May 08, 2021 Sports
By Sean Devers
Shortly after the new Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) was elected at the MYO on January 28, 2021, GYO led a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against selected members of the Executive body mandated to run Cricket in Guyana’s Capitol City on March 3 after two meetings were held on January 30, 2021 and February 8, 2021.
At their third meeting, held on the March 1, 2021, GCA’s Public Relations Officer, Divesh Ramjattan, President & Secretary of the Gandhi Youth Organization (GYO) brought a No Confidence Motion and which was seconded by the Everest Cricket Club against the following members: Neil Barry (President), Roger Harper (2nd Vice President), Emily Dodson (Marketing Manager), Mark Harper (Chairman, Senior Section Committee) and Roderick Lovell (Chairman, Junior Selection Committee).
“However, at our last meeting held on May 3, 2021, which was also virtual with all members were present. A correspondence was received by the Secretary from Everest Sports Club withdrawing their letter in support of the No Confidence Motion. Under any other business Mr. Ramjattan was asked his position on the NCM, he said he is still pursuing the matter and a further correspondence was sent to my place of employment. On the following day the Secretary received a second letter of NCM which was supported by the Sophia Cricket team,” informed GCA’s Secretary Deborah McNicol.
When contacted, Secretary of Sophia cricket Club Akeem Hinds explained that the reason that their club seconded the NCM was because after approaching the same members in the previous administration the GCA did very little for Sophia when they sought help.
“We had to pull out of the two-day second division tournament since we had to spend $15,000 per match which would come out of the pockets of the senior players. GYO assisted us in a big way and we did not know that Everest had withdrawn (their support of) the NCM until the last minute,” continued Hinds.
“After the letter in support of NCM, we are now being told about the previous GCA board never supported the Sophia Club and they have been getting a lot of support from GYO. The GCA is not sure what support the Sophia Team were seeking,” McNicol wondered.
Hinds disclosed that, added to their woes, a piece of land in Sophia was allocated to the club in 2014 for them to maintain which they did. However, some excavation machinery has damaged the ground and President Ali has earmarked a ground at the back of the Sophia, neighbourhood of Turkeyen, Pattenson, Georgetown.
“However, that ground is too small to play cricket and Minister Mazoor Nadir had promised to ask Sports Minister Charles Ramson to contact us when we met him at the launching of the President’s Cup at Everest. We have not heard from Minister Ramson, although we have never tried to make contact with him or his Ministry,” said Hinds on a matter which has nothing to do with the GCA.
“It is strange that Mr. Ramjattan is very selective in his choice of the members he brought the No Confidence Motion against. With exception of Ms. Dodson who was elected to the GCA for the first time, all the other members would have served the GCA for a number of years with distinction. They would have also served by playing cricket for their country and the Region,” added the Malteenoes Executive member and long serving GCA cricket Administrator.
McNicol said she wished to state that the GCA body has always been an inclusive and transparent body. Our financial records could stand scrutiny at any time.
The matter is expected to be discussed at the GCA’s Statutory meeting which is held on the first Monday of every month and at the OGM on a day to be announced, in adherence to the Constitution of the GCA.
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