It seems the more Twenty20 professional leagues mushroom around the cricket world, the better it gets for the players who walk away with fat pay-cheques. The flip side is that not all commitments are honoured and there have been many cases of players being left in the lurch.
The Bangladesh Premier League was in the news for the wrong reasons and there have been cases reported from the Indian Premier League too. As the Sri Lanka cricket board gets ready to launch their dream project, the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), the player associations want steps to ensure that payments are honoured.
Sri Lankan legend Aravinda de Silva, in the city to promote SLPL, insisted on the need of the players having a reasonable guarantee from the franchise holders. "I hope this (non-payment) doesn't happen here in the SLPL for the players' sake. I think the respective boards should try to make sure they get reasonable guarantee from the franchise holders to ensure players get their contracted amount," said the batting great, who was instrumental in helping Sri Lanka lift their maiden World Cup in 1996.
He was speaking at the event to announce Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd's association with the SLPL as the title sponsor. The league will kick off on August 11.
Even Federation of Intern-ational Cricketers' Association (FICA) recently claimed that it has succeeded in pushing for inclusion of a new clause in players' contract for the SLPL. FICA's chief executive Tim May has claimed that the newly included clause in the players' contract ensures a bank guarantee for their full salaries as a safety net.
De Silva, however, said that the absence of Indian cricketers would not affect the tournament as other international stars from across the globe are a part of the event.
"I think there are a lot of international stars involved in it. Whether they are Indian, Australian or West Indian, it really doesn't matter as long as they are the part of the tournament," he said.
Assuming that the upcoming New Zealand series has prevented the Indian cricketers from being a part of the event, he said even if the Sri Lanka had any international commitment then they wouldn't have been available for the IPL.