The following is a media statement issued by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) on the passing of Umpire Gayanana Sukdeo:
The executives and staff of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) have learnt with great sadness of the passing of Guyana and regional umpire, Gayanana Sukdeo on May 24, 2016. We extend our condolences to his family, friends, umpires and the entire cricket fraternity. He was always a pleasant individual, ready to assist anyone in whatever way he can. His demise is a great loss to the members of the sub-associations across Guyana, the players and officials.
Sukdeo has given loyal service to the game of cricket and through his quality of his work, earned the respect of players and spectators at the local, national, and regional levels. He was part of the junior panel of umpires for the WICB since 2011 and did duties for the Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 Tournaments. He was also a standby umpire in the WICB PCL 4-Day competition.
Losing a loved one is never easy; our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time we share their pain and grief. May his soul rest in peace!
Meanwhile, Sukhdeo, who in his playing days was an opening batsman for the Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) first division team will be cremated on Sunday May 29 at the Good Hope Crematorium, East Coast of Demerara.