Pay dispute rocks Sri Lankan cricket-by Rex Clementine in Kandy Sri Lanka’s national cricketers have refused to sign central contracts after a 200% pay cut.  Source:Island A bitter pay dispute is on the cards after salaries of Sri Lanka’s national cricketers were cut by significant amounts lead up to the two Test series against Bangladesh.  The national cricket team is currently engaging in the series having refused to sign annual contracts and the deadlock could have a serious impact on the sport. The players have been without central contracts since January. The players are disgruntled that they are going to lose out a significant portion of their pay in the central contracts. A player in the top category according to the previous contract earned US$ 130,000 but now that could be lesser than US$ 45,000; a 200% salary cut. Also taken out of the pay package is the seniority payment. ...

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Root thanks England’s lone fan for devoted support England’s cricket fan Rob Lewis at the ramparts of the Galle Fort Source:Dailynews Galle, Monday: A lone England cricket fan who waited 10 months in Sri Lanka to watch his team play had an unexpected phone call Monday from team captain Joe Root after they beat the hosts in the first Test. After winning by seven wickets, Root telephoned Rob Lewis, who had been cheering from Galle fort overlooking the cricket stadium. The 37-year-old stayed in Sri Lanka after England quit the tour in March without playing a test because of the coronavirus pandemic. With spectators and media banned, Lewis was kept away from the stadium when the match eventually started last week. ...

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Cricket fraternity mourns gentleman Shashi Ganesan Source:Island Sri Lankan cricketing fraternity woke up on Saturday for the shocking news of the death of former S. Thomas’ cricketer Shashi Ganesan. His funeral took place yesterday. He was 64. Ganesan was a brilliant thinker of the game. He captained S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia in 1976. The team was unbeaten that year and won eight of their ten games. S. Thomas’ were declared the best team that year. His brother Ajit was vice-captain of the side. The brilliant 1976 team of S. Thomas’ had other accomplished cricketers like Guy de Alwis, Saliya Ahangama and Ishak Shahabdeen ...

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    Angelo Mathews and the craziest ball of the 2019 World Cup – Andrew Fidel Fernando at Chester-le-Street Source: CricInfo Gather round, kiddos. Let me tell you a story about Sri Lankan cricket. What would you like to hear? The story about how Dimuth Karunaratne, who hadn’t played ODI cricket for four years, became captain for the 2019 World Cup. Ah, that is a good one. Crazy, no? Unbelievable even. All the things you want in a good story. Or what about the tale of the Sri Lankan selectors who picked about five wrong players in a squad of 15 for the tournament? That is not that hard to believe, I suppose, but it’s not bad as well. But actually, lamayi, the one I’m thinking about is even better than those two. It’s dramatic. It’s funny. It’s colourful. It is hauntingly sad and fabulously uplifting at the same time. Like ...

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