Reports reaching Kaieteur Sport are that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has moved the Third cricket Test between West Indies and New Zealand from Guyana and has awarded to St Lucia.
This follows recent high level meetings between government officials and the WICB intended at striking a deal to have the match remain here. However, reliable information reaching Kaieteur Sport indicates that government reneged on certain aspects of the conditions the WICB requested, hence the decision to move the game.
The WICB had indicated recently that several scheduled cricket events here faced the likelihood of being moved following a recent Supreme Court decision.
In that matter the Honourable Madam Justice Sandra Kurtzious (in chambers), heard Plaintiffs; Keith Foster, Anil Beharry, Hubern Evans, Julian Cambridge, Angela Haniff, Raymond Haniff, Romash Munna and Shabeer Baksh and granted an injunction restraining Defendants: Dru Bahadur, Fizul Bacchus, Alfred Mentore, Anand Sanasie, Virendra Chintamanie, Anand Kalladeen, Rajesh Singh, Rajendra Singh, Colin Europe, Andy Ramnarine, Lalta Digamber, Ramdeo Kumar, Rayon Griffith, Nazimul Drepaul and Savitri Persaud from acting as agents of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).
Justice Kurtzious, ruled that the Defendants… ‘by themselves their servants and or agents acting collectively or individually or howsoever, be restrained and an injunction be and is hereby granted restraining the defendants…from holding themselves out as the office holders and/or representatives of the Guyana Cricket Board or from performing any act or function for and on behalf of the said Guyana Cricket Board or from discharging in any manner whatsoever any of the duties and or obligations of the Guyana Cricket Board until the hearing and determination of the action…’
They have been also injuncted…‘from holding themselves out as representatives of the West Indies Cricket Board until the hearing and determination of the action herein and it is further ordered that this matter do take its normal course.’
This injunction halted the GCB officials (defendants) from making necessary preparation for the hosting of the match here.
More disappointment for Guyanese cricket fans as the continued power struggle among the various factions for control of the GCB and other Court proceedings continues. The regional governing body has adopted the stance of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in disapproving of any government intervention in the running of cricket matters.
The passing of the Cricket Amendment Bill, while lauded by some and criticised by others, will have serious implications for the future of the sport here if signed into law. While well intended it will see too much control given to government and the removal of current officials in a manner seen as undemocratic by the ICC and WICB resulting in like sanctions as the removal of international and regional events here, leaving the local game in the doldrums.
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