State-run bank ordered to clear Sri Lanka cricketers' pay

Sri Lanka cricketers have not been paid since the end of ICC 2011 World Cup Getty Images

Colombo: Feb 17, 2012

Sri Lanka s sports minister has ordered the state-run Bank of Ceylon to settle the wages of national cricketers who have not been paid for over a year, a statement said on Friday.

After several rounds of discussions between minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the bank and the cricket board, the Bank of Ceylon has agreed to release 600 million rupees ($5 million) to pay the dues.

“Minister Aluthgamage also instructed the officials of Sri Lanka Cricket not to overlook contract payments in the future,” the statement said.

Sri Lanka s cricket board has not paid its players as the governing body struggles with debts of $69 million after building two new venues and revamping a third ground for the World Cup.

Since losing the 2011 World Cup final to India, Sri Lanka have lost Test and one-day series against England, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa. (AFP)