The contracts standoff between SLC and the Sri Lanka cricketers has escalated to a crisis, after the board issued threats of sending a second-string team to the World Twenty20, because the players maintained their refusal to sign contracts, less than 16 hours before they are due to depart for Bangladesh.
Players had rejected the incentive-driven payment scheme offered by the board on Thursday, because that proposal does not satisfy their demand for a percentage cut of the gross sum paid to SLC for global tournaments. The players had initially demanded 20 per cent, but they have now indicated they would be happy with 12 per cent. The board, however, has been unwilling to budge from their proposal.
The ICC is expected to pay SLC approximately 8.9 million dollars for the World Twenty20, meaning the figure the players are holding out for this tournament is in the region of 1.07 million dollars.