National cricketers selected to play in the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) next month will sign the contracts only after the issue over the contracts given by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to the national team is sorted.
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena told reporters this evening at the official launch of the SLPL that the contract issue is being discussed with the cricket board.
He said that they hope the issue will be resolved within the next few days and will sign the SLPL contracts only after that is resolved.
The national cricketers are said to have had an issue over the payments offered by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board for the contracted players.
The Sri Lanka Cricket Board recently announced the categories under which the players will be offered contracts.
Most of the top national players have been selected by the franchise owners of the SLPL and those players will have to sign contracts to take part in the event.
Meanwhile Sri Lanka Cricket President Upali Dharmadasa insisted that the issue over the national team contracts will be resolved before the end of this month.
He also blamed the media for giving the impression there was an issue over the contracts when in his opinion there was no such issue.
The Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) will begin on August 11 and the 21 day event will see several international players taking part alongside local players.
However India will not take part in the tournament as a result of restrictions imposed by the Indian cricket board.
Jayawardena said that the event will help young Sri Lankan cricketers to develop their game by playing alongside international players in the caliber of Chris Gayle and others.
He however urged the cricket authorities to use the event to also improve cricket facilities outside Colombo and harness young talent.
(Report by Easwaran Rutnam)
Pics from the launch