By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – President Donald Ramotar believes the recent actions by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), to deny Guyana from hosting the test match against New Zealand at the Guyana National Stadium, was done so as to protect vested interest as it relates to the large sums of money involved in the game.
At a news conference on Saturday, June 07, Ramotar said there is no justifiable reason for shifting the venue for the match to the Kensington Oval, Barbados; adding that the WICB ‘s arrogance is unbelievable as he pointed to the significant investments government have made in this regard.
The WICB had claimed that there was too much interference in local cricket with the recently approved Cricket Administration Bill.
This view was rejected by the Head of State, who noted that the government’s only intention was to ensure local cricket was more accountable taking into consideration the wild accusations of corruption that was hurled against the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).
Ramotar said, “We have bigger politics to deal with than to interfere in cricket politics.”
He explained that the only role the Sport Minister plays is in the setting up of the Board after which the Minister’s role will cease. He reasoned that the action of the WICB is also a threat to Regional Integration.
“I see it as a slap in the face and an attack on Regional Integration.”
The move by the WICB was described by Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon as “appalling”.
He told reporters that what is more inexcusable was the arrogance with which the President of the WICB, Dave Cameron dealt with President Donald Ramotar and his Cabinet.
He also lashed out against the support that the Guyanese directors provided during the Board’s recently held meeting that influenced an unacceptable outcome for Guyana.