Disputes Cripple DCB Facilities
The Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) practice facility is now the dwelling place for animals and weeds as it awaits the resolution of a number of legal issues before the facility is officially handed over to the executive of the parent body.
Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Anand Sanasie confirmed that the facility, which is housed in the compound of the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) ground, Woolford Avenue, Georgetown, has been completed for some time now.
However, Sanasie explained that currently legal matters both at the GCB and DCB levels are preventing the GCB from handing over the facility. Both bodies are currently awaiting the outcome of one court matter or another, rendering them incapable of ensuring the smooth flow of operations at the administrative level.
At this stage, it is still unclear when the facility will be operational.
“We at the GCB were ready to hand over the facility to the DCB, but other legal matters came up and the GCB had to put that process down once everything is resolved. When the legal issues are sorted out, we hand it over to the DCB,” Sanasie said via telephone on Thursday.
Meanwhile, when Guyana Times Sport visited the DCB facility on Thursday, vegetation had taken over the door while the fence that encloses the practice pitches was completely covered in knee-high grass. Electrical installations to power the facility have been completed by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).
The centre was constructed, with the intention of housing the secretariat of the DCB and hosting county teams preparing for tournaments. The facility, along with other projects in Essequibo and Berbice, was built from the Allen Stanford US$100,000 grant which Guyana earned when it won the inaugural Stanford Twenty20 tournament in 2006.