Nandalall Clears Air
Attorney-At-Law Anil Nandalall is of the opinion that the court battle between the president of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) and another section of the DCB has no merit, especially since the case was presented before the January 22 elections, which has now been completed.
Nandalall, who is representing one of the elected presidents of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) Bissoondyal Singh, further stated that based on those circumstances they withdrew from the court battle, which was scheduled to be heard by Judge Rishi Persaud on Friday. Nandalall stressed that as an Attorney-At-Law he will not allow his filed proceedings to be “piggy-backed” upon by another set of people.
“If they need to challenge the DCB president and his executives they should do so, and if they want to challenge the elections that was held at the Lusignan Community Centre, they cannot used my own proceedings to challenge my client. It is not prudent for me to allow that,” Nandalall stated. The Attorney-At-Law further mentioned that he will not allow his client to be obstructed by some persons pretending to be part of the executive and who are using legal mechanism to gain the benefits.
Meanwhile, Singh is calling on those persons who are creating the havoc within the board to stop doing so in the interest of the game.
“I expect that good sense will prevail and the other side ( will) understand (that) what they are doing will not benefit the game, since this has not been the first time elements of that team convened and held separate elections. It happen in the 90’s by the same set of people.” Singh said his board has already established various sub-committees with the intention of restarting the cricket season in Demerara. He also mentioned that he and his executives have already met with Sports Minister Dr. Frank Anthony to discuss the way forward.
The Minister at the meeting challenged the executives to restore the game to its former glory and, in so doing, restore the confidence of the fans in the administration of cricket.
Among matters discussed were the rehabilitation and development of cricket facilities in both rural and urban Demerara, the development of a structured schools cricket programme, inclusive of training new, and upgrading existing coaches, the greater use of facilities at the National Stadium at Providence in the physical and mental developmental process of cricketers, and the implementation of a viable system to encourage cricketers to remain at home to participate in local cricket.