Sep 30, 2020 Sports
Kaieteur Sport recently caught up with President of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) Drubahadur for a comment on the recent pronouncements by the Minister with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sports, the Honourable Charles Ramson Jr. regarding a recent court ruling on the reinstatement of the Cricket Administration Act.
He questioned the sudden importance of such an action by the government, stating that COVID 19 and other major political issues should be more important at this time.
He however pledged his support for an amicable solution and warned that the Cricket Administration Act is still under challenge in the Appeal Court along with an appeal against the suspension of the previously appointed Cricket Ombudsman Mr. Steven Lewis. “Those in authority need to understand the issues before making rash decisions that are likely to create more havoc.”
Drubahadur, an Administrator and Accountant, known for his bluntness, advised that good sense should prevail. “It is important that the admirable progress of our on-field performance is not being reversed with more court actions for any side inclusive of the government,” he posited.
Drubahadur, a former president of the Guyana Cricket Board, informed that the DCB had an election in January last and that he currently leads the board. He stated that if the DCB is required to go to another election then the Berbice Cricket Board and all affiliates should do likewise. “The BCB constitution appended to the act allows cricket clubs that plays no cricket, in some cases for decades, to turn up and vote at their elections. It is obvious; that the authors of the Act were only targeting Demerara while in Berbice Phantoms can vote. The Act is flawed and unless there are amendments, it cannot work and will create disorder.”
The DCB is made up of four area associations – West Demerara, East Bank, Georgetown and East Coast and Drubahadur credited the East Coast Cricket Committee for ensuring the game is being played on a regular basis there despite challenges. “This is the only group has kept East Coast Cricket alive for the past eight years. This group is being led Mr. Ashmul Ali, who is also President of Ogle Community Centre. He was ably assisted by Anil Persaud, who died recently, and Lalta Gainda along with others who defied calls to sabotage the GCB and DCB cricket programmes, adding that such act needs to stop for cricket to progress rapidly.
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