Bangalore: Sri Lanka Cricket has instructed its selectors to not consider any player who is yet to sign a central contract with the board. This meant that upto 23 of its top players, including Kumar Sangakkara, the former captain, Angelo Mathews, the Test captain, and Dinesh Chandimal, the Twenty20I captain, could miss out on selection for the series against Bangladesh that begins on Friday. The immediate fall out of the decision was that Sangakkara was ruled out of playing in a three-day practice match that would have signaled his return to competitive cricket after suffering a broken finger in Australia late last year. The move comes after the board held a series of meetings with the players, which ended with disagreement between both parties.
"We can only select players who have contracts with SLC," Nishantha Ranatunga, secretary of the SLC was quoted as saying by Daily Mirror. "If the players who had been offered contracts refuse to sign it on time, then we will have to take a serious decision. We might be forced to select some other players for the Bangladesh tour."
It is understood that the top players expressed reservation over the inclusion of new clauses in the contracts, including a non-pay agreement with players contracted to various Indian Premier League franchises, which the players feel is a move to settle scores with the BCCI, who incidentally refused to release their players for the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL). Interestingly, SLC has not named any other domestic leagues such as the Australia's Big Bash League under the clause.