Colombo: The ICC paid 46% of the fees due to Sri Lanka's cricketers for the World Cup, ESPNcricinfo has learned. The payment of US$2 million was made directly into the players' bank accounts, instead of routing it through Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), on December 16.
The Sri Lankan players, who had not been paid since the tournament ended in April, were owed 25% of the country's participation fee, totalling about $4.3 million.
While the money was paid directly, it was arranged with assistance from SLC, who told the ICC of the amounts owed to each player and provided their respective bank account details, a person with knowledge of the payments said.
Earlier this month the Sri Lanka sports minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, said the ICC had agreed to pay US$2 million to SLC and that the coach and players would be paid out of those funds. The Sri Lankan Cricketers' Association (SLCA) had also contacted the Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA) for assistance over the delay in the cricketers' salaries for series following the World Cup this year.
SLC ran into financial problems after running up debts of $32.5 million to finance the building of two international stadiums in Hambantota and Pallekele, and to renovate the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, for the World Cup. All three stadiums have since been handed over to the military because the board was struggling to maintain them.