Government has not reached consensus with WICB
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Contrary to a report in another section of the press
The Government of Guyana has not reached any consensus with the West Indies Cricket Board “concerning the roles to be played by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) and the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) in the administration of cricket locally” as has been reported in the Stabroek News of January 12, 2012.
As of Wednesday, the discussions between the Government of Guyana and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) which were being mediated by the Secretary General of the Caribbean Community were yet to be concluded.
It is regrettable therefore that the text which was being negotiated between the two sides and which has not yet been agreed on, was the subject of the article in the Stabroek News of January 12, 2012 which also carried quotes from a source to that news paper. The Government also notes that the Attorney at law for the WICB availed himself to be interviewed on Sports Max on January 11, 2012 on the issues that were being discussed between the Government of Guyana and the WICB.
The Government finds these actions particularly deplorable since as was requested by the Secretary General and agreed to by both parties, no unilateral statements should have been made to the media on the content of the discussions while those were ongoing. Rather there had been agreement that at the conclusion of the discussions, a joint statement would have been drafted by the Secretariat in consultation with the parties to be issued to the media.
This breach of confidence does not augur well for bringing the discussions to a mutually agreeable conclusion. The Government of Guyana will reserve its position to continue its negotiations with the WICB.