Sri Lanka Police has come forward to include cricketers to their high ranks at a ceremony held at Police Park last week .
This is good move for the cricketers to get employment at Sri Lanka Police. Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force and Sri Lanka Army already gave this opportunity for the cricketers as well as other athletes and for the first time cricketers both National and club level received their employment from the Minister Tiran Alles and the Acting IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon.
SSP Kamal Pushpakumara Head of Police Sports and cricket said Kusal Janith Perera and Chamara Silva took appointments as Chief Inspectors (CI) while Nuwan Pradeep and Ashen Bandara both National players got SP ranks and Nalin Priyadharshana, Priyamal Perera and few other players were recruited as Sub Inspectors (SI). Earlier late Jayantha Paranathala the Rt DIG, SSP T.B Kehelgamuwa were National players and cricket umpires Gamini Silva, Deepal Gunawardena, Ravindra Wimalasiri also Police officials. Wimalasiri is in ICC Cricket umpires panel and Gamini Silva is the National chief curator of Bangladesh Cricket Board.
Former National player Chamara Silva who is the Police SC coach and player said Sri Lanka Police very well treated the cricketers and we have good team playing Major clubs league and limited over tournament.
I think giving high rank to the cricketers give big boost for them. In fact today at the Mercantile sector Sri Lankan cricketers found difficult to obtain a job with reasonable salary, said Chamara Silva.
Police SC created history as for the first time emerged joint champions with SSC and young Ashen Bandara, Nalin Priyadharshana, Nuwan Pradeep, Kusal Janith Perera performed well at the league tournament.
At the moment Ashen Bandara the good all rounder has chance to enter the National team once again said Chamara Silva.
“We have good young players and they have good commitment to go forward and hope Police SC go strength to strength,” added Chamara Silva.
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