BIPIN DANI
MUMBAI - The Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA) wants the stand-of between the Sri Lankan players and their employer, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) be resolved satisfactorily.
Barely 12 hours before their departure time, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene were uncertain about their participation in the World Twenty20 and the second-team was reported to be kept ready in emergency for the Bangladesh tour. The players are representing the country without having contracts.
"At this stage this is an issue for the Sri Lankan Cricketers Association (SLCA) to deal with SLC on behalf of the Sri Lankan players . FICA will get involved if requested by SLCA or the players ", Paul Marsh, the FICA chief, said exclusively from Australia.
However, SLC has not encouraged the intervention by the players ' association. "There was no representation by us on the negotiation-table", Ken de Alwis, the vice-president of the SLCA said over telephone from Colombo. "The players are the members of our association, but this association is not officially recognised by the board", he added.
Graeme Labrooy, the 50-year-old former right-handed fast bowler is the president of the association and has been on the list of ICC's regional panel of match referees. "This is not the first issue of this type in Sri Lanka and for the benefit of Sri Lankan cricket and its players we’d like to see it resolved in a manner that is fair to both parties", Paul Marsh added.