Berbice Seeking Umpires
The Berbice Umpires Association (BUA) will embark on a recruitment drive to increase to number of umpires available to officiate in cricket matches in Berbice.
This is according to newly elected President of the BUA, Joseph Simeon who noted that the BUA is in need of new blood. Currently there are seventeen registered umpires with the BUA; however, only fourteen are practicing.
“We intend to use the media and invite persons from different organization and who may be interested in umpiring.” Simeon told the Guyana Times Sport.
Simeon highlighted that meetings will be held at the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) office in New Amsterdam, the Area ‘H’ Ground in Rose Hall Town, similar facilities at Corriverton and on West Bank of Berbice to facilitate the crowning of new umpires. Simeon’s comments were in accordance with some of his plans for the new executive.
On Sunday the BUA held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections for office bearers. Simeon was elected President, replacing Kochan Mokhan who did not seek re-election. Clement Brush is the Association’s Vice President with new secretary being Augustus Outar.
Devendranauth Samwaru is the new Assistant Secretary/Treasurer while Treasurer, Jaipersaud Hardeo was the only office bearer to return to office. Three committee members were also elected to form the executive. There are Omadat Samwaru, Orin Archer and Rafeek Latif.
According to Simeon persons below the age of 30 years old will be given preference since they will have a chance of being in the West Indies elite panel of umpires before the age of forty.
“After forty if you don’t make it to the top by doing Regional games the West Indies will not look at you, so one needs to start when they are in their twenties or early thirties if they want to reach to the highest level.”
The BUA President is however not discouraging any one regardless of their age who wants to become an umpire and officiate in Berbice matches.