Former Sri Lankan captain and legendary batsman Aravinda de Silva has asked the national team’s cricketers to “start winning matches instead of complaining” as he defended proposed annual player contracts drawn up by his committee.
De Silva said rejecting players from central contracts was “unfair” as the Board offered more to win series against the top-ranked opposition.
“It’s very unfair that our players say they don’t agree with this scheme. The most important fact is that they need to get in the middle and play positive cricket and start winning games for the country instead of complaining.
“This positive approach will encourage us to consider offering them more advantages, like some of the other countries in our region,” de Silva was quoted as saying by the Daily News.
Last week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said 24 of the leading players had been offered contracts in four categories and were given until June 3rd to sign dotted lines.
Only six players are in category A and their annual salary varies between $ 70,000 and $ 100,000. Batsman Danajaya de Silva attracts the most – 100,000 USD, and the rest should receive 70,000 to 80,000 USD.
Sri Lanka’s leading cricketers, led by test captain Dimut Karunaratne, along with a number of senior players, including Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Matthews they refused to sign the central treaties, which they said were far fewer than in other countries.
De Silva said the Cricket Committee, which he heads, has been very fair to the players, as the new system will bring additional benefits from before, as it is performance-based.
“We discussed this issue in depth before presenting it to the players. Unlike in the past, we tripled the benefits (300%) of what it was, but purely on the team’s performance.
“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 limited to $ 50,000, ”said the 55-year-old, who scored 6,361 runs in 93 tests between 1984 and 2002.
Explaining further, the former stylish batsman said: “Winning a limited series of shots, we offered them $ 75,000, which was previously limited to $ 25,000.
“We also introduced a T20 record, which also reaches a maximum of $ 50,000, which previously had no awards at all.”