Lloyd Slams Guyana Withdrawal

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Following Guyana’s withdrawal from next week’s Caribbean T20 tournament, Clive Lloyd, the chairman of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) revealed that the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) should take full responsibility for the act.

The point is you have to say the GCB is responsible for the team’s withdrawal. The Government had a chat with them (GCB officials) 4 or 5 months ago and we discussed the IMC and there was no difficulty. There was one area in which the IMC was working with the GCB, but that has taken a different turn. This IMC issue was not thrown at them 5 to 10 minutes ago. Rather, this was something that was talked about and they realised what would happen if things did not fall in place,” Lloyd, the former West Indies captain told media operatives yesterday at a press briefing held at the Sport Ministry’s boardroom.

Lloyd who represented the West Indies in 110 Test matches between 1966 and 1985 is optimistic that good sense will prevail and Guyana will be part of the tournament since it would be a tragedy if Guyana does not take part.

I am in talks with members of the GCB to let them understand that this team was chosen by them and not by the government. All I am appealing to them for is to let the team go and be part of the tournament. Then we [can] sit down around the table and discuss the future of cricket in Guyana. I don’t see what the problem is. It seems somewhat semantic and that individuals are hampering young people from plying their trade, which I think is disastrous and sad,” Lloyd added.

The GCB has claimed it cannot field a team for this year’s Caribbean Twenty20 tournament. In a letter to the WICB, GCB secretary Anand Sanasie pinned the blame of the withdrawal on the Guyana government, which has placed the running of the game in the country in the hands of an IMC.

Sanasie, in his letter which was leaked to the media, claimed that the GCB tried their utmost to get the Government to acquiesce to the wishes of the players and the GCB but to no avail. The letter also states that the GCB decided on the team’s withdrawal because the government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport has placed locks on the doors of the GCB offices and storage bond since December 24, 2011.

“Despite our best endeavours these locks remain in place and as such has caused tremendous administrative and logistical difficulty in the preparation and outfitting of our team,” the letter concluded.

Meanwhile, Lloyd revealed that the GCB Cricket Development Officer, Robin Singh, along with the players, were notified of Government’s willingness to assist the team. Lloyd also revealed that Singh was informed of the Ministry’s readiness to allow Board officials entry into the Board’s office.

The team was due to leave Guyana this weekend to participate in the 10- team competition.