Imran Khan-level security for Sri Lankan team
Air Marshal Roshan Goonetileke’s security advice for the forthcoming Pakistan tour may not have convinced the senior players to play there but those who have agreed to board the flight were highly impressed with his presentation, according to the source, who attended the briefing on Monday.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from Colombo, the source said,
“The players have been assured the Prime Minister-level security. The security, which Imran Khan gets in Pakistan, or those Prime Ministers, who visit the country and get security, will be given to the Sri lankan players”.
“The team (and the match officials) will be provided the bullet proof buses. Security cars and jeeps ahead and back of team bus will follow and the roads will be closed both the time while team leaves for the ground and in the return. The route for the team bus will be kept secret till the last minute”.
“About 8,500 security people will be deployed at the team hotel and at the ground”, the security expert explained to the players.
“The PCB wants the resumption of game in the country and very very tight security will be provided and the authorities won’t take any chance”.
“Yes, players-those who have agreed to travel and also those who have refused, did ask several questions”, the source further added.
The briefing was attended by SLC president (Shami Silva), hon. secretary (Mohan De Silva) and the CEO, Ashley de Silva. The president and the CEO did address the players.
A training camp for the players will be held at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama.
“The camp will be held at the High Performance Centre (HPC) from 16th September for about six days”, the chief selector, Ashantha De Mel, said.
Selectors have chosen Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka as captains for the ODI and T20I series.