SLC contracts issue – Sri Lanka players agree contracts for India series

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Several senior players who are not part of the white-ball set-up are now without deals after SLC withdrew offer of annual contracts

Sri Lanka’s men’s limited-overs cricketers have signed tour contracts that cover the forthcoming series against India. But Sri Lanka Cricket’s decision to withdraw its offer of annual contracts had caused substantial dismay among players.
Angelo Mathews, who was offered a tour contract for the India series, is the only member of a group of 30 who declined to sign. Although an SLC release said Mathews had asked to be relieved from national duties owing to “personal reasons”, Mathews’ disillusionment with the contract offer and the general situation within Sri Lanka Cricket is understood to have informed his decision.

SLC CEO Ashley de Silva confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that the board would only offer a succession of tour contracts until the end of the year, because “the players had enough time to sign the central (annual) contracts but they didn’t”. Essentially, this is the board’s way of penalising players for making demands over their central contracts.

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