SLC International Venues Manager Godfrey Dabrera travels UK-Australia

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Godfrey Dabrera, the controversial International venues manager of Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) is currently on overseas tours to inspect the quality of super sopper machines, Cricket Age reliably learns.

Godfrey, who is on International Cricket Council (ICC) radar after a compliment by Sri Lanka’s suspended head coach Chandika Hathurasingha, was in England from 26th October to 4th November.

Cricket Age has the access of SLC Management Committee (MC) document, that reads:

“On the recommendation of CEO, committee approved the travel of Mr. Godfrey for training, introduction of new products and manufacturing plant visit.”

The MC document further reads that Godfrey will be in Australia from 5th November to 10th November for equipments inspection and manufacturing plant visit. Coincidentally and interestingly, SLC vice president Ravin Wickramaratne and CEO Ashley De Silva have also opted to stay in Australia till November 10.

Godfrey, for these tours, has been provided air tickets and allowances, as per the MC document. According to sources, Godfrey has been given these Joyrides, so he, along with his son, can visit his daughter, who has married to a Chilaw Marians player and lives in Melbourne, Australia.

As per another MC document, the SLC has approved a loan of Rs. 5,000, 000/- on Godfrey’s request.

Story doesn’t ends here! Yet another SLC Management Committee (MC) document says that Godfrey has also been given the additional allowance.

“The committee having noted Mr. Dabrera request and the recommendation of the CEO, approved to grant Mr. Dabrera an additional Rs. 50,000/- per month with effect from March 1st 2019” another MC document reads.

This is another action of Shammi Silva to impress the Punchi Borella. At a time, when Shammi Silva led administration discards young batting prodigies like Kamindu Mendis, Pathhum Nissanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa from annual contracts, board President is shamelessly looking after all the interests of his guardian Thilanga Sumathipala and his another So called Messiah of Sri Lanka Cricket.

Achievements Of Shammi Silva since taking over SLC On February 21 : Bringing All CCC members, staff, players ( Kamalika Jayasekara, Tanesh Dias, Ashan Priyanjan, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Madushanka) at Maitland Place and national and A teams, giving millions of rupees to his lawyer friend Kuvera De Zoysa as legal fees, bringing Thilanga Sumathipala’s Lakbima news paper employees to district cricket associations, joyride for all the ExCo members, stakeholders to UK for the World Cup, Joyrides for Pakistan and Australia tours, five million song gift to Sports Ministry for World Cup, Special treatment to Badulla Cricket Stadium and Badulla District Cricket association, looking after Angelo Perera career graph, sidelining all the clubs and people who voted against him at SLC election, gifting allowances to Kamalika Jayasekara and Godfrey Dabrera, Overseas joyrides opportunities for Tanesh Dias, heavy donations for the development of the other Sports in the country.

In simple words: When BCCI opted for India’s greatest ever captain Sourav Ganguly in its sincere attempt to take country’s cricket to newer heights, Sri Lanka Cricket has Shammi Silva, who has become SLC President on others blessings than his qualification and is looking after interests only of his close aides, guardians (right now he is two guardians – Thilanga Sumathipala and Sports Minister Harin Fernando).


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