23 senior Sri Lankan cricketers locked out due to contract row

Sunday, 03 March 2013 - 7:07


Sri Lankan cricket is headed towards a major crisis with the board last night freezing out 23 of its top players over a contracts deadlock, less than a week before the start of the home series against Bangladesh.


SLC, which met the players earlier in the day, has told its selectors not to consider those cricketers for any international cricket, including the Bangladesh series, until they agree to their new contract terms.


Player contracts expired on February 28, and all 60 players who were offered new contracts have refused to sign them before the March 2 deadline prescribed by the board.


New Test captain Angelo Mathews and T20 captain Dinesh Chandimal are among the players frozen out, along with the bulk of Sri Lanka's Test and ODI players.