Guyana Seeks CARICOM Support

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Kaieteur News
Kaieteur Staff

The Guyana government, which has used a court ruling to wrestle away the authority of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and place it into the hands of an Interim Management Committee (IMC), is seeking to curry favour with Caribbean governments to support its decision.

The government has installed the IMC with veteran Guyanese cricketer Clive Lloyd at the helm to manage the affairs of Guyanese cricket, but the decision has not enjoyed the support of the West Indies Cricket Board, which refused to bow to its suggestions. Now the government is saying that the voice of the political leadership in CARICOM (the Caribbean Community) is important.

It is our expectation that a move to solicit that body and its inputs into the matter affecting cricket administration in Guyana and the relationship subsequent to the appointment of the IMC, that political considerations will be brought to bear,” Dr Roger Luncheon, Head of the Presidential Secretariat stated Wednesday. Heads of State of CARICOM meet in Suriname in March, and the government could be looking to get the matter on the agenda.

The quarrel between the GCB and the government almost left the national team out of the T20 Tournament which starts in Antigua Monday. Even while it has moved to set up the IMC and have it work over the next six months to administer cricket in Guyana, the government itself is not sure how things will work out.

Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, Wednesday said that the way forward with regards to the administrative woes in the sporting fraternity, particularly as it relates to cricket, is “not readily discernible.” The government is justifying its decision for installing the IMC by saying that it is simply complying with the court’s ruling, a fact, Luncheon said “has apparently been lost to the critics at large about the very nature of this intervention.”

In December, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport announced the formation of a 15-member IMC, based on the Chief Justice, Ian Chang’s ruling on August 22, 2010.

Part of his findings stated that, “it is a matter of common knowledge that there exists a Ministry responsible for Sport in general. This indicates that the State has assumed responsibility for the welfare, promotion and proper administration of sports in Guyana and that, since 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 sports to impose his executive will in the national interest until such time as Parliament can provide a more permanent welfare structure.”

Dr. Luncheon said that in so far as its composition is concerned, the IMC would function in the best interest of the sport, while formulating and implementing appropriate remedies to the “administrative woes” facing Guyanese cricket.

Those special interests that seek to defend the status quo ought not to be encouraged in their detrimental intrigues against the IMC and essentially against the future of cricket in Guyana,” Luncheon stated.