GCA, East Coast Teams Faked

Date Published: 
28-May-2014
Source: 
Guyana Times
Author: 
Rajiv Bisnauth

The East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB) and Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) officials remained puzzled up to Tuesday afternoon on who selected Under-17 teams to participate in the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) Inter-Association cricket competition that was expected to commence on Tuesday.

In addition, the association boards also protested the move by the DCB to organise the tournament, demonstrating their non-recognition of the body and its unknown executives, headed by businessman Raj Singh.

President of the GCA Roger Harper, speaking with Guyana Times Sport, claimed that the GCA did not submit a team to the DCB. Harper said, “I do not know about any DCB Inter-Association tournament or any DCB. To my understanding, there is an injunction against the DCB.

Further, chairman of the selection panel of the ECCB Raymond Barton stated that the board has not released a squad to participate in the tournament. He also indicated that the ECCB cannot be part of any DCB-organised tournament at the moment, since the DCB does not exist.

Meanwhile, in an effort to establish who actually submitted the GCA and ECCB squads to the DCB, Colin Europe, who was part of the organising committee for the tournament, declined to comment and referred this publication to the DCB administrator Melinda Bishundyal. However, efforts to reach Bishundyal were futile. Europe, however confirmed that the DCB is injuncted. Hence he has nothing to do with regard to the tournament.

The DCB, for the past four years, has been blanketed in a number of court cases, caused by a crippling power struggle that resulted 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 Demerara Cricket Board 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.