Guyana Independence T20 Cup 2014 launched
The third edition of the Guyana Independence T20 Cup cricket competition 2014 organised jointly by the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) and the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association (BCCDA) has been launched. The theme this year is “Togetherness and Unity in Everything.”
The launching was held on Friday at the Chamber’s Officer at Chapel Street New Amsterdam, Berbice. For the past two years the two organisations have been teaming up to successfully host the one day cricket spectacle which is held on Independence day 26th May at the Albion Sports Complex, Corentyne, Berbice with the finals being played under lights. This year the competition will be held on Sunday 25th May beginning at 10:00 hrs. The competition is expected to be played using permanent lights which are expected to be installed at the Albion Sports Complex by then.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Senior Vice President of the BCB Roger Greenidge stated that the BCCDA is honoured and happy to be partnering with a prominent organisation such as the BCB to do something tangible like organising the prestigious competition.
He said that the BCCDA and its members recognized the importance of sports in nation building and blending and see the joint venture as worthwhile.
Mr. Greenidge said so far the activity has been successful and see no difference this year with even more success envisage.
Vice President of the BCB Anil Beharry chaired the proceeding and expressed pleasure on behalf of the Board that after two years of success the two Non-Government Organisation can once again come together to organise the competition, which he said is one of the most sought after and better organised in Guyana.
Also speaking was Public Relations Officer Imran Saccoor who highlighted how the programme got started and has grown to one of the most anticipated tournaments in Berbice and Guyana.
The competition this year will also be played to mark a number of significant landmarks and achievement in the history of Guyana including the observation of Guyana‘s 48th Independence Anniversary and the 75th Anniversary of the BCB.
The organisers have promised an even more exciting tournament this year, featuring the four top T20 teams in the country, two of which will be from Berbice and two from Demerara. A feature softball match is also on the cards involving two of Guyana‘s better softball teams with Memorex taking on Universal DVD.
The organisers have also identified a number of projects that will benefit from the venture including assisting with the development of Sports in the Region, assist two first division clubs, assist two orphanages, two schools in Berbice among other ventures. The organisers have also decided to put aside some money to assist in some needy cause in case of health.
The budget which was read by Treasurer Chris Hicks is pegged at $2.1M. The winning team is expected to pocket $350,000, the runner up $150,000, the losing semi-finalists $80,000 each while there will also be an incentive for the man of the match in the final.
There will be a formal mid-evening cultural opening ceremony which will also see fireworks display during the night. The two semifinals will be played first with the winners clashing in the final. Live music is expected among other entertainment packages. The event is also expected to form part of the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce yearly events.
A committee chaired by Beharry has been put in place to oversee the activity with the other members being –Secretary Cosmata Lindie, Treasurer Chris Hicks, PRO Imran Saccoor, Cricket Coordinator Huburn Evans. Other members of the committee include Roger Greenidge, Gyandat Marray, Mark Roopnarine, Ramroop Rajnauth, Shabbir Baksh and Hilbert Foster. (Samuel Whyte)