Tuesday, February 20, 2018

T20 doubts over Guyana

Cricket still in limbo, WICB concerned

There is a lot of uncertainty concerning Guyana's participation in next year's Caribbean Twenty20 after the country failed to submit their squad for the tournament by the stipulated deadline date which was November 22.

The West Indies Cricket Board confirmed yesterday, via a media release, that the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) still has not submitted a squad for the January 6-20 tournament which takes place in Trinidad and St Lucia.

The WICB board of directors met in Trinidad over the weekend and expressed, "grave concern at the length of time it is taking for a resolution to be had to the situation in Guyana".

Guyana, who won the inaugural Caribbean T20 in 2010, still have a chance to be part the 2013 tournament after the WICB board of directors directed the WICB management to make another request to the GCB to provide a Guyana team to participate in the tournament, and for WICB management to set a new deadline date for the Guyana team to be submitted.

The situation in Guyana arose in December last year when the Guyana government dissolved the GCB and replaced it with an Interim Management Committee (IMC), headed by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, to manage the affairs of cricket in Guyana.

The action was taken due to a dispute over the GCB's July 2011 elections.

In the media release yesterday, the WICB reiterated its position on the Guyana situation, noting that it recognises the GCB as the sole governing body responsible for the administration, management and development of cricket in Guyana.

"The WICB has used its best endeavours to ensure that the players and match officials have participated in every regional tournament under the auspices of the WICB since the situation in Guyana developed," the release said.

"The Board awaits the outcome of this critical process; however restates its commitment to play its role in finding a resolution and has acted in accordance with this commitment in the past.

"The Board further implores all parties involved to use their best endeavours to ensure that the situation with regard to cricket in Guyana returns to a level of acceptability in the shortest possible period," the release stated.

Guyana have so far taken part in all the WICB competitions in 2012 including the Caribbean T20 and the regional four-day tournament.

Guyana also had teams in the regional youth tournaments including the Under-19 three-day and 50 overs, the inaugural Under-17 and the Under-15 competition.