The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) has stated publicly that it has reluctantly and regrettably disassociated itself from the Under-15 Inter County Cricket competition that is currently being run off in Demerara.
The BCB in a press release has said that in the first place, the Board is unclear as to the identity of the personnel who are actually responsible for the arrangements for the competition as to date no organisation/individual has come forward to acknowledge same.
Until some clarity is given to the above concern, the BCB will not allow its players to participate under such circumstances.
Among the concerns of the Board is the security and safety of the players on and off the field, especially at the Hostel – Chetram Singh Centre of Excellence – where there are usually no security arrangements in place and where presently the northern fence to the public road is down making the facility even more insecure.
There is also uncertainty as to what would happen to the youngsters in case of injury on the field of play or any emergency at the venue or Hostel.
Travelling arrangements for the team from Berbice to Demerara have not been made known to date.
Is it that the team members are expected to make their own way? If so, will they be refunded? To date nothing has been communicated about this, the BCB informed.
The Berbice Board further stated that they will not subject their players to these dark uncertainties because in the end of it, it has to protect the rights of the children. Should any harm come to anyone of them, this Board would have to take much of the blame for going into a situation blindly. It cannot guarantee the parents as to the well being of their children.
The BCB is quite willing to meet with the organisers of the tournament to seek clarity and assurances for its participation in the tournament.
The future of our cricketers is at stake. The Board would also like it to be known that from the outset, it has endorsed the Interim Management Committee of Cricket but is now bitterly disappointed with its lack of performance.
The Berbice Cricket Board wishes to advise all parents and cricket clubs in Berbice to take note of the Board’s position and that any participation without the Board’s permission would only be putting the children at risk.
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