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Upcoming England tour at stake as 38 Lankan players disagreed to sign the central contract

Before going to Bangladesh, the Sri Lanka players could not decide with the cricket board on the central contract. They have returned to the country after playing a 3-match ODI series against Bangladesh in a kind of uncertainty. This time the players have made it clear to the board that they will not sign the central agreement in compliance with the proposed conditions.

The Sri Lanka cricket team is scheduled to tour England on June 23 (Wednesday) to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20I. But the tour has also fallen into uncertainty due to the ongoing incidents surrounding the central agreement. If everything is not resolved as soon as possible, the tour may be postponed.

Sri Lanka’s new captain Kusal Perera and vice-captain Kusal Mendis along with Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, and other star cricketers have all issued a joint statement. Where 38 cricketers have signed together, it is not possible to sign the central contract according to the conditions given by the board.

However, there is no central contract in Sri Lanka Cricket since last October. The Sri Lankan cricketers are playing all the series and tours based on a temporary contract. Now the Sri Lanka Cricket Board wants to officially announce the central contract. But the cricketers have complained that there is a lack of transparency in the conditions given to them.

The board has made a rating system keeping in mind the performance, fitness, and injury issues of the players in the new contract. Besides, the salaries of almost all the players have been reduced. The top 38 cricketers have issued a joint statement saying there was no transparency in the way the rating system was set up.

However, despite not signing the central contract, the cricketers agreed to play for the country, said their lawyer Nishan Premathiratne. But there are also complications. Because if cricketers tour or play a series without a contract, it will have no legal basis. So, there is uncertainty surrounding the upcoming tour.

38 cricketers refuse to sign contract: Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Embuldeniya, Pathum Nissanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lakshan Sandakan,  Oshada Fernando, Vishwa Fernando,  Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Kumara,  Ashen Bandara, Asitha FernandoAkila Dananjaya, Chamika Karunaratne, , Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Ishan Jayaratne, Charith Asalanka, Dananjaya Laxman, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kamil Mishra, Praveen Jayawickrama, Roshen Silva, Minod Bhanuka.

Uncertainty has been created in Sri Lanka Cricket right now. This is certainly an unexpected situation that has arisen for both the players and board members.

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