-Practice sessions to go ahead at Stadium today
Only five players from the 19-man squad selected by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) turned up at the Windjammer Hotel in Kitty yesterday to begin their encampment for Guyana’s next two matches in this year’s Regional four-day cricket tournament.
Guyana face Barbados in Barbados from March 9 in their fifth round encounter before traveling to Trinidad for their next game the following Friday, and Manager of the ICM team, Carl Moore said he was still hopeful that more players would show up for the squad’s first practice session at the Guyana National Stadium from 10:00hrs to 13:00hrs today.
The Guyana Government has set up an IMC to look after the affairs of Guyana’s cricket in the wake of allegations of mismanagement by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), which is the recognised entity to run cricket in Guyana.
It is understood that the GCB organised Guyana team, which beat the Leewards Islands and CCC and lost to the Windward Islands, and tournament leaders Jamaica in the first four rounds of the 2012 Regional tournament, will travel to Barbados next week. Sources close to the WICB indicated that the GCB team will be the only Guyana team recognised by the governing body for cricket in the Region, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and none of the players who played in Guyana last game against the unbeaten Jamaicans, turned up for encampment yesterday.
Former Guyana batsman Mark Harper has been appointed by the Clive Lloyd led IMC as the Coach and fast bowler Esuan Crandon as his assistant but Crandon, who travelled with the GCB team for their first four matches was among those who failed to show up yesterday.
Carl Moore, Guyana’s senior team manager since the 2003 Red Stripe Bowl competition is the Manager of the IMC team after being replaced as Manager by fellow Berbician David Black last year for the Regional 50-over competition.
Moore informed Kaieteur News yesterday that the practice sessions today and tomorrow at Providence will go ahead with practice bowlers expected to join the squad.
The GCB President Ramsay Ali was among GCB officials who resigned from that body following a raid by investigators on his home and place of work for cricket related items and it is not known where the GCB team will practice although the Chetram Singh Centre of Excellence at LBI, which is owned by the GCB, has an indoor practice facility.
Moore said he was hoping the players who played in this year’s tournament named in the IMC squad would turn up for today’s practice session since he feels that turf practice in this rainy season could only benefit the players despite which banner (IMC or GCB) they represent Guyana under in Barbados and Trinidad in their next two matches.
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