DCB Criticizes UDCA, Bill

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Guyana Times
Guyana Times Staff

Even as a cloud of doubt continues to hover over the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) members after supposed legitimate elections on January 25 last year, the body has placed on record its strongest objections to the recent announcement of an elections purported to be that of the Upper Demerara Cricket Association (UDCA).

A release on behalf of the board stated that, more than once, the DCB had warned the authors of this ill fated Cricket Administration Bill that the passage of the Bill in its present form will not solve the problems that have engulfed cricket administration ever since January 2011 when a few disgruntled persons branched off and held an illegal and parallel AGM of the DCB.

Further, the release indicated that the DCB has always maintained that the crux of this entire manufactured controversy lies in the thorough investigation of the events leading up to this parallel AGM. The DCB had videotaped the Executive Committee Meeting that was held in January 2011 that fixed the date and venue for its 2011 AGM, and this evidence was publicly aired on national television.

Failing to adhere to these rudimentary aspects of natural justice will only create more confusion and controversy, which seems to be the hallmark of this grouping of disgruntled administrators.

More so, there is a legal action and interlocutory injunction that currently exists against the perpetrators of this action, namely Bissoondyal Singh and Roger Harper, which is still pending in our judicial system and needs to be allowed to have its natural progression throughout that process. The DCB is also aware that UDCA also has an injunction against that body, the release concluded.

Bradley Fredericks was elected president of the UDCA when the body held its Annual General Meeting on April 27 last.

On the other hand, the DCB, for the past four years, has been blanketed in one court case after the other, resulting in factions led by businessmen Bissoondyal Singh and Raj Singh. Eventually, a court ruling in the High Court prohibited both factions from acting on behalf of the entity after both factions held separate elections back in January of 2010.

Surprisingly, the Raj Singh faction of the DCB subsequently held elections, but more than a year later it is unclear who were the persons elected to hold positions on the board. The ECCB and GCA were not part of the DCB elections. Hours before the elections another injunction was served against the Raj Singh faction.

The injunction was granted to plaintiffs Roger Harper and Davteerth Anandjit and the defendants named in the court document were Rajendra Singh, Lalta Digamber, Anand Sanasie, Alfred Mentore, Anand Kalladeen, Ravindranauth Persaud, Ronald Sarjoo, Nazimul Drepaul, Colin Europe, Ray Persaud, Krishnchand Mangal, Chetram Singh, Lionel Jaikaran, Ramsey Ali, Fizul Bacchus, Dru Bahadur, Troy Mendonca, Terrence Holder and Rayon Griffith.

The interim injunction restrains the defendants “by themselves, their servants and or agents acting collectively or individually…from convening or causing to be convened or holding an Annual General Meeting of the DCB on January 25, 2013 or any other date for the purpose of the election of office bearers to the Executive Committee of the DCB for the period 2013 to 2015 term of office”.

The elections may have been held so as to ensure that there was some amount of validity to Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) elections and that there would had have been a quorum to facilitate the local governing body’s elections.