Insularity has no place in Berbice cricket
The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) would like to express its total disgust at a section of an article written by Sean Devers headlined, “Change of Guard needed in Guyana’s Cricket”.
The section accuses the Berbice Cricket Board of haste of rushing to the media to campaign for players who failed miserably for their country instead of ensuring their cricketers work to lift the game and suggests that insularity is still alive.
This is the second time that Mr. Devers in his articles have suggested that the BCB was involved in insularity and for complaining for its own.
Anyone who has been following the development and progress of Berbice cricket would immediately dismiss this remark, but the Board needs to correct this point from Mr. Devers.
The BCB has committed itself to work for the development of cricket in Berbice, Guyana and the West Indies and not be involved in insularity.
Everyday the Executives of the BCB work overtime to achieve this goal, so much that it has become a full time voluntary effort to go along with our regular jobs.
Internal division, power grabbing, personal ambition, lack of interest and insularity simply do not exist in the BCB and our records of progress over the last couple of years are the rewards of unity, focus, visions and sheer hard work.
One is left to wonder how Mr. Devers can accuse the BCBoard of rushing to the media to defend failures instead of ensuring their cricketers work to lift their game. This is what we do each day by making sure that cricket is played at every level from Under-13 to the senior level as never before.
We also do so by the over 60 programmes, the BCBoard organised in 2009 including the Cricket Academy, Incentive Schemes, Educational sessions, Awards Ceremonies among others.
This year the pace would be increased with the hosting of close to 70 programmes off the field, 20 turnaments at all levels, increased coaching sessions and personal development sessions.
The record would show that in the last three years, only once did the BCB use the media to “campaign” for its members.
Late last year as mandated by the Executive Committee of the BCB, the Public Relations Committee had expressed the BCB’s disappointment at the non selection of Delbert Hicks, Homchand Pooran and Steven Latcha.
What is our role as the controlling body of Berbice cricket if we cannot express our concerns while still looking out for the national interest? The Executives of the BCB has spoken to each player to work hard and to increase their output to make sure that like Wavell Hinds they can return to the highest level based on production.
The BCB would also like to inform Mr. Devers that they have never organised youth 20/20 tournaments and would like to advise him to check his facts.
The BCB would like to reassure the cricketing public of Guyana that insularity has no place in our policies and that our interests are the development of our youths and the game of cricket in Guyana and the West Indies.
In closing, we would like to encourage all journalists in sports to use their pens carefully and to use their influence to inspire both players and officials to higher glory.
Cricket Boards like the BCB are easily accused of insularity when they defend cricketers but nothing is said of journalists who use their columns to promote personal friends, fellow club members and fulfill personal agendas.
We have noticed more than once where certain cricketers are praised over and over despite poor performances, while the less favoured are brought down to earth. We should be careful that those in glass houses not throw stones.
Public Relations Officer,
Berbice Cricket Board.