The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) has renamed its Dr. Cheddi Jagan Street, New
Amsterdam Office “The Leslie Amsterdam Cricket Office” as the Board’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration continues. The Leslie Amsterdam Cricket Office is a permanent tribute to the former Berbice and Guyana opening batsman who later served Berbice cricket for over 30 years as an outstanding administrator.
It was noted by Chairman of the BCB Special Events and Diamond Jubilee Committees, Hilbert Foster, that the late Leslie Amsterdam who was born in 1934 was perhaps the greatest administrator to have been involved in Berbice and had served the game beyond the call of duty. Amsterdam was credited for keeping the BCB on course during the mid 1980’s when the majority of experienced administrators migrated. He served as Vice President in 1968/1969, President in 1969, 1st Vice President from 1970 to 1986 and again as President from 1987 until his death in 1999.
Amsterdam was Vice President of the Guyana Cricket Board from 1987 to 1999, national selector 1969 to 1998 and was the West Indies Cricket Manager versus India in 1983. Foster deemed Amsterdam as a role model administrator and called on current administrators in Berbice to follow his example of honesty, dedication and passion for the game.
BCB President Keith Foster and First Vice President Anil Beharry both hailed the role of Amsterdam in their careers as Administrators as it was Amsterdam who asked them to serve. The elder Foster described Amsterdam as a visionary who was full of ideas and a leader who was open to the criticism and constructive ideas. Beharry stated that the late President was his mentor and was his rock during the early tenure as Board Treasurer.
Former BCB President and GCB Vice President Malcolm Peters stated that the County of Berbice and its players would always be indebted to the outstanding contribution of Amsterdam. Peters, who served under Amsterdam in several roles stated that the establishment of a permanent BCB office was one of his achievements along with main emphasis on the all round development of both players and administrators.
Former BCB Secretary Mortimer George who has written four books on Berbice cricket stated that Amsterdam was a staunch advocate for Berbice and used his contacts on the Guyana Cricket Board to obtain resources for the development of the game.
Former BCB Secretary Oscar Ramjeet and eldest son of Amsterdam Mr. Micheal Amsterdam officially launched the Leslie Amsterdam Cricket Office.
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