The mission of this website is to help sustain the high cricket standards in Guyana that make it a primary constituent of the West Indies team. This would be accomplished by examining:
- the factors contributing to successes and failures in Guyana cricket, and
- methods to assist Guyana cricket.
Making this website a repository for information on Guyana cricket would facilitate (1) and providing a web presence for Guyana cricket organisations would help with (2).
The forms of cricket covered here include traditional (hardball) cricket and softball (including tapeball). Guyana-cricket.com is the internet home of the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association.
History shows that Guyana can produce the world class cricketers, such as Shiv Chanderpaul, Lance Gibbs, etc, using only local and regional resources. It takes careful study, however, to discern their paths to success - through clubs, personal training, etc. Guyana-cricket.com hopes to collect and disseminate the information for such studies, for the benefit of Guyana cricket.
History also shows that Guyana cricket goes through administrative crises from time to time. Contributing factors appear to be the colonial class structure before World War I, then ethnic factors until the 1960's, then political reform issues in the 80's and still unknown factors in the current crisis. A careful study may reveal definitive "cause and effect" mechanisms that could benefit future cricket administration in Guyana.
Through softball, Guyana-cricket.com believes the true spirit of Guyana cricket is expressed. What would be the result if all Guyana cricket were uninhibited by the international or national cricket rules? The answer would probably be found in Guyana softball cricket, which already exists in such conditions. Guyana softball, with its underarm bowling, is a unique form of the game that is a very enjoyable, fast-paced and inviting to all.
Information sources used by guyana-cricket.com include online newspapers, including Guyana Chronicle, Guyana Times, Kaieteur News and Stabroek News, with some input from people "on the ground". Websites frequently consulted include cricinfo (ESPN), cricketarchive and windiescricket (WICB). Guyana-cricket.com, despite its meager resources, has been able to (sometimes) assist others, including major cricket organisations, gratis.
Clubs, organisations or individuals in Guyana or elsewhere are welcome to submit cricket-related information for publishing on this site. Offers to assist with the work of this website would be welcome. This website has no commercial objectives. Any fund-raising effort here, or reference to commercial organisations, is entirely philantropic.
18 Sep 2012