Permit me to respond to Umpires Mikoowanyah Yisrael and Ryan Banwarie who together conspired to do a great hatchet job on my character and reputation but failed to mention that they were called to a hearing by the Match Referee Mr Colin Stuart to deal with the issue and Banwarie told Stuart that he might have unconsciously been in the process of handing the bowler’s cap to him before calling ‘over’.
As the pair, who consider themselves as ‘Professional Umpires’ whatever that means, quite rightly stated ‘When the umpire considers the ball dead he would loudly call ‘OVER’ to let ALL the players know.
But unfortunately for Banwarie he DID NOT call ‘OVER’ loudly to let ALL the players know and admitted to me that he might have been in the process of handing the bowler his cap before the call of ‘OVER’ which he did in full view of the all of the spectators including the President of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and an official of GCB who is also the President of the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) where the game was played.
The DCC president, from the upstairs pavilion, even stopped Mr Paul from leaving the field by asking the Umpires who had gotten together to address the incident to allow the Demerara Captain to recall Paul, who was then on 52. This was not done.
Banwarie’s actions in handing the cap to bowler before he had called ‘OVER’ and the manner in which the incident was addressed suggested poor match management skills.
Many people at the ground saw his actions and did not hear him call ‘OVER’ before he began the process of giving the bowler his cap, and which caused Mr Paul to be of the impression that it was the end of the over. For Mr Banwarie to now deny that he was not in the process of handing over the cap before calling ‘OVER’ is very dishonest of him and brings into question his integrity befitting an Umpire who desires to reach to highest level.
I can call several witnesses to verify what I wrote and call on the GCB and its Match Referee to make public the findings of the inquiry and I wonder if the Guyana Cricket Umpires & Scores Association condones such acts of two Umpires writing to the Media without first informing the Association officially of their intention to do so.
Banwarie’s childish tirade confirms that he is not mature enough to move forward in his Umpiring career and I find it very disrespectful of Banwarie to describe my report as an ‘half-baked article’ and me as arrogant without any proof of what I described of his actions in handing over the cap before he called ‘OVER’ as untrue.
I will let those who were at DCC on the day the story was written judge if what I wrote was true or not. Grow up Umpire Banwarie and if you can’t take the heat then stay out of the Kitchen.
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