DCB Saga Takes Another Twist

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Despite the ongoing court battle that will decide which faction is the legitimate body to run Demerara Cricket, the Raj Singh faction yesterday, through a press release, called on all area associations to start preparing their Under-15 teams for the annual DCB Inter-Association competition, which is scheduled to begin by month end.

However, according to a source close to the Raj Singh faction, the decision to release any information on behalf of the DCB is “unethical”, since there is an ongoing court battle with the other faction.

Both factions of the DCB are expected to return to court on February 28 for the commencement of oral arguments, after an injunction was filed by Krishnchand Mangal in his capacity as secretary of the Raj Singh DCB faction on February 10. The injunction restrains the defendants, their servants and/ or agents, or whomsoever, from acting, operating, per forming, functioning and/ or discharging, in any manner whatsoever, any functions, duties or obligations of, or belonging to, the Demerara Cricket Board.

It also prevents the Bissoon Singh faction, in which the other defendants are Roger Harper, Pretipaul Jaigobin, Davteerth Anandjit, Samaroo Jailall, Edward Richmond, Nigel Bissu, Neil Barry, Shawn Massiah, Manoj Narayan, Claude Raphael and Ronal Williams, from holding themselves as office bearers of the DCB, whether individually and/ or jointly as the Executive Committee of the said DCB, until the hearing and determination of a summons returnable for Monday, February 14, at 09:15hrs.

However, at Monday’s hearing before Justice James Bovell Drakes, attorney for the Bissoondyal Singh DCB faction, Anil Nandlall, revealed to this publication that he, Mr. Fitz Peters and Ms. Emily Dotson entered an appearance for the respondents. Nandlall further mentioned that it is imperative that the matter be expedited and, as such, requested two days to file and serve an affidavit in response to the application made before the court.

Based on that request, attorney for the plaintiff Krishnchand Mangal, Roysdale Forde, also requested two days leave to reply to the defendants’ affidavit. Justice James Bovell Drakes then ordered Nandlall to put his submission in writing before returning to court on February 28 for the commencement of oral arguments.

Meanwhile, the release from the Raj Singh faction’s Public Relations Officer, Rohan Sarjoo, stated that the Competitions Committee of the DCB will meet shortly to set the fixtures for the Under-15 competition and the Competitions Committee Chairpersons or their representatives from all areas including East Bank Demerara, East Coast Demerara, Georgetown and West Demerara are asked to contact the DCB Chairman of the Competitions Committee, Colin Europe at 611-6675 or 220-2338, or at the Guyana Cricket Board Office before the end of this week.

This competition is fully sponsored and will be run off on a round robin basis. It will be used to select the Demerara team to participate in the annual Castrol Inter-County tournament to be run off by the GCB in March, 2011. Area associations are also put on notice that the Inter-Association Under-19 competitions will be run off immediately after this competition.

While it is important for cricket to be played, a source from the Guyana Cricket Board informed this publication that the competition will be illegal since the legitimate board is not yet decided.

The Bissoondyal Singh faction had recently withdrawn their case in its entirety against the other DCB faction led by Raj Singh. Both factions claim to be the legally installed DCB and have commenced cricket-related planning for the game in Demerara.