[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Government has placed on record its absolute rejection for the decision taken by the West Indies Cricket board (WICB) to deny Guyana from hosting the test match against New Zealand at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence later this month as was previous scheduled.
The venue for the match has been shifted to Kensington Oval, Barbados, a move that 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.
The Cabinet Secretary explained that CARICOM and the West Indies have recognised the role that cricket has and continues to play in the region with regards to advancing the integration process.
“Here we have a regional institution that insensitively acts in this indecent, high-handed and reckless fashion, issuing ultimatum to a regional Government… Guyana enjoys cricket and support cricket. Taxpayers’ dollars contribute to the development of the sport in Guyana, who are these Guyanese directors and what were their motives in contributing to the WICB’s terrible decision?” he questioned.
He noted too that since the announcement of this decision and the silence of the Guyanese directors and their failure to repudiate the decision taken by the WICB can be taken as evidence of their support and connivance with the WICB in foisting this unconscionable blow to Guyanese cricket lovers.
The Government has passed and enacted the Cricket Administration Bill to effect guidelines for the proper administration of the game in Guyana