Tony Greig appointed tourism ambassador for Sri Lanka

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By Staff Writers | March 1, 2011

Former English cricketer-turned-television commentator Tony Greig has been appointed tourism ambassador for Sri Lanka by Sri Lanka Tourism.

Tony GreigGreig was appointed tourism ambassador for a six-month period in a ceremony last Monday at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo.

“The tourism industry welcomes the appointment and noted that it will help attract many viewers during the ICC World Cup and the IPL thereafter,” Nalaka Godahewa, the chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism, said.

“Tony’s role in promoting Sri Lanka will have a positive impact among prospective holiday makers to Sri Lanka.

“This year’s theme is tourism and all 12 months have been allocated for various activities to develop tourism. This makes the month of February the month for sports and adventure sports. Appointing Tony Greig is parallel to this program,” he added.

Greig served as the captain of England from 1975–1977 and has played 58 Test matches and 22 ODIs. He is currently a popular television commentator and a member of the ICC’s World Cup commentary team.

© Island Cricket

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  1. hello mr. Tony Greig .
    as a

    hello mr. Tony Greig .
    as a great cricket fan i have got abundance of respect for all cricket stars. my question is to you is that if you have some issues with BCCI then it is not a problem for indian cricket fans but it does not give you right to undermine achievements of indian players so are your allowed as a commentator to express your enmity against players who had nothing wrong ?….. i thought commentators are supposed to be non-biased, i have just heard you views on ten cricket in current australia..sri lanka test series as saying that ponting has 66% rate of success in contributing to victory for australia and sachin has 33 %. so ponting is better than sachin. this is as ridiculous comment as someone can give as biased commentator..sir with all due respect to you as sri lanka’s tourist ambassador but it will not gonna give much of tourist from india to sri. lanka. you are undermining the fact that there are 11 players who play game of cricket, and india never had match winner bowlers to win test matches while australia has been blessed with those match winning bowlers in past decade. so sachin success is better than ponting considering the expectation of 1.2 billion people and lack of match winning bowlers. so please stop making bias comments. other wise you will loose your great fans like me.

  2. I am sure it is a good move
    I am sure it is a good move by the SL Tourism Board to have Tony as their Tourism Ambassador. But i am just concerned about two related issues.

    1. What is Tony Greg going to achieve in a period of 6months as an Tourism Ambassador for SriLanka.

    2. Can someone inform the SL Tourism Board that they have made a very bold move by appointing Tony as their Ambassador when SL cricket authority does not have the money to pay salary to its players for the past 8 months.

    Just wondering what would be the salary paid to Tony Greg for his 6month contract.

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