Guyana hosting of first Pakistan Test in limbo
Guyana may not host the first Test match between Pakistan and the West Indies as the owners of the Guyana National Stadium have not signed the International Venue Agreement (IVA) as yet, and the deadline is tomorrow.
Kaieteur Sport understands that while the Government has indicated that the venue is available for the match which is scheduled for July 16-20, the agreement is incomplete with just the signatures of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) attached.
Initially, Sabina Park in Jamaica has been listed as the alternative venue for the match if Guyana is unable to host it. So it is safe to say the match will take place in Jamaica.
Guyana has not hosted any form of international cricket since March 2011 when Pakistan was here. This match would have revived the cricket fever among the Guyanese fans, but the wait for international games continues.
Sources close to the Guyana Cricket Board said this development is likely to affect the Regional Fixtures also as both Jamaica and the Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) were slated to play the next two rounds in Guyana. Some are suggesting that the Regional matches can be played at Bourda but considering that the 50-over games are day/night affairs this may yet prove to be another hurdle for the GCB.
In an invited comment President of the GCB Drubahadur said, “Guyana Cricket Board is willing, able and prepared to host all cricket but it is up to the necessary authorities to sign the International Venue Agreement before the GCB can indicate to the WICB that everything is in place as regards to the Venue.” He further said that his Board’s Secretary and WICB Director Mr. Anand Sanasie has continued to pursue all avenues to find a solution to this latest issue so that the Guyanese public can see International cricket once again.
The GCB cancelled a planned press conference yesterday and advised that it will be held at 2pm today at the GCB Boardroom, Bourda.
Minister of Sport Dr. Frank Anthony told the media yesterday that the signing of the agreement is currently being considered.