May wants this situation resolved immediately
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) have announced that five international players who represented Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) franchise the Basnahira Cricket Dundee are still waiting to be paid in full.
The five players owed money from the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 tournament are Rilee Russouw, who has not received any money at all, Charl Langeveldt, who only received 25 per cent of his wages and Dirk Nannes, Cameron Borgas and Daniel Smith are still owed half their salary.
This new complaint contradicts what tournament organisers Somerset Entertainment Ventures announced in September, where they said that all players had been paid in full.
FICA CEO Tim May stated that his organisation and the players who dedicated their time to the franchise had endured a “series of broken promises”.
May added that if the situation was not resolved by the end of the week, FICA would consider taking legal action against the franchise.
May also mentioned that FICA had been constantly emailing SLC over the past three weeks, and that their non-cooperation showed they were “failing in their obligations” as a cricket board.
“We’ve tried to work with the SLC on this, but all of our correspondence remain unanswered, I wrote to the SLC president but they’ve essentially gone into radio silence,” May said.
According to May, the players’ association in Sri Lanka had contacted SLC about the ongoing matter, and asked them to resolve it as soon as possible.
SLC president Upali Dharmadasa stated that the board would reply back sometime this week since they have been busy over the past couple of weeks catering to the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
SLC CEO Ajit Jayasekara confirmed that he knew about the payment problems, and added that he had already written to the Basnahira Cricket Dundee franchise, asking them to pay the players owed money immediately.
“We are very concerned about this, because it doesn’t look good for the SLPL,” Jayasekara said.
The SLPL is the first tournament where FICA have insisted on player contracts having a rule where the franchise provide a bank guarantee that states all players will be paid in full.
FICA announced that they have advised players to boycott the next edition of the tournament if the bank guarantees are not presented in an agreeable form.