After reports that President Ramotar assents to ‘Cricket Bill’
By Sean Devers in St Lucia
When asked what plan of action is the WICB likely to take now that the Guyana Head of State President Donald Ramotar has assented to the ‘Bill’ bringing it into Law, WICB President Dave Cameron was tight lipped on the issue.
“I only saw the story yesterday (Friday) and as soon as we sit to address the issue the Media would be informed,” the Jamaican Cameron said from the ground here Saturday.
When pressed further for an answer as to if cricket will be pulled from Guyana again or Guyanese players banned from West Indies cricket? Cameron said, “All of that is likely but let us see what happens and as soon we have the answers to your questions you will get them.”
However, a source close to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said that after reading the story on the internet which quoted a Guyana Newspaper reporting that President Ramotar has assented to the ‘Guyana Cricket Administration Bill’, his first reaction was one of surprise.
“The Government of Guyana reneged on the MOA and never signed it so the WICB may have to decide what action they will take,” the source here said.
The Guyana Government had promised to sign an MOA after Sports Minister Dr Frank Anthony meet with a contingent of WICB and GCB officials along with the Parliamentary opposition in Guyana.
Efforts to contact President of Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Dru Bahadur proved futile, while GCB Secretary did not want to comment on the issue but suggested that it may be a good thing since the GCB can now challenge the Bill legally.
The Guyana newspaper reported that ‘according to Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, President Ramotar, on Wednesday last, assented to the Cricket Administration Bill which was passed in the National Assembly towards the end of May and was drafted to provide legal administrative guidelines for cricket in Guyana.
Clive Lloyd, Chairman of the West Indies selectors and former head of the IMC set up to oversee Guyana’s cricket, told Kaieteur News that once the ‘Bill’ was passed in Parliament this life of the IMC expired, adding that he felt that signing of the piece of the legislation, the GCB will have to hold their Elections. The Sport Minister, who presented the Bill to the National Assembly, had said it was drafted after extensive consultations with all stakeholders and more so, following recommendations in a ruling made by the High Court.
“We created a unique innovation and we created the position of a cricket ombudsman. This person will be tasked with the responsibility of verifying and registering clubs; he or she will have ample time to verify legitimacy of clubs,” the Minister had said.
The role of the Minister under this legislation will be only to appoint the ombudsman. “The Minister’s role has been minimised in this Bill, the only role is that which is provided for. He can only appoint the ombudsman, after that first election the role of the minister ceases,” Dr. Anthony had said.
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