Court Grants Order Against GCB

Date Published: 
21-May-2014
Source: 
Guyana Times
Author: 
Rajiv Bisnauth

Justice Sandra Kurtzious on April 14 granted an order restraining the current purported Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) executive from performing functions on behalf of the entity, as the saga in the embattled GCB continues.

The purported executive is also restrained from representing the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The order was filed on Wednesday.

Keith Foster, Anil Beharry, Hubern Evans, Julian Cambridge, Angela Haniff, Raymond Haniff, Romash Munna and Shabeer Baksh of the Berbice Cricket Board, brought the action against the new executive body, which includes Durbahadur, Fizul Bacchus, Alfred Mentore, Anand Sanasie, Virendra Chintamanie, Anand Kalladeen, Rajesh Singh, Rajendra Singh, Colin Europe, Andy Ramnarine, Lalta Digamber, Ramdeo Kumar, Rayon Griffith, Nazimul Drepaul and Savitri Persdaud.

The court order restrains the defendants by themselves, their servants and/or agents and each and every one of them from holding out themselves as officers or representatives of the Guyana Cricket Board or in any manner whatsoever acting on behalf of or for or as the Guyana Cricket Board or performing any functions in relations thereto.”

The order also states: “A declaration that the purported meeting held by the defendants on January 27, 2013 at the Georgetown Cricket Club pavilion purporting to be the Annual General Meeting of the Guyana Cricket Board in null, void and of no legal inasmuch as the said meeting and elections were held in breach of the constitution of the Guyana Cricket Board.

More so, the order issued indicated that, “A declaration that the purported meeting and election of the office holders held by the defendants on January 27, 2013, at the Georgetown Cricket Club pavilion purporting to be the Annual General Meeting of the Guyana Cricket Board is null, void and of no legal[effect]”.

The GCB annual general meeting and election of office bearers were witnessed by two WICB officials; Conde Riley and Imran Khan attended the AGM as observers with Riley later pronouncing on the AGM and was quoted as saying he was satisfied with the process.

The elections were held with only Essequibo’s nine delegates participating. The Berbice Cricket Board did not participate, while the Demerara Cricket Board was restrained from operating.

According to the GCB constitution, officials had mulled no less than two boards can conduct the elections and 14 of the 27 delegates were needed to convene a meeting and elections.

Efforts to contact both Durbahadur and Sanasie were futile.

The matter was put before the courts after many cricket officials had deemed the January 27 elections of the GCB unconstitutional and fraught with controversy.

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