Former Sri Lanka captain and legendary batsman Aravinda de Silva called on national team cricketers to “start winning games rather than complaining” as he defended the players’ annual contracts offered by the committee under his direction.
De Silva said players’ rejection of core contracts was “unfair” as the board is offering more to win playoffs against top opponents.
“It is very unfair that our players say they do not agree with this pattern. The most important fact is that they should put themselves in the middle and play cricket in a positive way and start winning games for the country rather than complaining.
“This positive approach will encourage us to consider offering them more advantages, like some of the other countries in our region,” said de Silva, as quoted by ‘Daily News‘.
Last week Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said 24 of the top players were offered contracts in four categories and had until June 3 to sign on dotted lines.
Only six players are in category A and their annual salary is between 70,000 and 100,000 USD. Drummer Dhananjaya de Silva shoots the most: 100,000 USD, with the rest to receive 70,000 to 80,000 USD.
Sri Lanka’s top cricketers led by Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne along with many senior players including Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews have refused to sign core contracts which they say are far inferior to others. country.
De Silva said the cricket committee he heads has been very fair to the players as the new system will provide additional benefits than before as it is a performance based system.
“We discussed this issue in depth before presenting it to the players. Unlike in the past, we have tripled the profits (300%) from what they were, but only on the performance of the team.
“It must be a collective effort of the whole team. If they win a series of tests, we pay them $ 150,000, which was previously capped at $ 50,000, ”said the 55-year-old who scored 6,361 runs out of 93 tests between 1984 and 2002.
Explaining further, the elegant former drummer said, “Winning a limited run, we offered them $ 75,000, which was previously limited to $ 25,000.
“We also introduced a panel for the T20 format, which can also go up to a maximum of $ 50,000, which previously had no reward.”