Sri Lanka’s one-day tour in England is called into question after players refuse to sign contract offers

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Sri Lanka’s one-day tour in England is called into question after players refuse to sign new contracts just days before the squad flies to the UK

  • The squad of Sri Lankans will arrive in the UK on Wednesday
  • They play three T20 internationals and three ODI matches
  • But the players have rejected a new central contract rating system

Sri Lanka’s one-day tour here has been called into question at 11am after a general refusal by their players to sign contract offers.

The Sri Lankans will arrive in the UK on Wednesday for a double series of three matches in Twenty20 and one-day international cricket, but now have to face their employers.

Thirty-eight players put their names in correspondence who oppose the new contract rating system proposed by Sri Lanka Cricket.

Coach Mickey Arthur and the Sri Lanka squad arrive in the UK on Wednesday

Coach Mickey Arthur and the Sri Lanka squad arrive in the UK on Wednesday

It comes in response to a similar response from a group of two dozen who rejected the proposed framework for new annual central contracts, citing a lack of transparency and concerns that senior players were not being adequately compensated.

Since their 2019-20 contracts expired eight months ago, the Sri Lankan players have been working with a succession of temporary tour deals.

The timing of this stalemate has certainly embarrassed SLC and could lead to a delayed departure from Colombo ahead of the first of six scheduled internationals – a T20 game in Cardiff on June 23 – if things are not resolved quickly.

Meanwhile, the ICC has stepped up their contingency plans for the Twenty20 World Cup by approaching Oman as a potential fourth venue hub.

While official confirmation that the tournament will move from India to the UAE is not expected until later this month, the world governing body is preparing for the switch and turning to Oman over fears that the fields in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah will deteriorate. due to overuse.

Sri Lanka's players have refused to sign new contracts, casting doubt on the one-day tour

Sri Lanka's players have refused to sign new contracts, casting doubt on the one-day tour

Sri Lanka’s players have refused to sign new contracts, casting doubt on the one-day tour

That’s because the Indian Premier League is shutting down in the Emirates in the weeks leading up to the tournament’s start date on October 18.

Hosting the week-long preparatory phase – with test countries Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ireland plus associated countries such as Scotland – in Muscat would provide some rest and give time for the ground crews to prepare the best possible surfaces for the group matches and beyond.

India’s Board of Trustees for Cricket has resigned from losing the 16-team event due to Covid in the subcontinent, but will remain the official home country and therefore retain lucrative staging rights.

The ICC hierarchy is currently in quarantine in Greece for 10 days ahead of the World Test Championship in Southampton on June 18, as the UAE remains on the UK’s red list for international travel.

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