Despite dismal performance, SLC ups cricketers’ salaries!

Sri Lanka Cricket had taken a decision to increase the wages of cricketers by 34% for the financial year 2018-2019.

SLC had taken this decision based on the strong results achieved during the concluded financial year.

However, according to critics, cricket administrators’ salaries are increased only when their players display improvement.

According to world rankings, Sri Lanka is in 9th position in the Twenty-20 rankings. Two years earlier, Sri Lanka was in the top position, and this is the first time that the team has gone down to 9th position in he rankings.

According to the One Day (ODI) rankings, Sri Lanka is in 8th position and in the Test rankings, Sri Lanka is in 6th.

Expressing his views in this regard, SLC Chairman Thilanga Sumathipala said, “Since, Sri Lanka Cricket has made good financial gains during the concluded financial year, we thought it is appropriate to give a pay raise for the players, as they are making a major contribution towards the growth of Sri Lanka Cricket.”

In addition to the pay hike for the 33 contracted players, the ODI and Twenty-20 allowances would also be increased. The contracts were offered under categories of A, B, C, D & Premier.

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

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 was given contracts under category ‘D’.

In the meantime, 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.