Peters: BCB Will Boycott GCB

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Executives of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) are viewing the newly elected executive of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) as illegal and have signaled their intention not to be part of such an entity. Malcolm Peters, a former Vice-president of the GCB and current executive member of the BCB, told Guyana Times Sport yesterday via telephone that the BCB has unanimously decided not to be part of what they termed an illegally installed GCB.

We will not participate in any activity the GCB has. Also we will not attend any meeting with those so-called executives of the GCB,” Peters disclosed.

Peters said that the BCB has not accepted the results from the recently held AGM and elections, and as such, the BCB is currently seeking legal advice on the way forward. He described last Sunday elections as “ slap dash” and revealed that the BCB does not recognize the newly installed GCB.

Even if the GCB counted the two Berbice members that were present, that would only make it 11 delegates. The other persons present were not members of the BCB and were taken to the meeting by David Black,” Peters said.

At no time was David Black, who is the current first Vice-president of the Berbice Cricket Board, authorized to vote at any meeting of the GCB. He was only authorized to attend as an observer.” The election, which was delayed for more than five months, saw 10 delegates voting – nine from Essequibo and Black from Berbice.

Many officials have labelled the election unconstitutional and illegal especially since only one county board voted fully. The constitution states that 14 members constitute a quorum and no less than two county boards must contest the GCB elections. However, the newly elected president Ramsey Ali and other members, including former president Chetram Singh, have said that 12 delegates formed a quorum.

The BCB decided to pull out of the GCB election, citing financial mismanagement among other irregularities. However, Vice-president Black went against the board’s decision and voted along with the nine other delegates from Essequibo Cricket Board. Meanwhile, the BCB will now meet on August 14 to decide Black’s fate on the board.

Black in a recent interview with this publication defended his decision. He stated that his decision to go against the mandate of the BCB was solely his and in the best interest of Guyana’s cricket.

It was solely my decision and in the best interest of Guyana’s cricket. In my opinion, the BCB wanted their own candidate. They never wanted Ramsey Ali or Anand Sanasie. I was not satisfied with the BCB decision not to participate in the elections, and what should have happened before the elections was that the BCB should have called a special general meeting to get members to discuss their participation in the GCB electoral process, but that was never done,” Black disclosed.

The election was stalled because of the board’s breach of regulations under the Friendly Societies Act, which requires all societies registered under it to submit, by May 1 of each year, the Annual Returns of the previous calendar year, ending December 31. Chief Justice Ian Chang had nullified the July 25, 2008, registration of the GCB under the Friendly Societies Act, which meant that the board was no longer obligated to observe the requirements of the Friendly Societies Act and was free to go ahead and hold elections.

Leading up to the July 10 ballot, the then Chairman of the Senior Selection Committee Claude Raphael moved to the High Court with a view to stopping the AGM and elections to ensure the then incumbent Chetram Singh and some of his executives iron out all financial irregularities, but his proposal was denied by Justice James Bovell Drakes on July 9.

This decision by the court prompted former GCB Vice-president, Bissoondyal Singh, to withdraw from the GCB presidential race. Ex-GCB secretary Bishwa Panday who was also a presidential hopeful did not participate in the electoral process. As such, former GCB Marketing Manager Ramsey Ali, the lone candidate, was voted into office.