2012 Highs And Lows
Sports in Guyana endured several high points and also some low ones. Cricket and Football led the way with cricket experiencing the most controversies.
Trips to and from the courtroom among other issues affected the two sporting disciplines. Cricket however took the ‘icing off the cake’ with government’s intervention through the Ministry of Sport and its subject minister making moves to take over the administering of the sport.
The formation of a cricket IMC and the submission of a Draft Constitution making amendments to the existing document also transpired which was met with disapproval from the WICB.
Here Kaieteur looks at some of the disciplines that had key high points and low ones during the past year.
Despite the numerous problems affecting cricket in Guyana, our cricketers still continue to excel at various levels. Shivnarine Chanderpaul reclaimed the number spot in test battings rankings, while Veerasammy Permaul and Assad Fudadin were elevated to the senior West Indies team. Permaul was also chosen to captain the West Indies ‘A’ team on their tour of Bangladesh. Ronsford Beaton and Amir Khan gained selection on the Regional U-19 team.
Additionally, Guyana secured four places on the West Indies female team to face South Africa at home in January 2013. The players selected are June Ogle, Shemaine Campbelle, Tremaine Smart and Sabrina Monroe.
The country took the runner-up spot in the Regional Under-19 50-over and 3-day tournaments. They were edge out on bonus points by Barbados and Windward Islands for the 3-day and 50-over titles respectively.
After four years Guyana reached the semi-finals in the 4-day competition before being beaten by Jamaica, and won their first three games in the male T\20 competition in January.
The country had a number of creditable performances at the Under-19 level. Romario Sheppard took the most outstanding fast bowler prize in the 50-over format, while Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai grabbed the best bowler award (27wkts) in the 3-day, and Shawn Perreira the best all-rounder trophy. A number of players also scored centuries in the said competition.
Meanwhile, the dispute between the two factions of the Demerara Cricket Board continues to affect the development of cricket in the county which also has an effect on the game countrywide. The Government formed Interim Management Committee and the Guyana Cricket Board continue to battle for the right to control the game in the country which resulted in the Guyana losing its right to host regional and international matches.
The standoff also resulted in the Digicel Grass Roots coaching programme being suspended from the land of many waters.
Guyanese fans are still being robbed of regional and international cricket. The first four matches in the Regional Four Day Championship and third West Indies and Australia Test match which was scheduled for the National Stadium at Providence was shifted to another venue in the Caribbean.
Despite the Minister of Sport, Frank Anthony, stating that Government has no intention to take over cricket, the draft constitution sent for approval to the West Indies Cricket Board gave the Minister much power and say in the affairs of the game. The WICB quickly shut down any such attempts and pledged to see how they could be instrumental in helping bring about an amicable solution to the impasse.
Even as that continues, the back-and-forth by persons either associated with, or in support of, the various factions continued unabated in the letter columns as no real end seemed to be in sight for a speedy resolution to the cricket problems in Guyana.
Battles in the High Court continued from the previous year with the matter being taken to the Caribbean Court of Justice. Here is a brief of the matters to date:
30/1/12 Court of Appeal – Motion for Leave to appeal the decision of the Full Court and for the application for leave to be treated as the hearing of the substantive appeal for the making of an Order Nisi for a writ of certiorari
- Motion dismissed on 14/2/12. No written reasons provided.
3/2/12 Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) – The same 2 trustees above applied for special leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s judgment to hear any appeal to it in the matter.
-CCJ granted special leave to appeal and gave directions leading to the hearing of this appeal.
12/4/12 Caribbean Court of Justice – Application for the substitution of the Applicants (Trustees) by the Appellants RAJENDRA SINGH & ROBIN SINGH in their capacity as authorized representatives of the GCB
-CCJ granted leave for such substitution. The standing of the Appellants has not been questioned in these proceedings before this Court.
11/6/12 Caribbean Court of Justice – Appealing the Court of Appeal’s decision
-CCJ grants the Appellants an extension of time until 14 days from the delivery of this judgment to file a notice of appeal from the Order of Justice Chang of 29/12/11, providing the Appellants within 7 days of the delivery of this judgment file with the Registrar of the Supreme Court a motion seeking such an extension
15/6/12 Court of Appeal – Appeal against the decision of the Chief Justice filed and request for hearing
-No date set yet for hearing
22/6/12 Letter written to Court of Appeal requesting early hearing and expressing the urgency of the matter.
18/7/12 Letter sent to the Chancellor’s Chambers requesting an early hearing
19/7/12 Follow up letter sent to Court of Appeal requesting written response on the status of the appeal hearing.