SL name strong Test squad

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Following the end of the impasse between Sri Lanka Cricket and the top players of the team, a 16-man squad was announced for the first Test against Bangladesh beginning in Galle this Friday.

The players, following a discussion with chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya yesterday, had backed down and signed the disputed contracts qualifying themselves for selection for Bangladesh’s tour.

Former captain Mahela Jayawardene has been ruled out due to injury, while Thilan Samaraweera has been left out. Kithruwan Vithanage, who scored an unbeaten 168 in the warm-up game against the visiting team in Matara, has earned a place in the squad.

Squad:
Angelo Mathews (Capt), Dinesh Chandimal (V.Capt & W/C), T.M Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanna, Shaminda Eranga, Kusal Janith, Jeewan Mendis, Kithruwan Vithanage, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chanaka Welagedara, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath, P.H.T Kaushal.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement Sri Lanka Cricket announced that the signing of the Annual Contracts offered to the National Team has been finalized. These contracts were given to 23 National Players who were categorized in to 4 groups.

Category 1
  1. Angelo Mathews
  2. T.M.Dilshan
  3. Mahela Jayawardana
  4. Kumar Sangakkara
  5. Lasith Malinga
  6. Nuwan Kulasekera
  7. Rangana Herath
Category 2
  1.  
  2. Dinesh Chandimal
  3. Ajantha Mendis
Category 3
  1. Lahiru Thirimanne
  2. Thisara Perera
Category 4
  1. Shaminda Eranga
  2. Chanaka Welagedera
  3. Dimuth Karunarathne
  4. Jeewan Mendis
  5. Suraj Randiv
  6. Kusal Janith Perera
  7. Sachitra Senanayaka
  8. Upul Tharanga
  9. Suranga Lakmal
  10. Nuwan Pradeep
Special Category 
  1. Prasanna Jayawardana
  2. Thilan Samaraweera

The statement issued by the SLC:

Initially the original contracts were handed over to the players by officials of SLC last week explaining the changes in the new agreement to each category of players. Upon a request by the players a meeting was organized with the presence of the office bearers of the executive committee of Sri Lanka Cricket to further explain the rationale of components of the contract presented for signing. At the said meeting, which was held late on the 2nd of March, Sri Lanka Cricket very clearly stated their intention was not to deviate from the context of the original contract.

The Newly appointed National Captain Angelo Mathews, on behalf of the National Team Players requested a meeting on the following day with the Chairman of Selectors Mr. Sanath Jayasuriya. Upon request from Mr. Jayasuriya  SLC duly agreed to grant approval for the meeting and it was held at SLC premises with the patronage of the Team Manager Michael De Zoysa.

 At this meeting the players requested for the reinstatement of the guarantee fee component which was taken off by SLC this year. (The guarantee fee is a payment made by the ICC to member nations for participation in the ICC events. Earlier players were allocated of 25% of the fee paid to SLC. The players requested the fee to be paid to them where they would reallocate the funds received via the guarantee fee towards Cricket development activities in the country. However, SLC rejected the proposal put forward by the players as it was felt Cricket Development activities purview should be vested with the governing body rather than with the players in concern

The amounts allocated to the 23 National Players from the current contracts amounts to 67% of the 2013 revenue generated by Sri Lanka Cricket. If SLC agreed to grant the players request to include the guarantee fee component to the contract value SLC will have to bear 81% of its annual revenue towards the 23 Cricketers, leaving no provision for a successful all round year. SLC’s stance towards this matter was maintained taking in to account all Cricketing interests pertaining to Sri Lanka.

On the 4th of March all Cricketers who were offered contracts (with the exception of Mahela Jayawardena who is currently overseas) signed the same showing the players solidarity towards Sri Lanka Cricket.

Sri Lanka Cricket wish to thank Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage - Minister of Sports for his confidence shown towards Sri Lanka Cricket, Chairman of Selectors Mr. Sanath Jayasuriya for his effort and time to solve this matter and the new Manager Mr. Micheal De Zoysa for the services rendered in player communications. A special mention of gratitude should also given to the players for the level of understanding shown in this matter. Notable appreciation also goes out to the Sri Lankan media circle for the responsible manner in which this sensitive matter was handled.

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  • BF Monday, 04 March 2013 01:11 PM

    Well done Sanath. You had proved to eveyone. Good start my friend !

    Farook Monday, 04 March 2013 01:09 PM

    Thank God that sanity has prevailed!

    aqh Monday, 04 March 2013 01:16 PM

    i think it is good side with young and experience players, and thank sanath for his successful effort.

    Cobra Monday, 04 March 2013 01:21 PM

    How strong against a rejuvenated and resilient Bangladeshi squad is left to be seen!

    saranga Monday, 04 March 2013 04:21 PM

    well planned scenario buy the big bosses of Sl cricket
    ,now focus on cricket..please..
    Perform well guys,now they have paid all ur dues,,
    Minister and sanath are good planners
    .wow.
    need these kind of plans for cricket as well.to get a good name..

    Master Blaster Monday, 04 March 2013 04:34 PM

    Sana does it again...

    miyuni Monday, 04 March 2013 12:00 AM

    that's the 'strong squad '? anyway good luck guys via DM Android App

    RF Monday, 04 March 2013 01:30 PM

    Sana boy seems to be doing a great job..... Good luck to the team....

    I.O.Sull-Lee Tuesday, 05 March 2013 08:42 AM

    iffy statement there mate bangla struggled against a very inexperienced SL emerging team as well.

    aaron Monday, 04 March 2013 12:00 AM

    chandimal wicket keeper? god save sl cricket via DM Android App

    amja077 Tuesday, 05 March 2013 12:00 AM

    good move sana ! the squad looks perfect via DM Android App

    echo Monday, 04 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Why is Upul Tharanga in Cat.4? via DM Android App


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