Chetty Calls For New DCB Elections

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

As the ongoing battle between the two factions of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) continues to demoralise cricket, in Demerara in particular and in Guyana as a whole, Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) president, Chetram Singh, is of the opinion that each sub-association within the DCB should have fresh elections in order to pave the way for a re-election of office bearers for the DCB. “Honestly this is my opinion for the betterment of cricket and, with this, the DCB can start with a new mandate,” Singh related to this publication.

Singh, who is not seeking re-election to the post after 19 years at the helm of the country’s cricket administration, said that Guyana’s cricket cannot afford a divided Demerara board. “Cricket in general cannot afford a divided Demerara board, since Demerara has the best cricketing facilities, so having a weak Demerara team means a weak Guyana team over all,” Singh related.

The GCB head, whose term in office came to an end on January 30, but continues to run the board’s affairs since there was a delay in the GCB elections, said that cricket, especially in Demerara, continues to suffer at the hands of “power-drunken” individuals.

Demerara cricket has been in turmoil since one faction, led by Bissoondyal Singh, and the other faction, led by Raj Singh, held separate elections on January 22. This led to a court battle that was subsequently withdrawn by Bissoondyal Singh’s attorney Anil Nandlall last Friday, as he contended that the elections held at the Lusignan Community Centre was the legitimate one, since only the president of a board has the sole authority to convene any meeting and not the secretary or vice-president thereof.

Meanwhile, 7 of the 13 GCB executives have endorsed the Bissoondyal-Singh-led Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) over the Raj-Singh-led DCB as the legally installed body. This was confirmed by the GCB head who stated that he had received a letter of such nature on Wednesday. When asked if that letter will be discussed at the board’s statutory meeting next Friday, Singh revealed that, based on the nature of the letter, it will be discussed and a way forward on the current DCB saga will be decided on.

Michael Franco, Guyana senior team Manager Carl Moore and BCB president Keith Foster are the GCB executives from Berbice who are now publicly supporting the Bissoondyal Singh faction. This group also includes Ronald Williams, Claude Raphael and Pretipaul Jaigobin.