July 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket board has apologized to the temporary ground workers at Hambantota Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium after they were told to strip off their Sri Lankan Cricket uniforms before they could get paid.
Adding insult to injury the incident has happened on Monday after Sri Lanka's five-match ODI series loss to Zimbabwe at the Hambantota stadium.
After the match the ground workers were reportedly told they would have to return their trousers, sporting the SLC logo, before getting paid.
The ground workers were local youth contracted temporarily on a daily wage of 1,000 rupees to carry out ground duties at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, according to the BBC.
Issuing a statement the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said it is perturbed by the incident and apologized to the workers who were subjected to the humiliation.
It has been reported that the workers have not come prepared to change the attire and had to walk out in their underwear.
"The President & Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket are perturbed by the reported incident that had occurred with the causal workers engaged as ground laborers at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyaweva last evening," the SLC statement said.
The SLC said an inquiry has been initiated into the matter and whilst stern action will be taken against those responsible.
"Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to apologize to those subjected to this ignominy, and will take steps to ensure they are compensated," it further said.