BCB Veteran Writes Book
Veteran cricketer and member of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), Mortimer George, has just finished writing a book. The book ‘A Time in Our History: Berbice Cricket from 1939 to 2010‘, is a historical, informative and instructive work of literature and features the administrators of cricket in Berbice and four presidents of the Berbice Cricket Board along with a few outstanding cricketers.
During an interview, George said that the book has several accounts. It chronicles the experiences and tales of many whose passion was and still is cricket.
George provides a historical review of the growth and development of the sport of cricket in Berbice, Guyana.
Having served in numerous administrative positions on the BCB, such as Assistant Secretary, Member of the Executive Committee, county selector, Treasurer and also a representative of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), he writes from an insider’s perspective of the development and administration of the sport, revealing as few of the struggles that took place behind the scenes.
He tells of the administrators with whom he worked, those men whose leadership would turn out to be invaluable to the advancement of the sport, and of the star players who would claim international fame.
According to George, a former president of the BCB and cricket legend in Berbice, the late Leslie Amsterdam, A.A. was the sole driving force behind him writing the book. Amsterdam lost his life by drowning in the Berbice River in 1999.
“Here was a story to be told of an outstanding individual who had served the board from 1967-1999,” George recalled.
According to Anil Beharry, current Treasurer of the BCB, the book was, “well thought out and compiled”. Joe Solomon, former West Indian Test Cricketer and former GCB President said, “George has done excellent research to compile this masterpiece, which will be of great value to the people of Guyana.”
Anyone desirous of obtaining a copy of the book can contact the author on Tel. 617-3946 or former Board President Malcolm Peters in Georgetown. It is also available online at www.lulu.com by typing in the author’s name.
George presented the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr Frank Anthony with a copy of the book. He has also donated a copy to the New Amsterdam National Library, the Regional Chairman of Region Six, the Mayor of New Amsterdam, among others.
In 2008, George was honoured with lifetime membership of the Berbice Cricket Board and also was the recipient of a heroes’ award that same year. (Leon Suseran)