Former Air Force chief to be in charge of Sri Lanka cricket

Goonetileke, who joined the Sri Lanka Air Force in 1978 as a helicopter pilot rose to the rank of Air Chief Marshall, Commanded the Air Force and thereafter served as the Chief of Defense Staff, serving the Sri Lankan defense establishment for 35 plus years. “I am sure, his entry will strengthen the security program, we have placed in order to continue our cricketing calendar, without any hindrance.’’ said Shammi Silva, President of SLC.“We take security as our top priority, when it comes to any form of cricket, since having a secure environment helps teams and players to engage in healthy competition,’’ the SLC President further added. He will also be in charge of the strategic review of Sri Lanka Cricket’s security program. Former Air Force Commander Roshan Goonetileke has been recruited by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) as the Chief Security Advisor of SLC, in order to strengthen the security program covering all forms of cricket.His role will be to help enhance SLC’s security affairs related to all international inbound and outbound tours, security of the national and junior squads, players, coaches, ground security and also spectator security. His new appointment came into effect from 17th May, 2019. (Colombo Gazette)

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