Guyana To Host CCC, J'ca Matches

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Guyana has been confirmed to host the final two rounds in this year’s regional Four-Day and Super50 tournaments against the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) and Jamaica, a development that signals the return of cricket to the territory for the first time in over a year.

President of the Guyana Cricket Board, Drubahadur on Thursday confirmed that the matches will be played between March 30 and April 14, after the moratorium placed on setting matches to be played here was withdrawn by the West Indies Cricket Board WICB).

However, according to the GCB president, the venue to host the games have not yet been confirmed and it is unclear whether the Guyana National Stadium will be made available by the Guyana government, taking into consideration the current impasse between the government and GCB.

On Wednesday, Guyana Times Sport gathered from stadium manager and former Minister of Public Works, Anthony Xavier that the GCB has made a formal request for the use of the stadium. According to Xavier the request has been sent to the Sport Ministry for the necessary approval.

When contacted on Thursday, Permanent Secretary within the Sport Ministry, Alfred King indicated that he was unaware of any request made by the GCB.

I haven’t seen any request. This is the first time I am hearing about this. I don’t know of any request or any regional games coming here,” King said.

Last year several regional and the Test match between West Indies and Australia from April 23-27, were pulled by the WICB from Guyana, after the Guyana government set up an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to run cricket in Guyana following controversial elections in July of 2011.

Throughout the impasse, the WICB maintained its position that it recognised only the GCB as the sole governing body responsible for the administration, management and development of cricket in Guyana.

More so, the WICB at its directors meeting on January 18 said it was pleased with the progress being made and the movement towards the normalisation of the administrative situation in Guyana.

The board also approved a recommendation by the GCB, to tentatively schedule one of the West Indies/Pakistan Test matches for the Guyana National stadium in July this year.

GoG mulling court action

Meanwhile, the GoG is currently mulling court action against the WICB for contempt of court and the violation of a ruling handed down by the High Court of Guyana with respect to the GCB.

When contacted recently, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall said that “it is in the pipeline”, explaining briefly that government has not ruled out pursuing any course to bring order to the cricket industry and its affairs which have been largely in a state of decline over the past few years.

Government recently condemned the WICB for sending two directors to witness the recent general elections of the GCB. Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon had also accused the WICB of disregarding the ruling of the High Court which had issued an injunction stopping the elections from taking place.

Dr. Luncheon noted then that the WICB was aware of the legal issues surrounding the GCB when it sent representatives to observe the poll “and proceeded to anoint the new office bearers.”