SLC announce pay hike for National players

Published : 8:38 am  May 23, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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AFP – Sri Lanka’s Cricket Board yesterday increased wages for National players by more than a third after making record profits in 2017.

A total of 33 players under contract to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will also see match fees increase substantially despite dismal results on the field last year.

“Sri Lanka Cricket raised the wages of National players by 34 percent for the period of 2018/19, following strong results achieved during the concluded financial year,” it said in a statement.
It did not give a breakdown of individual salaries, but they are known to be among the highest paid individuals in Sri Lanka.

The contracts were offered under categories of ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ and Premier.

Accordingly, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal and Dimuth Karunaratne were offered contracts under category ‘A,’ whilst Upul Tharanga and Dilruwan Perera were given contracts under category ‘B’.

In addition, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Dananjaya de Silva, Kusal Janith and Thisara Perera were contracted under category ‘C’.

Akila Danajaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Asela Gunaratne, Danushka Gunatilleka and Nuwan Pradeep were given contracts under category ‘D’.

Meanwhile, players who were contracted under the ‘Premier’ category were Sadeera Samarawickrema, Roshen Silva, Lahiru Thirimanna, Lahiru Gamage, Vishwa Fernando, Lakshan Sadakan, Jeffery Vandersay, Dasun Shanaka, Kaushal Silva, Shehan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Malintha Pushpakumara, Amila Aponso, Wanidu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana and Dilshan Munaweera.

Last week, SLC announced a record annual profit of Rs. 2.12 billion (US $14 million) for 2017, 33 times what it made the year before.

Revenues of Rs. 6 billion were roughly double the 2016 figures.

Official sources attributed the sharp profit rise to a packed 2017 calendar which featured home series against Bangladesh, India and Zimbabwe.

Broadcasting earnings from an India tour were thought to be a major contributor.

The cash bonanza was the only good news from a woeful spell for Sri Lanka cricket, with the islanders enduring their worst year on the pitch since winning the World Cup in 1996.

They suffered a series defeat against India, lost a home one-day series to bottom ranked Zimbabwe and crashed out of the Champions Trophy early.