(Mirror) - It has now been revealed that the figures publicized as payments for the ODI and Test matches are flawed.
According to the contract a cricket player will be paid US$ 3000 for a ODI match , US$ 7500 for a Test match and US 1800 for a Twenty-20 game.
It is also reported that the allowance for a twenty-20 has been a static amount during the past five years and only the allowance for Test matches has been increased from US$ 5000 to US$ 7500.
Therefore it is certain that the increased amount has not been more than US$500.
The new contract has deprived the players of the commission they received from 2003 when participating in an ICC match.
According to the ICC rules the players are not allowed to be a part of any publicity campaign or advertisement during ICC tournaments.
The players who have already signed contracts with companies have to repay the particular company to compensate for the loss the particular company has to undergo due to the absence of the player during the match period.
Therefore the players were provided a commission during ICC tournaments since 2003.
A senior cricket player receives a monthly income of Rs. 200,000 from Sri Lanka Cricket. Therefore the annual income of a senior player is Rs. 2,400,000.
However only four Test matches are scheduled for this year and it will add only $ 30,000 to their monthly income.
If a senior player receiving Rs. 200,000 a month plays 20 ODIs a year he will receive only $ 60,000.
Meanwhile, speaking to ‘Mirror’, sports critics expressed their displeasure towards media’s response to Malinga’s recent statement to media.
Critics question whether it is ethical for the media to question players when the SLC had strictly prohibited the players to talk to media.
However the Sri Lanka Cricketer’s Association had reportedly steered clear from this mess as most of their members were paid by the SLC.