Guyana top on agenda during WICB directors meeting

WICB may give officials in Georgetown time to settle down their issues AFP

Bridgetown (Barbados): Dec 30, 2011

The directors of the West Indies Cricket Board are scheduled to meet this weekend in St. Lucia where the state of affairs regarding the Guyana board will be one of the key items on the agenda.

This followed the government’s decision to appoint an interim management committee to displace the current executive and take over running of the day-to-day affairs of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).

The WICB is likely to give its full support to the current GCB executive and reiterate the new International Cricket Council policy urging international boards and their constituent members to resist Government control of their affairs.

The Guyana government stepped in to take control of the GCB following a ruling by Chief Justice Ian Chang after the legitimacy of the current executive was challenged in court.

Media reports indicated that this, however, now places the game in Guyana in jeopardy, since the WICB may have no other choice but to impose a sanction – inclusive of a ban – in keeping with international norms.

Alternatively, the WICB may give officials in Georgetown time to settle the issues, allowing the situation to return to normal before imposing the sanction.

The GCB on Wednesday moved to stem the government takeover, taking their case to the High Court to nullify the decision of Minister of Sport Frank Anthony.

Media reports indicated that former GCB president Chetram Singh and current president of the Georgetown Cricket Club Lionel Jaikarran, as trustees of the GCB, filed a court order seeking to overturn Anthony’s decision.

The court order stated that Anthony’s decision was “unlawful, ultra vires, capricious, contrary to and devoid of legal foundation, without lawful authority and arbitrary”.

“I will have much more information soon, but I know that our lawyers are dealing with it and it’s something that we will ensure will engage the attention of the WICB,” GCB Secretary Anand Sanasie told the Kaieteur News daily. (IANS)