Unpaid Lankan stars continue to shine at tri-series
Melbourne: Sri Lankan cricketers, who have punched much above their weight by reaching the finals of the ongoing ODI tri-series by ousting India, will not get a single penny for these matches even after the release of their outstanding payments dating back to last year`s World Cup.
Sri Lanka`s cricketers are set to get more than more than USD five million in outstanding payments but that won`t cover the money they ought have made for the ongoing tri-series also featuring Australia.
The general secretary of the Sri Lanka Cricketers` Association, Ken de Alwis, told a leading Australian daily that payments are set to transferred to players` accounts by Monday.
"We are concerned the full contractual terms have not been met by the cricket board, which we are not happy with. Under the circumstances, being paid up till January 31 is good enough for now," De Alwis said.
Meanwhile, Australian Cricketers Association is fighting a battle of its own with Cricket Australia to ensure good contracts for the players.
"We think it`s a model that has been set up for players to go backwards. Let`s just say the benchmark they`ve set is considerably higher than our historical record in all three forms," ACA chief Paul Marsh said.