Sri Lanka cricketers demand slice of guarantee money

Published: Monday, August 26, 2002, 21:15 [IST]
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Colombo: Sri Lanka has joined the fray in the row over sponsorship contracts with the International Cricket Council, threatening next month's ICC Champions' Trophy tournament to be held here. The Sri Lanka Cricketers Association (SLCA) at a meeting with the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) demanded 30 percent of the guarantee money paid by the ICC to the BCCSL for hosting the ICC Champions Trophy. A spokesman the SLCA said Sri Lankan cricketers will not sign the contracts for the matches from September 12-30 unless they are assured of the 30 percent slice. The SLCA, represented by former Test stars Roshan Mahanama and Graeme Labrooy, met with BCCSL chief executive Anura Tennakoon on Saturday to discuss the issue. Labrooy, a former fast bowler who appeared in nine Tests between 1986 and 1991, said the SLCA was also making a second demand: that the players' consent must be sought prior to any ICC contracts involving players after the World Cup in South Africa in February 2003. The present ICC contracts prevent players from endorsing products from rival companies of the ICC's sponsors 30 days before or after major ICC events, including next year's World Cup. Labrooy told reporters earlier this month that the SLCA was hoping for a settlement of the issue on "a give-and-take" basis and there was no danger of any of Sri Lanka's leading players missing the ICC Trophy in Colombo over the contract row. At least two leading Sri Lankan players are thought to have contracts, which endorse conflicting products of the ICC sponsors. The players are of the view that if they are forced to promote only a selected product they should be appropriately compensated, the spokesman said. All 10 Test-playing nations are to be joined by Kenya and Holland in the biggest international cricketing event ever to take place in Sri Lanka.

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