Sri Lanka Cricket announced a pay raise by 34% for 33 contracted players after a massive financial gain of USD 13.5 million (LKR 2.12 billion) in 2017.
In addition, the match fee will also be increased in the 2018/19 season.
Last year, Sri Lanka Cricket announced the opposite, deciding to trim salaries down by a big margin with the introduction of a performance-based model.
The full tours to India and Bangladesh have generated revenues of over USD 26 million (LKR 4.1 billion). A small portion of the profit was used to clear the debt owed for the Khettarama and Pallekele stadiums.
However, a lump payment associated with the Hambantota Stadium is still under debate and the board believes they can’t be held liable for it.
“As far as we are concerned, we don’t have any liability to pay for [Hambantota stadium]. We discussed with the Auditor General with regard to this – it doesn’t show any outstanding payables,” said Thilanga Sumathipala.
“But we have made a provision in our accounts, because this is an ongoing discussion the Ministry of Sports is having with the Finance Ministry. As of December, they have not told us of the decision that they have arrived at,” he added.
SLC Player Wages
The 33 players were divided into 5 categories and the salary hike was done accordingly.
Category A: Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath, Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal
Category B: Upul Tharanga, Dilruwan Perera
Category C: Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Dananjaya De Silva; Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera
Category D: Akila Danajaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Asela Gunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Nuwan Pradeep
Premier Category: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lahiru Gamage, Vishwa Fernando, Lakshan Sadakan, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dasun Shanaka, Kaushal Silva, Shehan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Malinda Pushpakumara, Amila Aponso, Wanidu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Dilshan Munaweera.
In 2018, Sri Lanka Cricket hopes to do even better, especially after a financially successful Nidahas Trophy. Sri Lanka will host England for a full tour later this year.
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