- No player has said they are not signing the contracts says Ashley de Silva
SLC Management Committee member Ashley de Silva
Ashley de Silva, a member of the five-member Sri Lanka Cricket Management Committee appointed by the Minister of Sports, said that the player contracts have been finalised with certain amendments which the players had wanted and that they are in the process of sharing it with the players.
“The contracts have been finalised. The players have appointed a lawyer and they wanted certain amendments to be done in the agreement which our lawyers have done. Now we are in the process of sharing it with the senior players. So far nobody has said that they are not going to sign it,” De Silva told Daily FT.
“The current team to Bangladesh has gone on a tour agreement and they have been given the new agreement to go through and if anybody wanted to sign it they could. I haven’t got the feedback from the manager because they took off yesterday morning,” said De Silva.
“The amended contracts were handed over to the players yesterday (Saturday). Either they will sign it in Bangladesh or when they come back. Other players who are in Sri Lanka we would be sharing it on Monday. We will give the players time till the end of the month to sign the new contracts.”
“The categorisation has been done by the selectors and the technical committee which has been appointed and that has been communicated to all the players. Certain players wanted certain clarifications. We have already done it on virtual and the agreements would be shared with all the national players by tomorrow (Monday) because of the lockdown,” De Silva added. Specifying what the clarifications the players wanted, De Silva said: “They wanted some clarifications to be done category wise. When their categories changed they wanted to know how it has happened and how the points are being given to those clarifications.”
“The players have appointed a lawyer. Their lawyer and our lawyer had discussions mainly not to talk about the categorisation and the payments but only to talk about the clauses which were there. Certain things were discussed with our lawyer who is in the Management Committee, if there were amendments to be changed it has been done accordingly and now the final agreement is ready,” explained De Silva.
“It’s a win-win situation, we can’t just give the agreement to them and say ‘look here sign it’. We have negotiated, they have agreed, they have gone through the documents, they will want to go through it again and we will give them time till the end of the month to sign.” (ST)