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Former Cricket Secretary Charles Silva to Contest for Galle CC Presidency

Written by N Krishnamurthy

After serving as Cricket Secretary for several years, Charles Silva has now thrown his hat in the ring for the prestigious Galle Cricket Club (GCC) presidency, Cricket Age reliably learns. The Club elections are scheduled to be held on October 30.

Originally, the GCC elections were scheduled for June 29. However, as then Incompetent club president Kumar Samarasinghe postponed the election due to fear of losing the post, Galle District Court suspended his administration with Immediate effect and appointed business tycoon Dilith Jayaweera to take over until the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Now as the new date has been finalized, Charles, a popular administrator among the Club’s stakeholders, has decided to contest for the top post!

Hails from one of the most known cricketing families in Sri Lanka, Charles Granduncle late Ben Navaratne was an acclaimed wicketkeeper whose world class skills were recognized by such greats as Sir Donald Bradman, Keith Miller and Bertie Wijesinghe. His father played first class cricket for Thultex. Charles himself was vice-captain of the college team at St. Aloysius, was in the last 30 pool of the U19 National Cricket Team and was first class cricketer for the Galle Cricket Club for 20 years. As Cricket administrator, he has been uncontested secretary of the club for 14 long years.

Against him, Kumar Samarasinghe will once again be contesting for the presidency with almost the same team. An utterly incompetent Administrator, under his wings, Galle CC standard deteriorated in every aspect. Not only Galle Team’s performances in Sri Lanka domestic tournaments worsened significantly, controversies such as liquor case exposed Samarasinghe’s inability to run the Club!

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