Former Cricket Secretary Charles Silva has been elected president of Galle Cricket Club (GCC), Cricket Age reliably learns. Drawing in 278 out of a possible 480 votes Silva, a candidate backed by majority of stakeholders, beat Kumar Samarasinghe, who received 202 votes.
Alongside Silva, 20 members out of his 21 members team were also elected, while vice president, the only member of the Samarasinghe faction to be elected at an Annual General Meeting (AGM) held yesterday (September 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).
The humiliating defeat for Samarasinghe was inevitable, as 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!