The longstanding row between Sri Lanka Cricket and its cricketers over national contracts took a new turn on Wednesday with senior player Angelo Mathews hinting at retirement after not being offered a contract.

The development comes ahead of the limited overs home series against India beginning here on July 13.

Mathews, the senior most among the current crop of players, and Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne found themselves excluded from the contracts that were offered on Wednesday morning. 

An unhappy Mathews has reportedly written to the SLC administration stating that he is considering retirement. He is expected to make a formal announcement of his intentions in a few days. 

What the SLC did on Wednesday was to offer contracts on the basis of each tour, a SLC source said. There will be no annual contracts as the immediate need was to sign players for the series against India, he…

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