Harper: I Will Decline

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Guyana Chronicle
Calvin Roberts

... Harper on GCB’s presidency

PUBLIC Relations Officer of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) and 2009 Male Sports Personality Hilbert Foster had indicated on several occasions, both privately and publicly that he is not interested in any position on the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB). Yesterday, present president of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) and former Guyana and West Indies all-rounder Roger Harper told Chronicle Sport he is not interested in the presidency of the GCB and if nominated, he would decline.

To be president of the GCB, is a complete cycle wherein you have to have a proposal from one of the County boards and at the moment, I am pleased with the work my team and I have been doing with the GCA and that’s my focus. If nominated for the GCB presidency, I would decline without hesitation,” said Harper.

The 47-year-old Harper who played 25 Test matches over a 10-year period (1983-1993), scoring 535 runs at an average of 18.44 with a top score of 74 while taking 46 wickets at an average of 28.06, with a best of 6-57, said he was interested in being reelected as president of the GCA and outlined his reasons.

When it comes to cricket, we are at a critical junction, especially in Georgetown, Demerara and Guyana on the whole. However at the GCA, my team of executives and I have started a development process here in Georgetown and I think it is only fitting that we be given another opportunity to continue same, with the best interests of the clubs at heart.

He continued, “I am satisfied with the work that was done over the past year and once I am reelected to the head of the GCA, I will be looking to continue that work and at the same time, improve our cricket at all levels, including our Pee Wee project.

When quizzed on the response from corporate Guyana after ascending to the presidency last January, the former Kenya national team coach said it was a tough challenge, but they survived the storm and help placed the cricket where it is today.

I must say that we did encounter some challenges when it comes to sponsorship of cricket in Georgetown, since some sponsors who were on board, refused to recommit themselves to the GCA. Such a decision did not pose a problem, as it allowed a new breed of sponsors to come on board with us and having seen our potential, some of them are keen to continue working with the GCA, as we seek to further enhance the game of cricket in Georgetown,” explained  Harper.

Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer of the GCA, Colin Alfred, said the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was scheduled to be held this afternoon at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) pavilion, has been cancelled.

According to Alfred, the executive body of the GCA only received the Constitution which was in the possession of the previous Secretary on December 29 2010 and, after circulating same to its member clubs, received a letter of objection from one of the clubs, indicating a breach of the constitution with regard to the time that the notice for the AGM and Elections was advertised in a daily newspaper.

The new date for the AGM and Election of Office Bearers is now the February 28, with the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) being the venue selected for same and while Harper does not know who will be challenging him for the presidency position, he feels his track record speaks volumes.

Both the clubs and the public are aware of what was done within the GCA over the past year and that’s an achievement whose record speaks volumes and I am willing to put against any previous year within the annals of the GCA.