DCB Executive Flouts Law

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Guyana Times
Roger Harper

Dear Editor,

We note that an article in the Kaieteur News of March 20, 2013 that a body calling itself the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) has announced that it is staging an Inter-Association Under-15 Competition. The article further stated that the DCB has been recognised by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) as the sole administrative authority for cricket in Demerara and that the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) and the East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB) have ignored their parent body (the DCB).

The GCA and the ECCB need to set the record straight on the misinformation being peddled by this illegal DCB. Apart from Raj Singh, the other purported members of the DCB are not known to the public. We made many requests, including one to the president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dr Julian Hunte, to disclose the names of the persons holding themselves out as executive members of the DCB. This is the first time since the formation of the DCB in 1992 that the committee members of that board are not known either to the constituent members or to the public.

This is a very secretive arrangement and does not bode well for the decency and transparency of cricket administration in Guyana.

In June 2011, Justice James Bovell-Drakes injuncted both the Raj Singh/Anand Sanasie faction and the Bissoondyal Singh/Roger Harper faction preventing them from acting as the DCB. In January 2013, Madame Justice Diana Insanally granted an order preventing the holding of elections of the DCB on January 25, 2013 or at any other time. The Raj Singh/Anand Sanasie faction disrespectfully proceeded to hold the elections on January 25. However, because of the court orders the Bissoondyal Singh/Roger Harper faction has not performed any duty or function of the DCB and definitely did not attend any purported elections of the DCB.

Remarkably, this phantom group calling itself the DCB has not only illegally imposed itself on the administration of Demerara cricket but has now carried their illegality to a new low by selecting under 15 teams in a discriminatory manner for the GCA and the ECCB.

The GCA and the ECCB have properly constituted executive committees and because of their strong cricket structures, have produced and continue to produce outstanding national cricketers at all levels. The other two constituent members of the DCB—East Bank Demerara Cricket Association (EBDCA) and the West Demerara Cricket Association (WDCA)—do not have any cricket structure in place and yet it is these two associations which disrespected the court, held illegal elections and now with apparent impunity hold themselves out as the DCB.

This phantom DCB does not have the legal or moral authority to stage any cricket competition nor to select teams especially from those areas which have dissociated themselves from that illegal group.

The GCA and the ECCB would like the public to know that our associations are not involved, in any way, in this under-15 competition run by the supposed DCB, and did not select a team to participate in the competition.  Therefore the teams selected by the DCB are not representative of the GCA or ECCB.

We wish to categorically state that, in addition to respecting the court orders, we fully support the parliamentary process which we expect will bring order to the prevailing chaos in Guyana cricket including the holding of decent and democratic elections of the DCB.

Roger Harper, President Georgetown Cricket Association and

Bissoondyal Singh, President East Coast Cricket Board