GCB Presidency Race – Part 4

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

The Biennial General Meeting of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) is sixteen days away. After the elections a new leader, and hopefully new bunch executives will be in place.

Three possible candidates have indicated their inter est to fill the top placement. They are Bissoondyal Singh the current vice president of the GCB, Ramsay Ali marketing manager of the GCB, and former secretary of the GCB Bishwa Panday, who has indicated his interest only if the respective county boards share his vision. From all indications, it looks possible that Bissoondyal Singh and Ramsay Ali may be the two contesting the position, since both men have been endorsed by various sports administrators and prominent individuals.

Bissoondyal Singh, whose aim is to restore the image of the board at the executive level, through prudent management with accountability and transparency, is fully supported by Chairman of the National Cricket Selectors, Claude Raphael, who indicated that Singh is a young, bright, energetic and very personable individual with excellent administrative skills, who played club cricket in the 1980s. “He manages his own business, has a passion for the game, and he is willing to learn. He may make mistakes, but it is up to us the older heads to assist him as we move forward.

On the other hand Ramsay Ali who has been involved with GCB management for the past four years, believe that with his ability to manage people and execute projects from bottom up will bring to the board a different skill set that is missing. He has gained the support of renowned sports journalist and Sports Consultant to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira. Perriera feels Ali is the best candidate for the presidency since he is capable of bringing all the stakeholders together in the best interest of Guyana’s cricket.

Ali was also given the thumbs up from President of the Scout Association of Guyana, Ron Robinson, who endorsed Ali’s work ethic as an administrator.

Meanwhile, the Berbice Cricket Board has distanced itself from the issue. President of the BCB Keith Foster told Guyana Times Sports that the board has taken a neutral position at this moment as regards the GCB election. “The BCB is not obliged to single out any specific individual for the position. However, we are awaiting the outcome of the Demerara Cricket Board’s elections to decide who will gain the support from the BCB," Foster related.

Foster further revealed that at present the GCB elections are not his board’s priority. “The BCB’s priority at this present moment is the development of cricket in Berbice and not the GCB election,” foster stressed.

When asked if the BCB will throw its support behind the board’s Marketing Consultant Bishwa Panday at the appropriate time, Foster said that his board is not obligated to nominate Panday for the position of presidency. “We respect Mr. Panday for the professional manner in which he executes his duties as marketing consultant,” Foster said.

The Biennial General Meeting and elections of the GCB will take place on Sunday, January 30, at the Georgetown Cricket Club pavilion.