SLC contract conflict: Muralitharan slams four senior cricketers | Cricket News

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan has slammed four senior national team players over the central contracts dispute.
Many players, including seniors such as former captains Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera, are involved in a long-standing dispute with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) over center contracts.
Several Sri Lankan cricketers had refused to sign a contract with the board over a salary dispute after agreeing to play against England on a tour contract.
Sri Lankan players reportedly did not sign the contracts over transparency concerns, but Muralitharan said this was mainly because senior cricketers were paid less under the new performance-based system.
“This year we think they don’t need a central contract, we can go with touring contracts,” Murali told Hiru TV.
Cricketers have signed tour contracts ahead of the Indian series which kicks off on July 18.
Muralitharan, 49, the biggest wicket taker in test cricket with 800 scalps, said senior cricketers had not allowed other young players to sign the contracts because of their pay cut.
Now that the players didn’t take it when it was offered by the board, Muralitharan has said they won’t get any central contracts.
Several senior players who are not part of the White Ball setup are now without a deal after Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) withdrew the offer of annual contracts.
Some players later agreed to sign the central contracts after the details of the transparency were revealed, but SLC only offered them touring contracts.
Thanks to SLC’s new move, cricketers will no longer be paid on a monthly basis, making test players the most affected as they don’t have tours scheduled until November.

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