The Roy Fredericks Cup, organised by the Blairmont Cricket Club and its President Shabeer Baksh on Saturday July 21, was well run and exciting even without any player who had represented Guyana at any level this year.
The DCC from Georgetown were forced to cancel their trip since most of their players had represented Guyana this year.
But now Baksh is admitting to hosting an unapproved tournament due to the reply to his letter to the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) seeking permission and informing him to write to Cricket West Indies, ending up in his spam mail.
A request for approval must be submitted not less than 30 days before the planned tournament.
When contacted the GCB said that Baksh failed to follow the rules of gaining approval since the response was sent on June 13 and Baksh did not reply until June 28.
The GCB said CWI does not approve tournaments in the same Country where International fixtures are set for the next day since this could affect attendance. The GCB added the BCB cannot give approval for a tournament that includes teams from outside of Berbice.
A Facebook post yesterday showing Baksh’s emailed response to GCB on June 28 prompted Baksh to respond.
“I found the mail in my spam mail after the period for seeking permission, had expired and was told by the GCB on the morning of the tournament that nobody who had played for Guyana at any level were allowed to play.
I wrote WICB on 29th of June and forward it to GCB, after I wrote GCB on the 28th with no response I asked for their assistance because of default in email malfunction…I’m at fault by applying to the WICB late,” Baksh explained.
Baksh said he was looking forward to a better understanding in future events.
“I don’t want to break any relations, all we at BCCC want is to provide a positive environment for young cricketers and improve Berbice, Guyana and West Indies cricket.
I went ahead with the fundraiser as no parties involved showed any sort of negativity towards the venture. There was no indication from DCC that they were not allowed to participate.
This information only came on the night before the event and at that time, it was too late to postpone and obligations to sponsors had to be met,” Baksh continued.
“Major expenses had already been carried out. Postponing would have caused a much greater loss than what was incurred. I am sorry about the mix-up,” Baksh stated. (Sean Devers)
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