Sri Lankan cricketers have reportedly threatened to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board of an early retirement after the board announced a new grading system. Sri Lankan cricket has been going through a revamp over the last 4-5 years and it’s evident looking at their captains in ODI cricket. Sri Lanka have changed as many as nine captains in the format, with Kusal Perera being the latest one to don the leadership hat.
However, recently, the board announced a new grading system and some members of the Sri Lankan cricket team are not quite happy with it. Moreover, they have threatened to retire prematurely from the sport. The new system is going to determine the players’ salaries and thus, the players want transperancy from the board.
‘Transparency would also create unity and harmony’
According to a report, the new system will categorize players into four groups on the basis of their fitness, discipline, performances in international and domestic cricket in the last couple of years. Along with that, leadership skills and overall value to the side will also be considered while categorizing.
Therefore, numerous cricketers want the board to be transparent in the process so that they can get hold of the process smoothly. “Each individual player very correctly believes they are entitled to a disclosure on the points allotted which categorized their ranking,” Nishan Premathiratne, the player representative in the SLC contract negotiations, was quoted as saying by The Sunday Times.
“Transparency would also create unity and harmony. All players are in unison seeking this information. Transparency is paramount so that the players also know how they were assessed and what weaknesses they need to address,” he added.
Sri Lanka ODI squad led by Kusal Perera arrive in Bangladesh
The Sri Lankan national cricket team has landed in Bangladesh for a three-match ODI series. This will be Kusal Perera’s first assignment as a full-time ODI captain. The series gets underway on May 23 and it will consist of three ODIs and all will be played in Dhaka.