Jan 12, 2012 Sports
Presidential Advisor of Governance, Gail Teixeira, has indicated that the basis of the discussions that are being held between the Government-formed Interim Management Committee (IMC), the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has to do with the role of the respective stakeholders in the impasse.
Teixeira was at the time speaking at a post-cabinet press briefing where she was hosting the conference in place of Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr. Roger Luncheon. Her comment was in response to a question that Kaieteur News Editor-in-Chief, Adam Harris had asked.
“Are you in a position to say that there was an agreement that the IMC is going to back away from their original role of managing cricket and whether it will play a supportive role to the GCB given the position of the WICB,” Harris had asked following Teixeira’s brief update on the cricket fracas, which she said was discussed at the last Cabinet Meeting on Tuesday.
“That is the crux of the matter that is being discussed… the role of the IMC, and the role of the Guyana Cricket Board,” Teixeira said in response, before reminding the media that the Government must adhere to the ruling of the court.
“And as you may be aware, the ruling has said that the GCB is not a legal entity, therefore, we have made it clear publicly, and otherwise, that we are constrained by the ruling of the court and we do not want to find ourselves in an adversarial or contradictory position in relation to what the court had ruled on the matter,” Teixeira continued.
The Presidential Advisor said that the cricket fracas was the third issue that engaged Government at its Cabinet Meeting; she described the current impasse between the GCB and the Government-formed IMC as one of “national interest”.
Teixeira said that Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall; Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony; and Ambassador, Elisabeth Harper led Government’s discussions on the matter with the WICB and GCB at the CARICOM Secretariat at Liliendaal.
The WICB President, Dr. Julian Hunte had flown to Guyana earlier this week to hold talks with the IMC and GCB. However, Tuesday, Hunte was summoned to a late meeting with President Donald Ramotar. Most of the meetings to-date have been ‘closed-doors’.
Teixiera informed that there was an agreement among the stakeholders that no party involved in the discussions should divulge information to the media, but noted that the lawyer representing the GCB has breached the agreement when he appeared on a television programme Tuesday night.
“We have been asked by the CARICOM Secretariat that no party should go to the press and give details of the discussions, however, I do wish to note that Mr.(Sanjeev) Datadin, the lawyer of the GCB was on a television programme last night and so he did indicate that WICB was present and what was the GCB position on the matter,” Teixeira indicated.
Meanwhile, at the meeting between the WICB and Government on Monday, the proceeding got off to a not so good start with an immediate objection being raised to Lloyd’s presence as the Government had indicated its unwillingness to accommodate GCB president Ramsey Ali. According to a source, Lloyd stormed angrily away from the meeting.
Initially present were Dr. Frank Anthony, the Attorney General Anil Nandlall and Clive Lloyd, for the Government, while for the WICB were President Julian Hunte and CEO Ernest Hillaire. The GCB was represented by its legal counsel, Roysdale Forde and Sanjeev Datadin, the meeting was chaired by the CARICOM Secretary General, Erwin LaRocque. He was accompanied by legal counsel to the secretariat.
Kaieteur News was informed that the WICB stated its clear position that the GCB are the only representatives they recognise and further stated that the GCB were shareholders in the WICB and was expected to act at its agent in Guyana at all times.
It was agreed that: British firm Deloite and Touche would do a diagnostic audit of the GCB and any further action in this direction would be based upon its report.
The Government was asked to accept the GCB as the WICB agent.
The IMC would function as an advisory body, the framework for which would be worked out.
Additional information disclosed that, an agreement was negotiated in good faith but the government has been left to discuss with the principals.
CARICOM has stated in its opinion the interpretation of the Chief Justice Ian Chang order is wrong and it will not support a takeover of the GCB.
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