IMC to Run DCB Affairs
While the two feuding factions of the Demerara Cricket Board are debarred from performing any duties of the DCB through a High Court order issued by Justice James Bovell Drakes, Guyana Times Sport was reliably informed that the ‘relevant authorities’ are in the process in implementing an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to run the board’s affairs.
“What I know is at present the relevant authorities are in the process in implementing an Interim Management Committee (IMC). The IMC will be made up of members of each sub-association and this can be done by month end,” the source, who wished to remain anonymous, said. The source further informed this publication that the move by the relevant authorities could be a long term solution, taking into consideration the nature of the DCB dilemma.
“Cricket is suffering here and not those power-drunken board individuals. No one knows when the court battle will be over, or will it ever be over?” the source questioned.
The ongoing saga began in May 2009 when three of the four DCB area associations planned to file a no-confidence motion against the then DCB president Bissoondyal Singh. But that was not the only issue. At the beginning of this year the board was divided into two separate factions, which lead to two separate elections on January 22.
The Bissoondyal Singh-led DCB elections for office-bearers were held at the Lusignan Community Centre, where only delegates from the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) and the East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB) voted, while the Raj Singh-led group held their own AGM at the Wales Community Development Centre. That meeting was largely attended by representatives of the East Bank Demerara Cricket Association (EBDCA) and the West Demerara Cricket Association (WDCA).
After those separate elections were held, the Bissoondyal-Singh-led Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) on January 28 withdrew their court case against the Raj-Singh-led DCB. This publication had learnt then that the Bissoondyal Singh side withdrew their case because they felt that it made no sense for the court matter to be dragging along, especially since the case was presented before the January 22 elections, which was completed.
At that point Raj Singh, who has the support of West Demerara and East Bank Demerara clubs, was proclaiming victory because of Bissoondyal Singh’s withdrawal of the court case. However, Bissoondyal on the other hand, who has the support of the East Coast and the majority of Georgetown clubs, was also claiming that his faction was the ‘real’ Demerara Board.
With neither side backing down, both factions commenced their board’s related work and named their respective sub-committees. The Bissoondyal-Singh-led DCB was then registered under the Friendly Societies Act. That move has steamed more controversies between the two factions and has led to the Raj Singh faction going to the court, where they filed an injunction prohibiting the Bissoondyal Singh faction from acting as the legal DCB.
After several appearances before Justice James Bovell Drakes, both factions are now debarred from performing any duties of the DCB. Meanwhile, this publication has learnt that on May 17, Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled that the Bissoondyal Singh-led DCB was illegally registered under the Friendly Societies Act.
The court deemed that the DCB led by Bissoondyal Singh did not have sufficient members, since the laws governing the Friendly Societies Act state that an entity must have at least seven members before it can be registered. Subsequently, that decision by Chief Justice Ian Chang was reportedly challenged by the Attorney General’s Chambers, as well as the Office of the Registrar of Friendly Societies.
However, two prominent sport administrators opined that the move by the relevant authorities to have an IMC is in the best interest of the game.