SLC not to recognise player agents

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Sri Lanka Cricket has decided not to recognise player agents and will take a harsh view of players who decline central contracts,SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has said. Players will still be allowed to have agents represent them elsewhere,but will not be able to involve their agents in dealing..

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Writers ethis may hinder to name these people. But as commentor I take the priviledge to the main culprits. 1) Charlie Austin (former Cricinfo scribe in SL). His main players in SL are Mahela, Sanga, Malinga and the new captain Angelo Mattews. Here is a link.:
http://austin-management.co/our-clients.html 2) Other guy is Roshan Abeysinghe, think he is not so nifty like Charlie and two main bullies. Remember the drama about C.Vaas. Also how a former captain became the water boy in Australia.We can very well guess who were behind and quite recently only injuries to some seniors paved the way for Chandimal, Lahiru T , Kushal P. Otherwise those seniors occupy the place even they hit ebb in form. At last few positive actions from SLC. Most welcome.

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The players have only the players' association and their agents to protect their rights and interests when politicians' lackeys at SLC attempt to slash the players' earnings or take away their rights. The financial mess we are in is because of the administrators, but the administrators do not want to take pay cuts or forego their benefits. Now, they want to ensure they render the players weak and make sure the players dance to their every tune. Unfortunately, some of our fans do not understand why players worldover, and in Sri Lanka, use agents. They are unable to grasp the fact that players won't be paying agents if they do not get something in return.

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Player Agents have been involved in player politics from what is widely known but Hilal has a point, Also far as I know the Players Association in SL, doesn't really have the organizational ability or have the power to take on the Administration as much as say the Aus Cricketers Association so the Agents have a major role to play in lobbying on the player's behalf, specially since SLC is one of the boards which treats its players the worst unfortunately.

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we need player agents but we dont need dominant player agents. i think the correct answer lies in the balance. and the players themselves need to be mature and smart to "handle" a player agent

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I find it hard to believe an agent is manipulating not one or two, but a whole group of players.

Say we agree with that story, then we have to admit that many players in the SL side are complicit in wrongdoing and are also easily manipulated. Does this make any sense to you'll any more? That's where this theory begins to fall apart for me.

Ultimately, the players are responsible for the decisions they make and to think someone is twisting the arms of so many individuals and forcing them to make decisions is such a crazy conspiracy theory to me.

An agent takes care of many matters for players including taking care of their legal needs. The player is the employer, the agent is being employed by the player - that's the relationship.

If you think about this intelligently, you realise how silly this whole player agent conspiracy is. Rendering the players' agents useless is great for blokes like Nishantha and the rest at the Ex-Co because players become weakened and have no one to turn to, to seek advice. SLC would like our players to do as they are told, and allowing them to treat our athletes with such scant respect hurts the development of our sport.

Listen to what other journalists say about this issue. Sa'adi Thawfeeq comes to mind, and below is from an article he wrote in December 2011.

"Speaking further the Minister was quoted, 'These days it has become a problem that cricket players play cricket according to the way their agents want them to. These persons influence the selection of the teams. They have become so strong as to even influence the selection of the team captain.'

"If what the Sports Minister says is true isn't it a fact that he too is being influenced by these player agents? For it is the teams (influenced by player agents) that he eventually puts his signature on and approves. If he thought that the selection of the team has in anyway been influenced he could have, with the powers bestowed upon him as Minister of Sports and the Sports Law, objected to it and called for fresh selection. Why he has failed to do so is something which only the Minister can answer.

"If the Sports Minister is of the opinion that player agents have had an influence over selections, then he should be thankful to them in some way as Sri Lanka, until the 2011 World Cup, had a very good run in Test, ODI and T20I cricket. Players have been having agents since 2002.

"By making comments such as 'the cricket team plays dirtier politics than the government ministers' is like trying to shift the blame of the financial mess Sri Lanka Cricket is currently undergoing on to the players. There may be player politics in teams especially from Asia, but it is not to the extent that politicians meddle in the affairs of sports bodies in the country."

Source: http://www.nation.lk/2011/12/18/sports3.htm

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the issue is that 60%-70% of the squad including most of the key players is represented by one agent. that is an unhealthy ratio in any supplier customer scenario. problems, whether happened or not in the past, is inevitable.
and we need to make a distinction about the benefit of the players represented and benefit of sri lankan cricket. players are not complicit in wrongdoing but looking after purely their own interests which is fair to them but again sometimes distinct from interests of the sri lankan cricket.
not saying SLC etc are good and great but only that dominant player agents are also a problem. again not saying no agents at all but no to a monopoly situation.
would think that there have been many instances in the past/present where a group of individuals are influenced to act purely for their own benefit against the greater good by a few key members.

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The problem of not having enough agents is a problem all right. But not so much a problem for cricket in Sri Lanka but more an issue with players not having enough choices in agents. That is a conjured up problem not relevant with this issue. If the players are all buying their bats from one supplier you will find that a problem too if this is bugging you. It is the Sports Minister and selectors who has final say in selections not agent so is the agent manipulating them too? This agent story is to distract the foolish frm the real problems.

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If someone can provide concrete proof that players are being manipulated or forced by agents, I'm willing to change my view. Until such time, the suggestion that agents are responsible for decisions that players endorse wholeheartedly seems nonsensical to me. This decision by SLC to not recognise agents is not how other successful cricket boards in developed nations conduct themselves. If we are to develop, we need to start looking at how boards in Australia and England operate.

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Although I wud be very reluctant to believe anything coming out if Nishantha's mouth, these 'agents' acting as the 'middle men' does lead to less control over the players.
Like Hilal points out, having an agent will help the player great deal especially in modern day criket. The agent will provide a wide range of opportunites to a player ranging from a IPL contract to a County Stint, and that is fine............ the problem however lies in the following example:......

-.............When Angelo Mathews was injured prior to the Final of 2011 CWC, his agent "announced" that the allrounder will be unavailable for the selection for the top XI in the final. The announcement came even BEFORE the SLC has decided on the matter let alone make a media statement. Eventhough same decision was revealed in the SLC media briefing, the agent should have NO business declaring player's fitness regarding the NATIONAL DUTY. He can make those kinda statements during IPL or County Championship, as the player is 'individually' represented in such tournaments.............

-Another instance would be the 'Kevin Piertersen Saga', which was ignited by a media briefing by KP followed by a youtube interview prepared by the 'agency' that represents him, and we all know by now who came out on top end of that battle?!

-Another sub-culture that is developing is the 'school cricketer' who comes out of school is NOT looking for a good club to start his career, but a 'powerful' agent who can bring him 'opportunities',which is NOT a healthy trend at all

now this is NOT to say that players should have absolute NO ONE to represent them or handle their legal dealings,,, wat they should do is move away from the "individual agents" and try to STRENGTHEN their 'Player Association'!. A strong Player Association will go a long way in preventing players being taken advantage of by crooks.

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Interesting views and good points, Uppercut_7. Where did Mathews' agent announce, or to whom, that he was unavailable for selection before WC 2011 final? Don't recall that incident. Any link to an article? I don't agree with that practise, if it happened.

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