By Zaheer Mohamed
The New Building Society (NBS) has once again thrown their support behind
the development of cricket in the city. The entity has sponsored the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) second division 40-over tournament which is set to commence October 18. The tournament was launched yesterday at NBS, Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Floyd McDonald said they are happy to be part of the event. He added that NBS is involved in the development of housing in Guyana and should make other contributions to the community, stating that Sport is an integral part of its development. McDonald pointed out that they are engaged in similar ventures in Essequibo and Berbice. “We must contribute to the growth of cricket in Guyana and the West Indies and assist in the development of the youths. We have to ensure that we rekindle the enthusiasm our societies are accustomed to during the times of Clive Lloyd, Rohan Kanhai, Lance Gibbs and Basil Butcher,” he said.
McDonald, who promised their continued support and stated that they do look forward to the day when cricket will be seen as an event that brings all Guyanese together once again.
President of the GCA Roger Harper thanked NBS for their backing and said he hoped this partnership will continue to blossom. Harper explained that the competition is not only an opportunity for the players to showcase their talent, but serves as further development for the youths. “Cricket offers an opportunity to develop life skills, discipline and also promotes healthy life style,” said Harper.
The competition will be played in two zones with the top two teams from each zone going through to the semi finals.
Zone A comprise GNIC, Ace Warriors, Transport Sports Club, Everest, Georgetown Cricket Club, Third Class, Guyana Defence force and Police. Zone B is made up of Muslim Youth Organisation, University of Guyana, Demerara Cricket Club, Diplomats, Gandhi Youth Organisation, Sophia, Malteenoes SC and St. Stanislaus.
Players that took part in senior inter county competitions cannot participate.
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