Possible Sanctions For Independence Cup

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Players who take part in the unofficial Independence Cup T20 competition may face possible sanctions, after the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) confirmed its decision not to give its approval to the event.

The local governing body deemed the tournament “unauthorised and unapproved”, and is also claiming that the tournament does not fall on the list of “approved cricket for Guyana” as endorsed by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

As a consequence, players are likely to face hefty sanctions including bans, according to a spokesman from the GCB on Sunday. Apart from the players, clubs, associations, venues and officials can also face penalties, the spokesman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said.

The competition, which is a collaborative effort of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) and the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association, is slated to be held on May 25 at the Albion Community Centre ground, with proceeds from the event going towards charitable organisations, such as cricket clubs, orphanages, schools and health-related activities, among others.

However, on Wednesday last the GCB, in a release signed by president Drubahadur, is contending that authority for approving cricket, not on the pre-approved list, is the West Indies Cricket Board, who may delegate such authority to the Guyana Cricket Board. The release further stated that the Berbice Cricket Board is not authorised to approve cricket not listed on the WICB list of approved cricket.

The Organising Committee for the Independence Cup T20 competition has however assured the general public that they will go ahead with plans to host the tournament. The Organising Committee considers the GCB’s action as bullyism, adding that it’s “another vindictive and callous” move by the local governing body.

We consider this another vindictive and callous act from the GCB. This is nothing but sheer bullyism, especially since the tournament was hosted two years before and they had no issue with the GCB nor the WICB,” the member said.

Dangerous precedent

Meanwhile, a former Test cricketer who spoke on anonymity, said the action by the GCB sets a dangerous precedent for the game.

Players looked forward to be part of exhilarating one-day event and now for the GCB decided[sic] to deprive them of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is not good for the game,” the cricketer said.

The competition includes the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) who are scheduled to face the East Coast Jaguars after Berbice ‘A’ would have battled Berbice ‘B’, with the two winners facing off in the final under lights.

Players such as Veerasammy Permaul, Royston Crandon, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Rajiv Ivan, Shimron Hetmyer, Kandasammy Surujnarine, Jonathan Foo, Kevin Ramdeen, Keon Joseph and Raun Johnson will be in the Berbice teams, while Demerara’s teams will have the likes of Christopher Barnwell, Trevon Griffith, Zaheer Mohamed, Chanderpaul Hemraj and Tagenarine Chanderpaul, among others.

Also on the day’s agenda is a feature softball game between Memorex and Universal DVD Club.