Aug 13, 2013 Sports
The Parliamentary Select Committee (SC) on the Cricket Administration Bill has failed miserably to fulfill its mandate, which, initially, was to provide for the legalization of the Guyana Board, which could only have been completed by granting same, corporate status. It then, inexplicably, decided to expand its mandate to deal with a voter allocation issue within the Demerara Cricket Board. This is tantamount to inferring with a legal body of members governed by its own rules and constitution.
Surely, this SC should not be changing a constitution without any agreement from its membership or outside of its rules and constitution. What example is being set by this Committee in the hallowed halls of our esteemed Parliament? This is not the required solution for the DCB matter. The solution should not be legislated nor politicized. A proper investigation of the events leading up to the 2 AGMs in January 2011 is needed to solve this perceived problem.
First of all, this Select Committee has been tainted with bias and partiality from the inception with 2 of its key Committee members having played very active roles in the whole manufactured cricket fiasco.
The Chair of the SC, Dr. Frank Anthony, was the Minister directly responsible for disbanding the GCB and installing an IMC and illegally locking the Offices of the GCB. An unholy amount of taxpayers’ monies was wasted in these dastardly acts. The other key member, Attorney General, Hon Anil Nandlall was the attorney for a grouping attacking the DCB & the GCB during the cricket fiasco prior to being named the AG and unsuccessfully represented that faction in several of those cricket matters, some of which are still pending in Court.
It is worthwhile to mention that these court matters are being delayed ad nauseum in tandem with the works of the Select Committee almost suggesting that something is afoot here. AG Nandlall was also responsible for the legal actions that searched several GCB Officers’ homes and Offices and seized the equipment and records of the GCB. These coercive actions achieved its ends into forcing several GCB Officers to resign from their positions in cricket administration.
There were numerous other types of harassment exercised through the arms of the State in its quest to take over cricket administration; another Officer is before the court for the charge of perjury- here again this case is meandering along and postponed and called up to suit the fancies of the hierarchy; another Officer was investigated for forgery- this investigation is not being concluded as these persons want to keep these matters hanging in abeyance so that their cohorts can use these charges for the embarrassment effect that it engenders against these individuals whenever they so choose; several Officers have been subjected to investigation by the GRA and constant harassment and ridicule in the media and otherwise.
How can this Select Committee produce an impartial document when they have been deeply involved in the problem from the inception? If the Honorable Speaker of Parliament was responsible for these appointments, then they should be immediately corrected as surely this was a huge mistake.
The GCB just finished hosting the Pakistanis in Guyana and for the first time in 2 years we saw international cricket returned to Guyana. The public felt satisfied. Dr. Anthony even made presentations after the matches. Everything is not perfect now as we have been set back by almost 5 years of manufactured labels by the disgruntled group who are masquerading around the place claiming that they have total control over the politicians. Are we now going to set back cricket administration even further? The GOG has gotten what they wanted; one of their shining stars, now owns the Guyana team and is the title sponsor for one of the most lucrative forms of cricket, T20. The GCB will continue with its mandate to produce cricketers for all forms of the game of cricket even if it means being the nursery for others. We hope they do recognize this! We say to the Select Committee that they need to await the outcome of the court matters and have an impartial investigation done into the DCB AGMs of 2011. Otherwise, hands off the cricket administration!!
AUBREY NORTON FRIGHTEN RENEGOTIATION AND RING-FENCING
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