Sri Lanka cricketers have refused to sign new pay contracts proposed by the board ahead of the tour of England, citing lack of transparency in the central contracts. 

The Sri Lankan players were given a deadline of June 3 to sign the contracts, but they chose to refrain from adhering to the demands of their board. 

"Because of the problems with the transparency of the ratings system devised by SLC [Sri Lanka Cricket], the players will not sign the [tour contract]," a release signed by 38 top players said.

However, the Sri Lanka squad will still travel to the United Kingdom (UK) to play a T20I and an ODI series against England. 

The cricketers are currently represented by lawyer Nishan Premathiratne, who explained that the players aren’t happy with the performance-based pay scheme. 

As per reports, it is believed that Sri Lankan cricketers could earn more under the new pay scheme proposed by the board but the players aren’t convinced. 

"Players refuse to sign annual and tour contracts until the pay dispute is resolved," the lawyer said in a statement.

Sri Lanka will travel to England on June 9 and will play three T20Is followed by three ODIs, starting from June 23.

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