[caption id="attachment_714809" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Team-sri-lanka-getty.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-714809" alt="Sri Lanka, SLC" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Team-sri-lanka-getty.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Sri Lanka team Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka/">Sri Lanka</a>'s cricket board on Tuesday increased wages for national players by more than a third after making record profits in 2017. A total of 33 players under contract to Sri Lanka Cricket will also see match fees increase substantially despite dismal results on the field last year. <p></p> <p></p>"Sri Lanka Cricket raised the wages of national players by 34 percent for the period of 2018/19, following strong results achieved during the concluded financial year," it said in a statement. It did not give a breakdown of individual salaries, but they are known to be among the highest paid individuals in Sri Lanka. <p></p> <p></p>Last week, SLC announced a record annual profit of 2.12 billion rupees ($14 million) for 2017, 33 times what it made the year before. Revenues of six billion rupees were roughly double 2016 figures. Official sources attributed the sharp profit rise to a packed 2017 calendar which featured home series against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/bangladesh/">Bangladesh</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India </a> and Zimbabwe. <p></p> <p></p>Broadcasting earnings from an India tour were thought to be a major contributor. The cash bonanza was the only good news from a woeful spell for Sri Lanka cricket, with the islanders enduring their worst year on the pitch since winning the World Cup in 1996. They suffered a series defeat against India, lost a home one-day series to bottom ranked Zimbabwe and crashed out of the Champions Trophy early.