BCB Lombasts GCB Spite
The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) says it is being victimized by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) following worrying statements made by the GCB’s principals and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in relation to its Independence Cup, which is slated for May 25 this year.
A senior representative of the BCB has also expressed concern over the manner in which the GCB is administering the affairs of cricket in Guyana, explaining that the entity lacks accountability and transparency.
Additionally, the BCB is contending that the GCB’s last general meeting was held and no minutes or financial statements were circulated.
“What is apparently hurting the GCB and more particularly GCB secretary Anand Sanasie is that the BCB has gained the confidence of the Guyanese public and is surviving in difficult times,” the representative added.
It maintained that the GCB was illegal and ought to address its deficiencies first before seeking to undermine efforts of the organisers of the Independence Cup.
The BCB, against this backdrop, expressed surprise that the WICB sent out a press release pronouncing that the Independence Cup is not approved cricket” quoting the WICB’s Roland Holder.
“The Berbice Cricket Board is surprised that suddenly the WICB wakes up to interfere with the work of a legally elected Cricket Board,” the representative told this newspaper.
The official said that the tournament remains a noble event with all the proceeds going toward charity and it is surprising that both the GCB and WICB would take such objectionable positions.
“The WICB failed to fix Guyana’s cricket when it ought to, but suddenly takes time off of its busy schedule to try and stop a tournament that has taken place without interference over the years,” the official maintained.
The official did not fail to remind the WICB that the BCB has not been receiving its due subventions for over four years, while other boards, the illegal Demerara Cricket Board and Essequibo are enjoying it.
No turning back
Meanwhile, the BCB’s representative has assured the general public that they will go ahead with plans to host the tournament, despite the WICB claiming that the tournament is not an approved tournament.
“The tournament will go ahead as planned, even if it has to be watered down. The BCB will leave it to the public to judge what is happening in our society these days,” the representative said.
Players who take part in the unofficial tournament may face possible sanctions, among other penalties, inclusive of bans, according to an official from the GCB. Apart from the players, clubs, associations, venues and officials can also face penalties, the official, who wishes to remain anonymous, said.
On the other hand, the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club in a letter to this publication on Saturday said that the club has taken a decision not to associate itself with the Independence Cup.
According to the letter, the club’s decision has stemmed from a correspondence received from the GCB, advising that the tournament is not unauthorized by the WICB and as such, clubs and cricketers associating with such a tournament can be severely sanctioned/penalized.
Further, the club is requesting that the names/photographs of their cricketers be debarred from any advertisement pertaining to the Independence Cup.
The competition, which is a collaborative effort of the BCB and the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association (BCCDA), is slated to be held on May 25 at the Albion Community Centre ground, with proceeds from the event going towards charitable organisations, such as cricket clubs, orphanages, schools and health-related activities, among others.
The competition includes the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) who are scheduled to face the East Coast Jaguars after Berbice ‘A’ would have battled Berbice ‘B’, with the two winners facing off in the final under lights.
Two top softball teams will clash prior to the final.