Recently, there has been an upsurge in indiscipline behavior by cricketers in Berbice area and the Berbice Cricket Board has responded sternly to such behavior from its cricketers.
The recently concluded Berbice River Bridge 50-Over Final played at the Albion Sports Complex was marred by many instances of poor sportsmanship displayed by players from both teams. This was done in the full view of the general public and members of the Board.
Former West Indies spinner Veerasammy Permaul, National Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble, Berbice Batsman Jason Sinclair and off spinner Troy Matheson along with Jonathan Foo were mainly the players involved.
They were summoned by the Discipline Committee of the Berbice Cricket Board for a hearing and the following were the penalties:
Veerasammy Permaul – one year good behavior bond and $15,000 fine.
Anthony Bramble – one year good behavior bond and $10,000 fine.
Troy Matheson – one year good behavior bond and $5,000 fine.
Jason Sinclair – one year good behavior bond.
Jonathan Foo – warning letter.
In a release, the executive of the board said that it has invested significantly over the 75 years of existence and that existence was built on hard work and discipline from all and sundry. The board has produced many players who represented the West Indies and has made the difference in the lives of many others.
The release further stated that at no time, the board will sit idle and allow a breakdown in discipline amongst players. Cricket is a gentleman’s game and that must be the focus. Cricket should only unite and not divide. The release also stated that the board is worried about the poor and hostile relationship that exists between The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club and Albion Community Center.
The Board hopes that its action would deter any player at any level to desist from such behavior. It is hoped that these two major clubs will stretch their hands of friendship and make peace and develop love and understanding.
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