IMC to Run DCB Affairs

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

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.