Not paid by their Board for the past 8 months, the Sri Lankan players got the support of their South African rivals, who think it is a credit to Tillakaratne Dilshan’s guys that they’ve still continued with national job. In a report given by the South African Cricketers’ Association, Proteas Test skipper Graeme Smith says the scenario is “far from ideal”.
The cricketers haven’t been by a cash-strapped Sri Lanka Cricket, which is waiting for $4.3 million funds from the ICC for co-hosting this summers World Cup, and the South Africans expected that the issue would be settled shortly.”We need to show our assistance for Tillakaratne Dilshan and our fellow professional players from Sri Lanka on this matter,” Smith says. SA ODI skipper AB de Villiers said non-payment of players’ dues isn’t right given how professionally the sport is maintained now.
The Sri Lankan Cricketers’ Association has sought the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association’s support on the issue. South Africa are set to host Sri Lanka for 3 Tests and 5 ODIs and Sri Lankan team will start their tour match against South Africa A on December 9.