Anil Rideegammanagedara, former Sri Lanka domestic cricketer, has been appointed as the Head Coach of Galle Cricket Club (GCC), Cricket Age reliably learns. He has replaced Hasitha Rajapaksa for the top position.
Anil was unanimously selected by the Cricket Advisory Committee which comprised veteran cricketers, and later elected by the majority of the General Committee in a secret vote on Saturday. Anil, who played in 163 first-class and 99 List A matches between 1995/96 and 2016/17, is presently involved in a coaching assignment in Doha and is expected to return Sri Lanka soon.
The opposition camp at Galle CC, however, claimed that Hasitha was targeted and ousted following his meeting with George Stuarts Group Chairman Dilith Jayaweera earlier this year. On January 5, Cricket Age had published that Galle CC Cricket secretary Dileepa Charles, along with Hasitha and a former domestic player Ruwan Galappaththi, met Jayaweera, regarding an advertising board in front of the club.
“The advisory Committee, consisting of Sahantha De Silva, Nihal Dharmasiri and Chitralambawatta, is itself a joke and Anil was kicked out from Mahinda College and Moors due to some allegations” an insider told Cricket Age.
Notably, Jayaweera hails from Galle. Apart from George Stuarts, he also owns Cytrus Hotels Group and a Media group. George Stuarts is currently the travel partner of the SLC.