Instead of routing it through Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the payment of US $2 million was made directly into the players' bank accounts on December 16.
The Sri Lankan players were owed a total of US $4.3 million (25 per cent of the country's participation fee), according to cricinfo.com.
The payment, though, was arranged with assistance from SLC, who provided the players' respective bank account details, a person with knowledge of the payments said.
Tony Irish, the chief executive of the South African Players Association, said that arrangement to pay the players was negotiated between the Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA) and the Sri Lankan Players Association (SLCA).
SLC ran into financial crisis after running up debts of US $32.5 million to finance the building of two international stadiums in Hambantota and Pallekele, and to renovate the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, for the World Cup.