Carib/Pepsi Big Smash t20 Super-8 bowls off today at Skeldon
Lack of communication between GCB & BCB again an issue
The Super-Eight stage of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Carib/Pepsi Big Smash t20 cricket competition bowls off today at Skeldon with two matches before another double header is played at Everest tomorrow.
Mario’s Pizza West Berbice Super Kings face Hotel Tower Cavaliers today from 09:00hrs with Colin Alfred and Imran Moakan being the on-field Umpires with Zaheer Moakan as the Stand-by, while Church’s Chicken Corentyne Titans battle Carib Foods East Bank Pirates from 13:00hrs with Alfred & Zaheer Moakan being the standing Umpires with Imran Moakan as the standby.
Tomorrow, Nobel House Young Conquerors oppose Gizmos & Gadgets Georgetown Pitbulls at Everest from 09:00hrs with Matthew Kissoon & Shannon Crawford being the on-field Umpires, while Garnath is the standby before the GCB President’s XI take on North Essequibo Warriors in tomorrow’s second match at Everest with Crawford & Garnath doing the Umpiring duties with Matthew Kissoon the standby.
Yesterday the eight team Captains were present at the official launching of the Super-eight and displayed their uniforms before tournament Director Robin Singh, GCB Secretary Anand Sanasie and GCB Vice-President Alfred Mentore briefed the Media on the latest developments of the tournament, which is being used to select the Guyana team for January’s Caribbean Cup t20 competition in Trinidad and Barbados.
Relations between the GCB and the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) continue to be strained and the BCB has threatened to withdraw from the competition due to alleged interference into the composition of the two BCB teams in tournament.
A BCB source confirmed a meeting was held yesterday with most of their players but added that while they are dissatisfied with the way manner the Organisers is conducting the competition and disregarding them, the BCB will not prevent any player from playing today.
“The Berbice Board will watch and see what transpires tomorrow (today) at Skeldon and then make some decisions,” the source informed.
But Sanasie said yesterday that the GCB is getting little or no support from the BCB adding that the communication has been one-sided with little response coming from the BCB.
The BCB source said that when Berbice has more than one team in a national competition they would pick their strongest team and then use the best remaining players to form the other team.
However, while a GCB release states that Royston Crandon will captain the Corentyne, a BCB release claimed that Anthony Bramble will lead the side with rookie Guyana off-spinner Stephen Latcha being named Vice-Captain although Crandon, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Narsingh Deonarine and present National Skipper Assad Fudadin are all in the team.
Manager of the GCB President’s XI side, Robert ‘Pacer’ Adonis, also complained yesterday that the BCB had named Eon Hooper in the Corentyne side when the Rose Hall Town player was already a member of the President’s X1 which is still in contention of winning the tournament.
While Berbician Jason St Clair has been very impressive for the Nobel House Young Conquerors, former National t20 Keeper Tyrell Tull who presently plays for GCC at the division one level has been again ignored by the National selectors for any of the teams despite the injury to West Indies t20 keeper Derwin Christian.
The GCB claim they were forced to show more interest in the Corentyne team after some of their players were not notified about the match when they went to Berbice for the Albion leg and Crandon was among the Captains present yesterday at the GCB Secretariat.
The GCB feels that the BCB is employing politics in their decisions since they have replaced David Black as Manager and Adrian Amsterdam as Coach and are claiming victimization although 39 of the 47 Berbice players submitted by the BCB are still in the competition after the preliminary round.
“When we went to Albion, Berbice had three teams but only the West Berbice unit was organized. They (BCB) have consolidated one team in Berbice and even taken players from other teams still in the competition when only players from teams which have been knocked out can trade places to other teams,” Sanasie, a WICB Director informed yesterday.
But the BCB source disputed this and quoted a paragraph from the official playing conditions which states “After the preliminary rounds the respective county boards are allowed to place the best players in any of their two Super-Eight teams disregarding which team they (players) represented in the preliminary rounds,”
The BCB source said while it might be an unfair rule it means they have the right to pick their best players in any of their two teams they chose to.
Sanasie said that they have had the full cooperation of the Guysuco venues (Blairmont, Albion and Skeldon) and disclosed that many more matches will be set for Skeldon in the future.
Mentore said that the BCB failed to submit their two teams to the GCB by the 16:00hrs deadline on Thursday although the West Berbice selectors, which include BCB selector Amsterdam submitted the West Berbice team.
Robin Singh said he spoke to the BCB President, while e-mails containing information has been sent to the BCB Secretary Angela Haniff and also claimed that the politics seems to be the biggest problem with the BCB.
“In the future teams will have to stick to their original squad unless they make direct contact with the Tournament Director. By next year everything will be known months before so we can set this up as a real proper league where players can look forward to one month of activity,” Sanasie explained.
He added that a Festival match can also be planned with overseas players allowing all the players to gain something financially for their efforts.
The GCB informed that Hotel Tower Cavaliers, which play the first match today, would have been accommodated in Berbice from yesterday evening due to the early starting time today and added that the GCB would also provide accommodation in Skeldon last night for the city media who were covering today’s matches.
The GCB says that only the teams sanctioned by them will be allowed to play in the Super-Eight of the competition and announced the two Berbice teams.
Church’s Chicken Corentyne Titans – Sewnarine Chattergoon, Assad Fudadin (VC), Narsingh Deonarine, Royston Crandon(C), Rajiv Ivan, Keon DeJesus, Anthony Bramble(WK), Jonathan Foo, Stephen Latcha, Clinton Pestano, Mark Lionel, Romario Dejonge, Devon Clements, Shimron Hetymer, (Manager) Randolph Latcha, (Coach) Hubern Evans
Mario’s Pizza West Berbice Super Kings – Romain Boodram, Karamdat Bissoondial, Keith Fraser, Brandon Bess, Keon Joseph, Krisendat Ramoo (C), Sherwin McPherson, Raphael Estriado, Quacy Mentore, Eon Abel, Steffon Adams, Keyron Fraser, Richard Ramdeen, Jomal LaFluer, (Manager) David Black, (Coach) Adrian Amsterdam
Hotel Tower West Demerara Cavaliers – Gajanand Singh (C), Andre Percival, Omesh Dhaniram, Paul Wintz, Andrew Light jr., Anthony Ifill, Raj Nanan, Balram Samaroo, Dyananad Roopnarine, Coen Ismond, Budhan Baksh, Wahied Edwards, Ishwar Singh, Sunil Mahadeo, (Manager) V.Shivwratan, (Coach) Orin Bailey
Carib Foods East Bank Pirates – Krishna Arjoon, Ryan Ramdass, Zaheer Mohammed, Krishna Deosarran, Charles Ramson jr, Jagdesh Bishun, Videsh Lall, Raul Khan (C), Shivram Persaud, Kerwin Austin (wk), Roopnarine Ramsundar, David Francis, Samuel Pindar, Vishal Sarjoo (Manager) Johnny Azeez, (Coach) Quesen Nedd