Sri Lankan cricketers to be paid on performance basis
Sri Lankan cricketers to be paid on the basis of their performance in international matches in future according to the suggestion from Sri Lankan Sports Minister.
The last five years have been a rough phase for Sri Lankan Cricket. Specifically, it can be said as Sri Lankan Cricket is entirely changed after the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara. Since his retirement, the team is in a transition phase and it continues to be there.
The recent performances of the team in the Test series against South Africa and England suggested that there needs to be some healing done. Especially the back to back defeats in Galle has raised more concerns, regarding the transition phase of the national cricket team.
After the continuous criticisms of Sri Lankan Cricket, Sri Lankan Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa held a special meeting with the officials of Sri Lanka Cricket. The meeting was also attended by the former Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene, who is the chairman of the National Sports Council.
At the end of the meeting, five major decisions were taken on grooming back the game. The main decision taken is, from here on players will be paid their contracts based on their performances only. The decision was proposed and instructed by the Sports Minister himself.
Further, as per the ongoing procedures, a new selection committee with fresh members will be elected soon. Importance has been given to the discipline and fitness of players too. Also, some suggestions were made to develop domestic cricket in the country.
The five major decisions are:
- Appoint a new Cricket selection committee
- Play competitive domestic and provincial cricket tournaments
- Priority will be given to the discipline and fitness of players
- Players contracts will be based on performance
- Director and mentor will be appointed to assist the Coach