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Old 24-Nov-2011
Cash-strapped sports body faces turbulent times

UNP ImageAbu Dhabi: Having finished runners-up to India in the 2011 World Cup and a number two position in the ICC ODI cricket rankings makes impressive reading for the Sri Lankan cricket team, but it looks like the island's cricket is heading for turbulent times.

As many as 100 cricketers contracted to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), among them national team players who are currently in the UAE, have not been paid their match and tour fees since Sri Lanka jointly hosted the World Cup with India and Bangladesh from February 19 to April 2. The reason being that despite the SLC being the country's richest sports body, it incurred huge expenditure by staging the world's fourth-largest and fourth-most-viewed sporting event.


Former SLC chairman Upali Dharmadasa told the BBC last month that they were hoping to make the pending payments as soon as their received their share said to be around $4 million (Dh14 million) to $5 million, from the ICC, due to them as hosts.

Ranjan Paranavithana, a veteran cricket journalist and youth team coach who is in the UAE, attempted to throw some light on the state of affairs of the SLC in regard to this fiasco.

"About 100 other players contracted to SLC have not been paid while the Premier Clubs' competition which is scheduled to start this Sunday is in doubt due to lack of finance," he told Gulf News.

"There are ten teams each in the A and B divisions of the Premier Club's competition and they depend on SLC funds. The competent authority has promised that a part of that money will be paid by this Friday so we will have to wait and see," Paranavithana said.

"One of the main reasons for the SLC being bankrupt is the unwanted extravagant expenditure while co-hosting the 2010 World Cup along with India and Bangladesh. Though the ICC is yet to release pending payments that will not be enough," he said.

Old 24-Nov-2011
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