SRI LANKA CRICKETERS LEAVE FOR ENGLAND WITHOUT CONTRACT SIGNING…

Sri Lanka’s cricket board Tuesday named a 24-member white ball squad led by Kusal Perera for the six-match limited overs series in England even as the new player contract signing remained unresolved.

The Sri Lankan squad left early today for England to play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches.

Sri Lanka cricketers had been complaining that the new method used for calculating contracts was not transparent. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), has said it will reveal the detailed calculations stressing there is transparency.

“This is the transparency the players had been requesting from the outset. They will play this tour without signing any contract. They have signed a voluntary declaration, but there is nothing there about player remuneration. They have always been committed to playing for Sri Lanka,” Nishan Premathiratne, players’ lawyer, was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.com.

As many as 38 Sri Lankan cricketers had refused to sign contracts last week, citing lack of transparency.

However, with the issue sorted now, the team depart for England today as per schedule. Sri Lanka are scheduled to play the first of the three T20Is against England June 23. The three-match ODI series will begin on June 29. Besides, they are to play two tour matches, against Kent and Sussex.

The squad: Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Oshada Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya and Praveen Jayawickrama.

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