DCB Elections Saga Unacceptable – Kumar

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

The ongoing battle between the two factions of the Demerara Cricket Board’s ( DCB) executives has caught the attention of Director of Sports Neil Kumar. Kumar told this publication that the situation as it relates to the DCB elections saga is unacceptable.

The Annual General Meeting ( AGM) and elections of the troubled cricket board is slated for tomorrow and, according to the sports director, the executives need to resolve this intolerable situation amicably before tomorrow’s election. “I would like to appeal to the factions involved to resolve this situation in an amicable manner, since they are all gentlemen and respectable individuals at different levels," Kumar stressed.

Kumar further revealed that in the interest of the game and our cricketers, this ongoing battle between the DCB’s executives can only be detrimental. “Who ever has to give way needs to do so in a professional manner and continue to support whom so ever will carry on in the interest of Guyana’s cricket,” Kumar stated.

The Director of Sports said that Demerara has over the years benefited tremendously in the development of various cricketing infrastructure. However, it is appalling to see the administrators within the county displaying such impulsive attitudes.

My serious concern is that the government has spent enormous amounts of money to construct the National Stadium, of which cricket is one of the prime beneficiaries, and as such our cricket should develop very seriously in Demerara. The construction of the cricket hostel in LBI is also another huge development in Demerara,” Kumar added.

The director is of the opinion that more effort is needed to help resolve the current situation created by the DCB executives in order for the sport to develop. The two factions of the DCB executives, controlled by President Bissoondyal Singh and Vice-president Annand Sanasie have been at loggerheads over a number of issues that have prompted the commotion within the board of recent.

The latest uproar at last Monday’s meeting has further divided the board after the Bissoondyal Singh faction had reported that the AGM will be held either at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) or the Lusignan Community Centre (LCC), based on the availability of each venue. However, the Sanasie faction on Tuesday called a press conference stating that the AGM will be held at the Wales Community Centre, West Bank Demerara at 14:00 hours.

Following the press conference by the Sanasie faction the DCB President, Bissoondyal Singh, through his attorneys, Mohabir Anil Nandlall, Euclin Gomes and Manoj Narayan, applied for an ex parte injunction against the respondents/defendants, Anand Sanasie, Rajendra Singh, Lalta Degamber, Nazimul Drepaul, Rohan Sarjoo and Krishchand Mangal, barring them from holding meetings to change decisions made at an executive meeting which was held Monday last at the Guyana Cricket Board’s head office.

Chief Justice Ian Chang, based on the request, granted the ex parte injunction to the DCB President Bissoondyal Singh, Pritipaul Jaigobin, Roger Harper, Robert Adonis and Samaroo Jailall, restraining the secretary of the DCB Rajendra Singh from convening any executive meeting until January 21 (today) when the matter will be heard at 15:00 hours.

According to Bissoondyal Singh, elections are scheduled for January 22 (tomorrow) at the Lusignan Community Centre and not the Wales Community Centre, as reported in other sections of the media.

Singh said that the number of delegates expected to vote are as follows: Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) 10; West Demerara Cricket Association (WDCA) 11; East Coast Demerara Cricket Association (ESDCA) 16; and East Bank Demerara Cricket Association (EBDCA) 10.

Monday’s special meeting was held after Chief Justice Ian Chang on January 14 ruled that the Executive Committee of the DCB shall hold a meeting to decide on the matters relevant to the AGM and elections, and that the AGM must be held on or before January 24 at a place and time decided upon by the very executive.

Chang had previously granted a temporary order, barring the DCB from holding the AGM, which was scheduled for earlier this month, after vice-president of the DCB, Anand Sanasie, had filed an ex parte application by way of affidavit on December 23, 2010, to stall the holding of the AGM. The last Executive Meeting of the DCB was held in May last year.