Sri Lanka cricket crisis ends

The crisis which was brewing in Sri Lanka cricket after the national players refused to sign the new contracts, was resolved late this evening following talks involving chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the players Jayasuriya said that a compromise had been reached and the players will sign the contracts tomorrow.

The cricketers including the current captain Angelo Mathews and senior players in the caliber of Kumar Sangakkara refused to sign the contacts over a dispute on the payments offered to the players.

Speaking earlier in the day (click here for audio) Jayasuriya said that he was asked by the cricket board to speak to the players this evening and try reach a compromise.

The Sri Lanka cricket board had said that it had been instructed by the sports ministry to pick a new team for a scheduled series against a visiting Bangladeshi team if the current team members refuse to agree to the terms offered by the board.

Sangakkara, who was picked to play against Bangladesh in a practice match today, was dropped from the team at the last minute for failing to sign the contract.

Jayasuriya said that the cricket board had taken the decision not to allow Sangakkara to play in the match.

The Sri Lankan cricket team was earlier given time till yesterday to sign the new contracts.

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh face each other in a Test and One Day International series beginning on March 8 and a Twenty 20 match thereafter.

Angelo Mathews was picked as the captain for the series while Dinesh Chandimal is the vice captain. Chandimal was selected as the captain for the Twenty 20 match. (Colombo Gazette)