Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will soon offer new contracts to its players, which will see them get a 35 percent pay cut due to the prevailing pandemic and the new contracts will be signed before the white ball team heads to their proposed tour of Bangladesh.
SLC meanwhile, will also restructure the contract offered to the players.
After the restructured contracts, all categories of cricket will now have further sub-categories with different base fee price for the players. Notably, each category will now be sub-divided into three tiers, which will see the reduced salary of the players accordingly.
Earlier, a Sri Lankan player in the top category would have earned around USD 130,000, but now the new structure will see the salary drop to USD 100,000. Category A will see the Tier 1 players get a salary of USD 100,000 with Category B at a price of USD 65,000, Category C at a price of USD 50,000 and Category D with a salary of USD 35,000.
Also, the SLC will now only offer central contracts to 30 cricketers for the year 2021-22.
However, the Lankan players have agreed to the new contract structure despite the move.
The islanders are scheduled to face Bangladesh in an ODI series starting from Sunday, 23 May. They are also due to face England soon at home, which will start on 23 June. The Sri Lankan team is set to face England in a three-match T20 matches and as many ODI matches.