Jayasuriya averts crisis in midnight drama at SLC

25 January 2014 04:06 am - 17     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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A crisis that could have destroyed Sri Lanka’s cricket was averted at the last minute thanks to the timely intervention by chief national selector Sanath Jayasuriya while the whole of Sri Lanka was deep in their sleep on late Thursday night, a Sri Lanka team source told “Daily Mirror”.

“The national players refused to sign the “squad terms” for the forthcoming ICC World T20. These squad terms gives the ICC commercial right to use the player images during the tournament. But the players wanted to negotiate their payments as SLC is paid by ICC for getting these image rights. Since last year, SLC has scrapped a 20 percent share of this ICC payment that had been allocated to the players,” said the source.

However, SLC top officials refused to budge from their position at a meeting with players on Thursday afternoon and had asked the national players to sign the squad terms on Thursday itself. SLC officials had threatened that no player who refused to sign the ICC World T20 squad terms would be allowed to join the Bangladesh tour for which the team left Colombo in the early hours of yesterday. SLC had decided to take the stern step of even sending a second string team if the national players refused to sign.

Jayasuriya confirmed that he was involved in the negotiations and added that players agreed to sign the “Squad terms” but refused to elaborate further.
“I was at a meeting with the President till 11 o’clock last night. Angelo called me and said that they needed to meet me urgently before they took the final decision on whether to sign the terms or not. He told me that they would come to SLC headquarters at 1 a.m. in order to take a decision and then leave for Bangladesh. So, I went home at 11 and set the alarm and had a little sleep before going to cricket board office a little after one in the morning,” said Jayasuriya.

Jayasuriya said that Mathews and Chandimal who had discussions with SLC Ex-co members including himself earlier in the afternoon agreed to sign the “squad terms” in the night, but had apparently changed their mind later.

He said that his discussions were successful, but did not wish to announce what was discussed.

Sources however said that the entire national team discussed the issue for nearly two hours with Jayasuriya who had somehow influenced the players to sign the “squad terms” finally.

However some senior players still had reservations about it though they signed the terms and had handed over their concerns in a letter to the Jayasuriya, sources added.

Though “squad terms” are a pre-requisite for any ICC event, the disputed payments are a part of the players’ annual contract with the SLC. The annual contracts of the players end in February and according to the contracts the players signed last year, they do not have to sign fresh contracts this year as all existing contracts will be renewed automatically, unless there are changes in the contracted category of a player.

“Though players took up this issue before signing squad terms, the payment issue is actually related to the annual contracts. If they didn’t sign the squad terms, their contracts would not be valid as all their payments were specifically stated in their contracts,” said an SLC source.(Channaka de Silva)

  Comments - 17

  • Samantha Saturday, 25 January 2014 07:31 AM

    If they are intending to play like they did in the final Test in Pakistan, it may not have been a bad idea to send to second string team for the WT20 and scrap their lucrative contracts

    Be Fair Sunday, 26 January 2014 02:14 PM

    Thawath Haye parak

    Janaki Kalansuriya Saturday, 25 January 2014 08:56 AM

    I think the public should stop worshiping these gold diggers, as talented as some of them may be. Thanks to politicization, cricketers too have lost their sense of balance and true sportsmanship and are on the path of seeking greater income only.

    M.V.R.Perera Saturday, 25 January 2014 09:28 AM

    The Team did the correct thing in the last test against Pakistan but unfortunately they did not carry out the same policy when fielding for the field was set so that singles could be taken at will

    Suq Madique Saturday, 25 January 2014 09:31 AM

    Master blaster has become midnight blaster?

    Maha R Saturday, 25 January 2014 09:49 AM

    Players must play for the country not for money. Of course, players should get their fair share & perform well to justify what they get. Please white wash Bangladesh in all format to begin with.

    Sonali De Silva Saturday, 25 January 2014 10:24 AM

    Can anyone understand what is happening at SLC? And Jayasuriya has become the savior of SLC for the second time. Why are they "refusing to elaborate"? This will only bring suspicion on SLC and its conduct.

    vazz Saturday, 25 January 2014 10:24 AM

    we should understand the reality now. Politicians say they do politics to do a national duty to develop the country and serve the people in the country. Cricketers say they do play for the country to make the country proud. but reality is both parties are doing their duties to earn money to the maximum level. both cricketers and politicians are in the same boat these days

    Dammika Saturday, 25 January 2014 12:26 PM

    Don't talk nonsense ... All matches all top order players cannot score 100's or 50's ... OR all bowlers cannot get all wickets ... Its team game ... players deserve their perks ... now SLC is discriminating players for the SLC blunders ... this is unfair. They entertain millions of Sri Lankan's who love cricket and they never talk or jealous of the money they receive or get paid and they just enjoy the games whether we win or lose .... except some ?????

    puppet pRABU Saturday, 25 January 2014 01:01 PM

    as a matter of fact it is shoestrings that the cricketers deserve for playing negative cricket,,well said sana boy..

    an s !!!kith udugama Saturday, 25 January 2014 01:08 PM

    They should do it based on "manape" lol

    buddhika Saturday, 25 January 2014 01:21 PM

    Every body talk about the salary of the players and reduce it. bringing new rules to reduce their salary. but no one talk or no any journalist written a letter about sri lanka cricket employees salary and their bonuses, allowances etc. How much they taking home without doing nothing.

    Don Quixote Sunday, 26 January 2014 10:50 PM

    These are situations created by Jayasuriya and other catchers running SLC.

    Having said that it is time for Mahela and Sanga to retire take their money and live in peace. They are ruining the mentality of the young players and also not allowing the new captain to do a proper job.

    Perumal Saturday, 25 January 2014 05:41 AM

    SLC is like another "Pradeshiya Sabha".

    tishan Saturday, 25 January 2014 02:09 PM

    Very soon a player or two will disappear just like media peapol did and the rest of the team will be easy to handle.

    AJJA Saturday, 25 January 2014 06:15 AM

    They don't perform and don't deserve perks.

    DHA Saturday, 25 January 2014 06:28 AM

    I guess its time SLC stopped playing chess with the players......


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