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Malinga is rewarded

Lasith Malinga

Colombo: Pacer Lasith Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to the World T20 title in Bangladesh, has been rewarded with captaincy in the shortest format as struggling batsman Dinesh Chandimal got the axe on Wednesday.

Chandimal was originally named the captain of the Lankan side for the World T20, but he couldn’t find a place in the team in the business end of the tournament as the islanders wanted to field the best XI. Malinga was then selected as the captain and he led in the final three games, including the summit clash in which they defeated India.

Left-handed batsman Lahiru Thirimanne has been appointed as Malinga’s deputy and will also be the vice-captain under Angelo Mathews in the Test and ODI teams.

The SLC sources added that the current contract dispute with the national squad would soon be over as the players had agreed to a new payment formula for annual contracts.

The players have expressed willingness to accept 10 per cent from the ICC revenues derived by the SLC. The dispute arose as the players demanded 20 per cent and refused to enter contracts.

The SLC subsequently came up with an incentive-based pay with around seven per cent increase over previous contract fees, which also would have meant players garnering around 12 per cent from the ICC revenues.

SLC, on Wednesday, dropped plans to take disciplinary action against Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

The SLC was responding to public pressure as the decision to put the two seniors on the mat drew wide scale protests from fans.