May wants all players to be paid in full as soon as possible
A number of overseas players who participated in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) are still waiting to be paid in full, despite the tournament organisers stating that they already have been.
Chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) Tim May has announced that Singapore-based Somerset Entertainment Ventures (SEV), the event management company responsible for the SLPL, have not been able to secure a full payment from one of the SLPL franchises, who allegedly owe some players up to 50 per cent of their income.
According to The Island, a daily newspaper in Sri Lanka, SLPL franchises were required to pay players in full by the end of their final match in the tournament.
Speaking exclusively to islandcricket.lk, May said: “There are still a number of foreign players that are awaiting payments, 50-percent of their total salary, from one franchise. This matter was raised recently by FICA with the organisers who are chasing the payment from the franchise.”
May stated that FICA would boycott next year’s SLPL if the tournament organisers failed to pay the rest of the money owed to international players.
However, SEV chairman Sandeep Bhammer, told Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror newspaper that a “bona fide tournament” had been delivered and that “all players have been paid” in full.
Responding to the comments made by Bhammer, May said: “This is a complete fabrication. At no stage has any pay order [been] shown to FICA.”