Controversy brewing in local Cricket

Sport Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony
Sport Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony

[] – While Guyana continues to fight in the various formats of regional cricket, it seems as the though the local administrators are more concerned with their off field status.

It was made clear via the Cricket Administration Act that only the Minister of Sport, Dr Frank Anthony has the power to call elections for the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) due to the board being injunct.

However, the GCB is seemingly going ahead with their elections on Sunday, January 25 which will be deemed as an act against the law according to Attorney General Anil Nandlall. He said it is a clear act of defiance by the Board.

The most interesting factor is that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has sat ideally by despite the Sports Minister’s request for assistance in naming a date.

It must also be noted that the WICB has always been in support of the GCB, hence it leaves one to speculate whether the WICB is willing to work along with the Ministry of Sport in solving Guyana’s off field issues.

In a Guyana Times Sport article, it was noted that the WICB is in receipt of a letter from the Sports Minister who has given the regional board 21 days to respond.

The WICB’s lack of urgency in the matter is definitely baffling as it puts Guyana’s cricket at jeopardy should the law come into play once the GCB holds their election on Sunday.

There is a familiar saying that goes: pride comes before a fall. Should the law come into play after Sunday’s GCB elections, Guyana’s cricket will be in for a long fall.



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