Oct 02, 2014 Sports
Dear Sports Editor,
I am relieved that my letters to the press have resulted in the Clubs on the East Coast taking action. However, a purported release from Mr. Bissoondyal Singh’s embattled group can at best, be described as hilarious.
It would be difficult to describe in this letter, how unintelligent Mr. Singh’s response to the clubs on the East Coast came over to the public, but I would attempt to highlight a few of the jokes in that ECCB release.
What the public should know immediately is that Mr. Bissoondyal Singh called the East Coast Cricket Committee sponsor, Nauth and Sons Motor Spares, and agitated for his withdrawal of his sponsorship; of course the gentleman told him no.
This is evidently so as four (4) matches in the East Coast Committee’s fixtures were played over the last weekend. This is not the first time that Mr. Bissoondyal Singh has sought to dissuade sponsors of cricket as he does it all the time to companies that sponsor DCB and GCB cricket.
Bissoondyal’s release also claims to have produced cricketers on the East Coast for the past four (4) years. We on the East Coast are aware that Enmore Cricket Club and their officials have been at the forefront to organize cricket in this area over the past years as Mr. Singh chose to boycott all DCB competitions.
Thanks to Minister Anthony, Mr. Tajnauth, Anil Persaud, Jitlall and others all of the players produced by East Coast in the last four years, were produced through competition organized and played at Enmore, Enterprise and to some extent, Lusignan with no contribution from the ECCB and Bissoondyal.
I take this opportunity to thank Minister Anthony for rehabilitating the Enmore Community Center thereby allowing the youths in this area a chance to practice. Most hilarious of all is Bissoondyal Singh’s claim that the GCB made decisions without consulting with the ECCB. This statement clearly depicts the unawareness of this individual on how the administration of cricket operates at the DCB, GCB and WICB.
The entire world knows that all the territories of the WICB have to set up a company to commercialize their cricket on a franchise format. On this note I congratulate Mr. Sanasie, Mr. Raj Singh, Mr. Dru Bahadur and all the executives of the GCB for keeping Guyana ahead of the game despite the many obstacles.
I also remind Bissoondyal that in our pyramid structure of Cricket Administration, the players on the East Coast join a club which is affiliated to the ECCB, which in turn is a member of the DCB, one of the three (3) members of the GCB. The GCB is a shareholder of the WICB, a full member of the ICC.
Mr. Singh seems to want the GCB to report to him and his group calling themselves ECCB. What next, the WICB and ICC?
Also interesting about the purported Bissoondyal press release is a claim that ECCB had elections on August 10th, 2014, which was attended by parents and sponsors. What? did they vote? I stated in an earlier letter that Mr. Bissoondyal had a “selection” attended by students at an Under-15 Camp. By admission in the release, Mr. Singh is admitting that the kids’ parents were also there along with sponsors. What sponsors? No cricket is being played on the East Coast under Singh. Does the East Coast Constitution require parents and sponsors attending AGM while 90% of the member clubs have no knowledge of the meeting?
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