WICB Relocates Third Test
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Saturday advised that following engagement with the Government of Guyana on matters pertaining to the Cricket Administration Bill in Guyana, the parties have not been able to find a mutually agreeable resolution.
The WICB said in a statement that it has serious reservations that the Cricket Administration Bill, which was passed in the Guyana National Assembly, thrusts the administration of cricket in Guyana from an independent body to the Government of Guyana. This, the WICB views, as undesirable and inconsistent with International Cricket Council (ICC) tenets, said the statement.
The WICB said it sought an undertaking from President Donald Ramotar that the bill not be signed into law until these matters are resolved. The Board gave its commitment that once President Ramotar provided such an undertaking all arrangements in Guyana will be kept in place.
Regrettably, the WICB said it has not received such an undertaking from President Ramotar. As a consequence, the WICB said it was left with no option but to relocate the third Test between West Indies and New Zealand from Guyana.
The WICB is currently considering alternative venues and the new venue of the Test will be announced on June 2. The dates of the Test – June 26 to 30 – remain.
The WICB said it regrets having to take this course of action and seeks the understanding of cricket fans and stakeholders in Guyana. The WICB added that it will continue to review all matters pertaining to cricket in Guyana.