SL cricketers drop pay demand, pave way to play against B'desh in upcoming series

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 04, 2013 10:10 hrs

Sri Lanka's national cricketers have dropped a controversial pay demand, clearing the way for them to play against Bangladesh in a forthcoming series.

Chief Selector Sanath Jayasuriya said he held talks with the rebellious players who agreed to the conditions offered by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and would be available for selection for the first Test starting March 8.

Jayasuriya met the players after a Saturday deadline passed with Sri Lanka's 23 international players failing to enter into employment agreements with SLC - the sport's governing body on the island, reports the Daily Times.

The Bangladesh series includes two Test matches. Players had originally insisted they needed a 25 percent share of all payments made by the International Cricket Council for tournaments, as well as a business-class ticket for a spouse to travel on tour.

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said he had instructed Sri Lanka Cricket to drop any player who refused to sign their new contracts.

He said senior players received four million rupees a month, or about 400 times the salary a graduate earns when entering government employment. (ANI)

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