Guyana Out of WI Twenty20
Georgetown Guyana -The controversy over the management of cricket in Guyana has reached a new head with the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) claiming it cannot field a team for this year's Caribbean Twenty20 tournament. In a letter to the WICB, GCB secretary Anand Sanasie pinned the blame on the withdrawal on the Guyana government, which has placed the running of the game in the country in the hands of an interim management committee (MC).
Full text of letter:
4th January 2012
RE: PARTICIPATION IN THE WICB T20 2012
I refer to item three (3) of your correspondence of 30th December 2012, requesting that the Guyana Cricket Board indicate whether it can provide a team to participate in the captioned tournament and, if not, the reasons why.
I also refer to an email from the WICB Cricket Operations Officer Mr. Roland Holder requesting that a response be sent to the WICB by close of business on the 4th January 2012. We have tried our utmost to get the Government to acquiesce to the wishes of the players and the Guyana Cricket Board but to no avail.
I must regretfully inform you that the Guyana Cricket Board cannot provide a team to participate in the captioned tournament because the Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport has placed locks on the doors of our Offices and storage bond since the 24th December 2011. Despite our best endeavours these locks remain in place at the time of this communication.
This action by the Guyana government has caused tremendous administrative and logistical difficulty in the preparation and outfitting of our team. The Guyana Cricket Board will continue to pursue a solution and advise the WICB as we progress.
I take this opportunity to ask that the WICB note:
- Our participation in the Regional Four-Day Tournament would require usage of the state-owned Guyana National Stadium for all home fixtures. If the present impasse continues this facility may not be available to the GCB.
- The local WICB/DIGICEL grass root cricket programme has been placed on hold.
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