Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WICB President apprised of Guyana Gov’t's approach to GCB discord

The measure government intends to use to quell the ongoing furore among members of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) was outlined in detail to President of the West Indies Cricket Board Dr. Julian Hunte, after meeting President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday. His visit to the Head of State followed the establishment of an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to govern the GCB, following a recommendation made by Chief Justice (ag) Ian Chang for Government, more particularly the Ministry of Sport, to “take the bull by the horns.”
At yesterday’s meeting, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr Frank Anthony, and West Indies icon, Clive Lloyd, were also present. The discussions were held at President Jagdeo’s State House residence.
A release from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport later yesterday stated that a menu of measures taken by the government to concur with the recent ruling by the Chief Justice (ag) was discussed at the meeting and will be finalised in a subsequent meeting to be held within one week.
The recommendation for government’s involvement in the affairs of the board stemmed from allegations of misdemeanors at the last WICB elections, and an injunction filed by the Berbice Cricket Board against the GCB in that regard.
Flaws in the financial operations of the board and the absence of a quorum at the board’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) were at the centre of the discord.
On August 25, board officials in the three counties were summoned to meetings with President Bharrat Jagdeo at State House for discussions that will hopefully end the ongoing dispute. The meeting ended with President Jagdeo ordering the establishment of an IMC to oversee the affairs of the board.
At a press conference in July, President Jagdeo had described the GCB fiasco as an “unhappy situation” which clamours for government’s involvement and “to some extent, contributes to the West Indies Cricket Board behaving the way it does.”
“We don’t have strong representation there, and it reflects the disorganized nature of our own cricket,” President Jagdeo said.
President Jagdeo has also been at the forefront of government’s involvement in the affairs of cricket regionally, “given that sports are so important to our well-being, particularly cricket in the West Indies, to our psyche and everything else.”
At the recently concluded 32nd regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), leaders had heeded President Jagdeo’s call for their intervention in the stalemate between the former West Indies captain, Chris Gayle, and the West Indies Cricket Board by resurrecting the Prime Ministerial sub-committee on cricket.

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