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Sri Lanka Cricketers Agree To Tour England Despite Contract Tussle

Mumbai: Amid the tussle between Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the national players, cricketers have agreed to go on a tour of England without a contract. This comes after the governing body promised the players that they would make their assessment points public when they return to Sri Lanka after the England tour.

The cricketers were protesting the contracts, which they felt lacked transparency and not adequately compensated senior players.

“The players had requested this transparency from the beginning,” ESPNcricinfo quoted players’ lawyer Nishan Premathiratne as saying. “They will play this tour without signing any contract. They have signed a voluntary declaration, but nothing about the player’s remuneration. They are always committed to playing for Sri Lanka,” he said.

According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, performance and fitness are the two key parameters that make up 70 per cent of a player’s total points as per the new proposed scheme. and 10 per cent each for leadership, professionalism, and future potential/adaptability.

Earlier, thirty-eight Sri Lankan cricketers had signed a statement refusing to sign tour contracts and this is an increase of 24 players who had previously opposed the new plan.

Sri Lanka will leave for England on Tuesday evening and will lock horns in three T20Is and three ODIs, beginning June 23.

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