign Contracts After Introduction Of New Points-Based Grading System

Sri Lanka cricketers have threatened their board they will retire prematurely after the introduction of a new points-based grading system which in turn will decide their annual paychecks. The players have demanded more transparency from Cricket (SLC) as to how they are being graded as the new system will significantly impact their earnings.

As per the new system, players will now be categorized into four different groups based on points that give priority to levels of fitness, discipline, performance in international and domestic cricket during the last two years, leadership, and overall value to the team, reports The Sunday Times.

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Sri Lanka Cricketers Want The Board To Reveal How The Points Are Allocated In The New Grading System

Players want the board to reveal how the points are being allotted so as to understand the thought process and identify areas that they need to improve upon.

“Each individual player very correctly believes they are entitled to a disclosure on the points allotted which categorized their ranking,” Nishan Sydney Premathiratne, the player representative in the SLC contract negotiations, told The Sunday Times.

“Transparency would also create unity and harmony. All players are in unison seeking this information. Transparency is paramount so that the players also know how they were assessed and what weaknesses they need to address,” he added.

Ashley de Silva © Provided by Daily News (via HT Media Ltd.)
Ashley de Silva © Provided by Daily News (via HT Media Ltd.)

However, Ashley de Silva, part of the Sri Lanka Cricket Management Committee appointed by the Minister of Sports, said the contracts have been finalized after making amendments that the players asked for.

“The contracts have been finalized,” De Silva told Daily FT. “The players have appointed a lawyer and they wanted certain amendments to be done in the agreement which our lawyers have done. Now we are in the process of sharing it with the senior players. So far nobody has said that they are not going to sign it.”

“The current team to Bangladesh has gone on a tour agreement and they have been given the new agreement to go through and if anybody wanted to sign it they could. I haven’t got the feedback from the manager because they took off yesterday morning,” he added.

While the annual retainership has been reduced, a new performance-based bonus system has been introduced by SLC. A series victory over the top-ranked Test team will result in a bonus of USD 1,50,000. Similarly beating the top-ranked ODI team in a series will give them a bonus of USD 75,000 and for T20I, USD 50,000.

Sri Lanka’s Leading Cricketers Reject To Sign Contracts

Leading Sri Lankan players have rejected to sign contracts offered by SLC after they have been forced to take massive pay cuts. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) recently offered new contracts to its players, which will see them get a 35% pay cut.

The SLC is all set to restructure the contract offered to the players. All categories of cricket will now have further sub-categories with different base fee prices for the players. Each category will now be divided into three tiers, which will see the reduced salary of the players accordingly.

Kusal Perera
Kusal Perera. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Leading Sri Lanka cricket team players like Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, and Dinesh Chandimal along with Test skipper Dimuth Karunaratne have rejected to sign contracts offered by SLC after they have been forced to take massive pay cuts. The new contracts have been most profitable for wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella and Dhananjaya de Silva.

Recently, SLC announced an 18-member squad for the upcoming Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2021 ODI series. Kusal Perera has been named the Sri Lanka new ODI captain as he replaces Dimuth Karunaratne who has been dropped from the side after he recently led the Lankans to a loss in the three-match ODI series in West Indies.

Kusal Mendis has been appointed as Kusal Perera’s deputy in the ODI format. The changes have been made keeping in mind the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

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IPL 2022 Should See 5 Foreigners In Playing XI If 10 Teams Participate – Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar, former Indian cricketer-turned-commentator has given his views regarding the number of overseas players in an IPL team while speaking to ESPNcricinfo. Sanjay Manjrekar has said that IPL GC should allow five foreign players in playing XI if the league expands to 10 franchises in 2022. He said that there will be enough room for Indian players to flourish with the increase in teams as 60 Indian players could take the field in IPL 2022. Sanjay Manjrekar: If IPL 2022 Is Going With 10 Teams Then 5 Overseas Players Should Be Included In Playing XI With the IPL expanding,

IPL 2022 Should See 5 Foreigners In Playing XI If 10 Teams Participate – Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar, former Indian cricketer-turned-commentator has given his views regarding the number of overseas players in an IPL team while speaking to ESPNcricinfo. Sanjay Manjrekar has said that IPL GC should allow five foreign players in playing XI if the league expands to 10 franchises in 2022.

He said that there will be enough room for Indian players to flourish with the increase in teams as 60 Indian players could take the field in IPL 2022.

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Sanjay Manjrekar: If IPL 2022 Is Going With 10 Teams Then 5 Overseas Players Should Be Included In Playing XI

With the IPL expanding, there may be a change in rules for foreign players in the team. Currently, only four overseas players are allowed in the playing XI with some teams often benching some quality players due to the rule. The Indian Premier League is likely to add 2 more teams for season 15 that takes place next year.

“If IPL is going with 10 teams then you got to have five foreign players per side. Despite that, you will have 10 Indian players playing in the XI. They are a lot of Indian players,” he said.

Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje (Image Credit: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra had also proposed a radical suggestion for future editions of the IPL. The cricketer-turned-commentator felt the overseas player cap in the playing eleven should be increased to five from IPL 2022 onwards.

IPL 2022 is set to be a ten-team affair, with two new franchises added to the group. The change will see the league revert to a ten-franchise competition for the first time since 2011, having been an eight-team event since 2014. IPL 2021 saw proven international stars like Anrich Nortje, Mitchell Santner, and Lockie Ferguson warm the bench. A ten-team IPL with the five-overseas-player rule will make the league more attractive to foreigners.

Sanjay Manjrekar: It’s A Shame To See Some Quality Foreign Players Benched Because Franchises Can’t Play More Than 4 In Playing XI

IPL is one of the most famous and fiercely competitive leagues in the world and has an array of premium talent available at its disposal.

“When there was no IPL, T20, or 50-over cricket, only 13-14 players in the 70s or 80s played at the highest level and that’s where you got the cream of Indian players playing,” Sanjay Manjrekar added.

“You already have plenty of Indian players and it is a shame to see some quality foreign players sitting out only because they can’t play more than four. So even if we go five foreign players, plenty of Indian players will get the opportunity,” he further said.

“I don’t think it will a pressure that organisers feel that this is an Indian Premier League and got to have more and more Indian players and less foreign players. 60 is plenty,” Sanjay Manjrekar signed off.

Before IPL 2021 was suspended indefinitely due to a rise in Covid-19 cases in India, overseas players like Imran Tahir (1 game), Lungi Ngidi (3 games), Mitchell Santner, and Jason Behrendorff(no games) didn’t feature in many games as per liking for CSK.

For table toppers, Delhi Capitals, Sam Billings, and Anrich Nortje didn’t play while Tom Curran (2 games), and Chris Woakes (3 games) didn’t play much as desired. For KKR, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Cutting, and Tim Seifert didn’t get a game to play.

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Lockie Ferguson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians player Nathan Counter Nile, James Neesham, Adam Milne, and played in 1 game each. For Punjab Kings, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Moises Henriques, Fabian Allen, Riley Meredith, and Kane Richardson didn’t play all matches. For Rajasthan, Ben Stokes was injured after playing the first game while Andrew Tye didn’t get a game and flew home midway for Covid-19 fears.

For RCB, Finn Allen, Scott Kuggeleijn, and Adam Zampa were some of the players who didn’t feature in a single game. For SRH, Jason Roy, Jason Holder, Mohammed Nabi, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman didn’t feature in more than 2 games each.

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