GCB Move Has No Merit

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

A well known attorney revealed to this publication yesterday that the move by the controversially elected Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) to have the High Court nullify the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport’s decision to set up an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to over look the administration of Guyana’s cricket has no merit.

The attorney, who wishes to remain anonymous, disclosed that the GCB’s move to the High Court has no merit, especially since the Honourable Chief Justice Ian Chang on August 22 had ruled that an IMC shall assume the administration of cricket nationally, in lieu of the Guyana Cricket Board.

I expect that good sense will prevail and those who moved to the court (will) understand (that) what they are doing is of no merit. You cannot expect double standard ruling by the chief justice. I don’t think that the chief justice is naïve,” the Attorney-At-Law said.

The chief justice in his ruling also stated that “in the present state of affairs, while a legislative structure for the administration of cricket is desirable, there may be the immediate need for the minister responsible for sport to impose his executive will in the national interest until such time as Parliament can provide a more permanent welfare structure. The minister can take immediate interim remedial action while the legislature seeks to provide a more permanent solution.”

Guyana Times Sport understands that Lionel Jaikarran and Chetram Singh, in their capacities as trustees of the GCB, through Attorneys, Fenton H. W. Ramsahoye and/ or Sanjeev J. Datadin, filed an ‘Order or Rule Nisi of Certiorari’ on Wednesday December 28 seeking to quash the implementation of the IMC.

The GCB saga came to a head with the holding of a controversial Annual General Meeting and elections on July 10 which was attended by nine members of the Essequibo Cricket Board and only a few representatives from the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB). This led to Angela Haniff, in her capacity as secretary of the BCB, filing an injunction against the newly elected GCB claiming that the executives were elected unconstitutionally.

Based on the Chief Justice’s ruling on August 22, the sport minister met with the various representatives of the previously recognised boards to apprise them of the government’s intention. The minister and the then president of Guyana, Bharat Jagdeo, and Clive Lloyd met with Dr Julian Hunte, WICB president.

Following the outcome of that meeting the minister again met with representatives of the previously recognised boards and decided on the formation of the Interim Management Committee, which was put into effect on December 23.

The IMC will be in place for a limited period of six months. During this period it would report on a monthly basis to the minister of sport. Upon completion of its work it will report on its major findings, make recommendations for the way forward and invite an authority with competence in electoral matters to hold elections for office bearers at both the regional and national levels.

The Interim Management Committee will comprise of fifteen members. Eight of these persons would come from the previously recognised boards. Of the eight persons, two would represent Berbice, two Essequibo, two would represent the previously recognised Guyana Cricket Board, and one representative each coming from the factions of the Demerara Board.

Former West Indies captain, Clive Hubert Lloyd, has been appointed as chairman of the IMC. Edward Lookhoo, Anthony Xavier, Norman McClean, Harry Parmesar and Alfred King are the other personnel on the IMC. A seventh person will be named shortly.

Meanwhile, this publication was reliably informed that the IMC is expected to convene their first meeting this morning at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport from 09:00h.