Apr 07, 2021 Sports
Dear Sports Editor,
Kaieteur News – Please permit me to express by displeasure in the way which the recently held elections of the Guyana Cricket Board was conducted.
Firstly Mr. Editor, the Essequibo Cricket Board, which is one of the counties that makes up the GCB, was not invited to this election.
Other than a post on social media done by the minister of sports, there was no time nor venue provided by the said minister, nor the cricket ombudsman for this election, was this a deliberate attempt to keep the ECB out?
Essequibo Cricket Board is one that is without any doubt, never had to be determined by the court of its legality unlike Berbice and Demerara where the court had to oversee their elections.
Secondly, the cricket administration act, which is supposed to be the laws governing the sport was breached. The act states clearly that notice for AGM must be sent one month prior. Was this done?
Additionally, the single most important role of the cricket ombudsman was to verify clubs in the three counties before GCB elections are held. Again Mr. Editor was this done? If so why wasn’t this made public or submit to the three counties so that the elections could have been considered as legitimate.
Mr. Editor, I write for no one, whoever is elected to head the GCB is not the issue here, the issue is that the election should have been done in a transparent manner, free from political interference. It seems as if the Minister of sports is out of depth in terms of the cricket issue and his highhanded approach to the issue should be condemned.
In closing Mr. Editor, I am calling for the cricket ombudsman to provide answers to these questions and to fulfill his responsibility which is the verification of clubs in the three counties. Until this is done no election of the GCB can be said to be legitimate.
Wakenaam Cricket Committee
Essequibo Cricket Board.
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