Raj DCB Under-15 Competition
Even though a cloud of doubt continues to linger over the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) executives, the board is in the process of organising the annual inter-association cricket competition for Under-15 cricketers in the county.
Reports reaching this publication indicate that the competition is for players born on or after September 1, 1998 and shall be used to select players to represent the county in the Guyana Cricket Board Inter-County competition, which is scheduled to start by the end of March.
Further, representative teams are asked to have their submission of players, managers and coaches by Monday.
The start of this DCB Inter-Association tournament is fixed for March 15, at venues to be announced. The tournament format shall be 50-overs duration, starting at 09:30 hours daily, with playing conditions to be discussed with team management before the start of tournament.
This publication understands that member associations have been asked make contact with Raj Singh, Colin Europe and/or Alfred Mentore to formalise arrangements for the hosting of the tournament.
Meanwhile, president of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Roger Harper, and head of the East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB), Bissoondyal Singh, when contacted on Saturday, revealed that the two bodies will not be part of the tournament, since attempts were still being made to garner the names of the purported DCB.
“The ECCB cannot be part of any DCB-organised tournaments at the moment. The DCB doesn’t exist,” Singh said.
Harper said, “I do not know about any DCB. To my understanding, there is an injunction against the DCB.”
Both Singh and Harper had written to president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dr Julian Hunte, on February 9 and 28 respectively, enquiring about the names of those persons representing the DCB at the recently held GCB elections.
In the letter the duo stated, “As the two (2) major constituent members of the four (4)-member DCB, we respectfully request your assistance in providing us with the names of those persons who purportedly represented the DCB at the illegal GCB elections. This vital information has not been made public and it appears to be a closely-guarded secret.”
The duo is also questioning the legality of the GCB elections. The WICB is still to respond to Singh and Harper’s request.
The DCB, for the past three years, has been blanketed in one court case after the other, caused by a crippling power struggle that resulted in factions led by businessmen, Bissoondyal Singh and Raj Singh. Eventually, a court ruling in the High Court prohibited both factions from acting on behalf of the entity after both factions held separate elections back in January of 2010.
Surprisingly, the Raj Singh faction of the DCB subsequently held elections, but more than a month later it is unclear who are the members elected to hold positions on the board.
Both the ECCB and GCA were not part of the DCB elections. Hours prior to the DCB elections another injunction was served against the Raj Singh faction.
The injunction was granted to plaintiffs Roger Harper and Davteerth Anandjit and the defendants named in the court document were Rajendra Singh, Lalta Digamber, Anand Sanasie, Alfred Mentore, Anand Kalladeen, Ravindranauth Persaud, Ronald Sarjoo, Nazimul Drepaul, Colin Europe, Ray Persaud, Krishnchand Mangal, Chetram Singh, Lionel Jaikaran, Ramsey Ali, Fizul Bacchus, Drubahadur, Troy Mendonca, Terrence Holder and Rayon Griffith.
The interim injunction restrains the defendants “by themselves, their servants and or agents acting collectively or individually…from convening or causing to be convened or holding an Annual General Meeting of the Demerara Cricket Board on January 25, 2013 or any other date for the purpose of the election of office bearers to the Executive Committee of the Demerara Cricket Board for the period 2013 to 2015 term of office.”
However, observers have maintained that elections were held so as to ensure that there was some amount of validity to GCB elections that were held on January 27 and that there would had have been a quorum to facilitate the local governing body’s elections.