National cricketers to be paid by December15

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told Parliament yesterday that the salaries of Sri Lankan cricketers for series following the World Cup this year would be paid before December 15.

Responding to a question raised by UNP Colombo District MP Ravi Karunanayaka, the Minister said that Sri Lanka Cricket was expecting to receive payments from the ICC to the tune of US$4.3million for co-hosting the World Cup. Once that would be received, the cricketers’ salary backlog would be cleared by December 15.

SLC owes players a total sum of Rs. 307million, of which 40 percent has already been paid.

The Minister answering a question raised by UNP Kurunegala District MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said that a total sum of Rs 4.283 billion had been spent to construct the Sooriyawewa International Cricket Stadium and the cost was covered by Sri Lanka Cricket.

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority had provided consultancy for designing and architecture of this stadium. Asked to reveal to the House the expenditure breakdown, the minister said that the construction of Sports complex cost Rs 83,734,558.43, the pavilion Rs 3,448,764,777.83 and light bulbs Rs 307,182,286.76. The annual maintenance expenses of the stadium are security Rs 5,107,560/-, technical requirements Rs 1,000,000/=, technical fees Rs 540,000/=, Labour wages Rs 7,020,000/=, garden maintenance (fuel, fertilizer, medicine, soil) Rs 1,672,000/=, water Rs 1,000,000/=, electricity Rs 8,400,000/= and miscellaneous expenses Rs 3,000,000 making a total of Rs 25,039,560/=


Courtesy: The Island