Trouble In DCB Before AGM

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Guyana Chronicle
Chronicle Staff

GIVEN the recent spate of conflicts surrounding the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) and based on allegations surrounding the day-to-day running of the Board, present president Bissoondyal Singh may find it difficult to retain the presidency if he wishes to do so next month when the Annual General Meeting and elections of office-bearers are held.

According to sources close to the DCB, numerous discrepancies have been surfacing, with Singh’s leadership qualities being placed under the microscope on several occasions. According to one source who chose to remain anonymous, the sum of $777 220 was withdrawn from the DCB Republic Bank account number 688-711-1 for reasons unknown, with Singh informing this medium of an audited report which has been prepared for the withdrawal and same will be presented at the AGM.

However, Chronicle Sport was privy to witness the auditor’s letter, which clearly highlighted a weakness within the DCB, with regard to the withdrawal of the said sum that was allegedly used to pay established organisations, when it would have been appropriate to make such payments by cheque directly to the payee.

Furthermore, of the $777 220 which was withdrawn from the DCB’s coffers via a cheque signed by both the president and the treasurer and made payable to Samaroo Jailall the DCB’s Assistant Secretary, only $728 220 was used with the remaining sum of $49 000 being redeposited on December 7, after three area associations raised questions.

What was noted by the auditing firm was DCB’s practice to make payments mainly by cheque, which leaves some executives of the DCB to question the withdrawal of the abovementioned sum which was paid to numerous established organisations.

Added fuel to the fire involves the expenditure of $70 000 for two-way transportation of the Demerara Under-23 team to Berbice, when they challenged that County’s Under-23 side for the Leslie Amsterdam Memorial trophy at the Albion Community Centre ground in September. Upon enquiring, this reporter learnt that the total cost of transportation to and from the venue is not even half the amount stipulated by the DCB to the auditors, hence the question one should ask is where or to whom did the other $40 000 go?

Another highlighted factor was the auditing of DCB’s account, wherein the appointed auditor Parmesar Chartered Accountants, headed by Treasurer of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Harryram Parmesar found it unusual when he was asked to audit the DCB’s affairs from  January 1 to November 30.

Asked to comment on the matter, Parmesar said: “Yes, I have seen the books since they were brought to me last week Monday. However, what startled me was the DCB’s request for an 11-months audit, which is unusual in the sense that if you are going into an AGM, you do an annual report to present to the quorum and not 11 months. But being the appointed auditor, I can only comply with the client’s request.”

When contacted for a comment on the issues, Singh who is also the president of the East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB), vice-president of the GCB and chairman of the GCB’s Cricket Development Committee (CDC) refused to answer certain questions when directed at him, saying same is sub judice to a present court matter. He further stated that all questions will be answered at the appropriate time, following instructions from his attorney, since he was not prepared to answer same at the moment.

Earlier this year, a High Court order prevented a No Confidence motion from being heard at one of the DCB’s OGM held at the Georgetown Cricket Club, with the signatories to the motion being served by a High Court marshal as they entered the meeting area.

Whichever way the coin lands is hard to say, but certainly there may be some fire at the upcoming DCB’s AGM which was advertised to be held next month, leading up to the AGM of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) where a new president will be elected, following the present president Chetram Singh’s decision not to seek reelection to that office.