The contracts will be for a duration of five months, lasting till December 31, 2021. On the contracts, a statement by the board read: “The players signed the contracts without any deviation from the contracts offered previously, which was formulated by Sri Lanka Cricket along with the Technical Advisory Committee.”
“The players were chosen under four categories and were nominated by the Selection Panel, based on a set of criteria such as Performance, Fitness, Leadership/Seniority, Professionalism/Code of Conduct, and Future/Adaptability.”
“The criteria and the allocation of points to individual players were shared among the players before they signed the contracts.”
Notable omissions from the contract list include former captain Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella.
While Mathews is unavailable for selection, the other three are serving a ban for a breach of COVID-19 protocols.
SLC had revealed a five-point grading system back in May, bringing down the number of contracts from 32 to only 24.
As differences continued over the nature of the contracts offered, the players signed the ‘tour contracts’ for their series against England and India as a makeshift arrangement. (ICC)