Sri Lanka Cricket has increased the Match Fees payable for the upcoming local Premier and Zonal Tournaments by very substantial amounts, a SLC media release states.

“With the recent revisions Sri Lanka first-class cricketers have the opportunity to earn approximately Rs.1 Million per annum, if they play all the matches in a given season.

“It has been the aim of SLC over the years to make cricket professional and to make it a livelihood. This is certainly a step in the right direction and will persuade our young and aspiring cricketers to remain in Sri Lanka and play competitive cricket rather than move to Australia and/or England on a regular basis, to play cricket and boost their income.”

SLC Chairman Sidath Wettimuny stated: “I am extremely happy to oversee a committee which has implemented this long felt need. It will no doubt lay the seed for “cricket as a livelihood” in Sri Lanka.”

The new payment structure is as follows:

Premier 50 over Tournament – Rs. 7,500/- per day

Premier 3 day Tournament – Rs. 7,500/- per day

Premier T20 Tournament – Rs. 7,500/- per day

Zonal 50 over Tournament – Rs. 25,000/- per day

Zonal 4 day Tournament – Rs. 20,000/- per day

Zonal T20 Tournament – Rs. 15,000/- per day

  1. a) Under this revised match fee structure a total number of 154 cricketers who participate in all 3 formats for their respective Clubs in the Premier Tournament have opportunity to earn Rs.250,000/- for the season.
  2. b) A player who participates in all 3 formats of the Premier Club and Zonal Tournaments now has the opportunity to earn Rs.725,000/- for the season.