I write in support of a letter in the Kaieteur Newspaper dated 10th March, 2019 penned by Winston Boston. His letter clearly outlines the problems we have been experiencing within the cricket fraternity for the past 10 years or so, and quite rightly blames the PPP/C and APNU/AFC Governments along with the Judiciary for the lawlessness.
In 2014 the PPP/C government and opposition combined, through the Guyana Cricket Act, to legitimize our cricket by introducing democratic process for elections intended to resolve the problems that existed within our cricket environment.
Within the framework of the Law, parliament unanimously agreed to include Linden as an integral part of the administration and also the on-field process of cricket.
But to date, almost five years later, we are still swirling in the wilderness, with our players being totally shut out and our administrators and the Upper Demerara Cricket Association (UDCA) not being allowed to participate in any function as stipulated by the law.
Linden and/or the UDCA seem to have been abandoned by all and sundry.
We have not received any funding from the relevant authorities and so we are left in the wilderness to struggle for survival, even with the law on our side. But as Mr. Boston pointed out – the authorities have all played their role over the years in this sad and hurtful situation.
Even though the UDCA is a lawful member of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB), we have never been invited to any elections, meetings or to participate in any tournaments. From time to time you will observe in the newspapers that the DCB is running an Inter-Association tournament but the big question is: who are the DCB executives? What Inter-Association tournament?
The UDCA is one of the Constituent Associations which means that it is part of the DCB membership. Is this a phantom board?
We are simply begging those in authority (the Politicians on both sides, the Judiciary, the people of Guyana etc.) – please give the youngsters of Linden the opportunity they are entitled to by law. It is their civil right.
Please bring this horrid state of affairs to an immediate end!
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