In the middle of a standoff between the board and the players over national contracts, five Sri Lanka cricketers have refused to sign your contracts ahead of the limited-overs home series against India.
Because an agreement with the board could not be reached before their departure for the UK, Sri Lankan cricketers are currently playing without a contract in England.
Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara, Ashen Bandara, and Kasun Rajitha were left out of the one-month residential camp that began on June 25. They are among the 24 players who have been offered national contracts but are not part of the squad touring the UK. The India series will begin on 13 July.
“They were asked to sign the tour contract if they were going to be available for the Indian series until the national contract issue was sorted, so they could go into a bubble because we are investing in them.
“However, because they refused to sign the tour contract, they were excluded from the residential camps. They didn’t join the bubble in Dambulla or Colombo,” SLC CEO Ashley de Silva was reported by the Daily FT as saying.
The majority of the squad is expected to return from the United Kingdom next week.
“A tour contract was given to these five. That is, they will be considered for national selection for the Indian tour if you participate. You require a tour contract for the Indian tour, which they didn’t sign because they were among the 24 players awarded national contracts.”
“The selectors will consider them if they sign the tour agreement before the start of training for the Indian tour,” De Silva continued. Three One-Day Internationals and as many Twenty-20 Internationals will be played in Colombo during the India series.