Harper Hopes To Remain GCA President

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Guyana Chronicle
Ras Abdalla

… thinks it’s a defining moment in Guyana’s cricket

INCUMBENT president of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), Roger Harper, is confident of retaining his position when the body holds its annual general meeting tomorrow at the GNIC Sports Club.

The former Guyana and West Indies all-rounder and International coach, speaking to Chronicle Sport yesterday expressed his satisfaction with being at the helm of the administration for the sport in the City for the first time.

I am pretty delighted with the way the first year has gone. I think that most of the objectives we had set out to achieve we have managed to achieve and I don’t think that there is much that we didn’t do. We held a number of clinics, including skills development and a couple of workshops as well, apart from running the usual competitions."

One of the competitions that caught the attention of all was the Haier Cup which was sponsored by Queens Bay of NY and had lots of prizes and incentives at stake. In effect, this allowed the players to raise their game and hence the level of the whole competition. Due to some of the outstanding performances a number of players have been propelled into the first team of their respective clubs.

Having said all that, I think a year is a pretty short time for an executive to accomplish much, so it is important that we follow up on the work already started last year. We see the coming year as very important and I think it is an opportunity for this current Executive to look to build on the work that was started last year.

For me the disappointment would be, not being able to get our website functioning the way we would want it to be like. While it is up and running it is not providing the sort of information that I would like to see. The vision is to provide in-depth detailed information on the GCA, all players and clubs affiliated with the GCA, as well as coaching tips. Once returned into office that would be an immediate priority.

Harper, who has coached mainly outside of Guyana, has a wealth of experience and exposure to his credit but has never been appointed to coach the national side. As an administrator, Harper feels it is important always to put the players and game before self if one is serious about the development of the sport, adding that the advantage a past player brings to administration is “a greater understanding of what is required to advance the game and that is passion and love - two key ingredients”

Influencing positive changes to the game is also very important for the development of players and the game. In Guyana I have always felt that we have tremendous amounts of talent in all sports, especially cricket. I think it is time we find ways to harness and nurture the latent talent so as to refine it to world class levels. Over the years we haven’t done anything to produce any player of high quality. Thus here is a defining moment in Guyana’s cricket and it is also an opportunity to turn things around,” Harper advised.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s elections of the GCA, Harper said that while he is yet to hear of anyone’s intention to challenge his position, he is not going to become complacent and feels that he and his executive will be retained to administrate the sport in the City.

We are very committed to meaningful development of cricket and look forward to continuing building on what we have started in 2010. I must thank the various sponsors, whole-heartedly, for supporting our programmes and making the past year a success. It shows that there are businesses out there that are willing to sponsor once they see committed people involved. We look forward to their continued sponsorship and support in a bigger and better way in 2011.

We must also thank the clubs and players for their cooperation and efforts in 2010 and thank them for the opportunity to serve them. We look forward to serving you all again,” Harper concluded.