Players Seek President’s Help
The administrative rift within the local cricket fraternity has reached an alarming level and several local players that have represented or are representing the regional cricket team are requesting a meeting with President Donald Ramotar to have the situation return to a semblance of normalcy.
Among those players are reliable middle order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Christopher Barnwell, Sewnarine Chattergoon and spin bowler, Devendra Bishoo. The players are adamant that unless the current situation is rectified they stand to undergo unnecessary and unwarranted hardships. The players concern comes just one day after Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport (MCYS) Dr Frank Anthony convened a media briefing in his Ministry’s Main Street boardroom to indicate Government’s stance on the cricketing issue.
The Minister had stressed that there is nothing sinister about his Ministry’s intervention and in fact he was more concerned with mending the rift between the warring factions, while healing of Guyana’s cricket.
To this extent, an Interim Management Council (IMC) led by former West Indies captain, Clive Lloyd has been charged to solve the numerous discrepancies that have arisen with the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).
Below is the full text of the players’ letter.
We the selected players of the Guyana National Cricket team are respectfully requesting a meeting with you or any appropriate designate with regards to our continued participation in West Indies Cricket Board and International Cricket Council events.
Some of our major concerns which we wish to address are listed below:
We have learned of the WICB’s directive to the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) on their ability to provide a team for the upcoming Caribbean T20 Cup 2012. We are also aware that only teams nominated and sent by the GCB, the sole cricket authority in Guyana, would be accepted. Further, we have been privy to the communication sent to the Honorable Minister of Sports, Frank Anthony indicating the same position.
Sir, we wish to emphasize that we earn our livelihood from playing cricket and WICB and ICC events constitute the major part of our career earnings.
We are the proud representatives of a rich legacy of cricket, and many of us have already represented our country with honour while there are others on the sideline awaiting an opportunity to do so.
We respectfully ask in light of the above developments that the Government of Guyana remove all impediments including the padlocks on the GCB office doors as they hinder the Guyana Cricket Board from fully functioning, and by extension, curtailing us from earning our livelihood the way we are best suited.
We ask that some measure of care be demonstrated for our welfare and that statements making their rounds and suggesting that the Government is prepared to accept a ban on participation from all cricket, be rescinded since we are the ones who would suffer under such an imposition.
We look forward to a meeting with you to hammer out a solution to this problem and have affixed our signatures to this correspondence.