Under the proposed pay structure, former captain Angelo Mathews and current Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne suffered the biggest cuts. Mathews' annual fee fell from $130,000 a year to $80,000 while Karunaratne was offered $70,000, a drop of $30,000.
A rampaging Pakistan and a resilient Sri Lanka will look to fine tune their preparations for the final in the dress rehearsal of the Asia Cup title showdown in Dubai on Friday.
Riding on a collective team performance, Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs to clinch the Asia Cup and bring a smile on the faces of millions of people back home amid a financial crisis in the country on Sunday.
Angelo Mathews was one of the beneficiaries of Kumar Sangakkara's youth push in 2009, when he made his Test debut at age 22 in Galle against Pakistan. Thirteen years later, he’s set to play in his 100th Test.
Afridi, fielding at mid-wicket, dived in an attempt to cut off a Dinesh Chandimal boundary on day three and was seen hobbling off the field. He was taken for scans and although there was no fracture, swelling and pain ruled him out.
Azam single-handedly took the tourists to just four runs short of Sri Lanka's 222 as he put on a 70-run tenth-wicket stand with Naseem Shah, who made five not out from 52 balls, in Galle
Number 10 Maheesh Theekshana played a useful cameo of 38 as the hosts added 89 runs for the final two wickets before he fell to Shaheen — who returned figures of 4-58 — to wrap up the innings in the final session.
No protester or political party objected to cricket being played while the country was burning. Everyone knows that cricket is essential for a country that is in severe shortage of foreign exchange.
Opener Abdullah Shafique hit a gritty century to keep Pakistan in the hunt to chase down a victory target of 342 in the opening Test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.