Tuesday, February 20, 2018

WICB deny matches moved from Guyana

The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday denied revising the schedule of matches for the regional 50-over matches, contradicting a story that appeared in the Guyana Times on Tuesday.

That article written by Rajiv Bisnauth under the headline "Barbados, Jamaica to host Guyana's final two regional clashes" allegedly reported that the WICB "in its revised fixtures on Monday confirmed that the matches have been moved from Guyana."

"Regrettably the basis for the article—the so-called "revised fixtures on Monday"—appears to be a figment of the writer's imagination. The WICB did not issue any revised fixtures on Monday last.," said Imran Khan WICB corporate communications officer.

Khan said that no official of the WICB confirmed with Bisnauth or any member of the Guyana Times staff or any other media personnel, any changes, which the article is predicated on.

Khan said at its last meeting, the WICB Board of Directors approved a recommendation for two rounds of Super50 and Regional 4 Day matches to be hosted in Guyana after the mid-season break.

"While the Guyana Cricket Board has been so informed, the WICB management (is) following the due process to ensure all the necessary agreements are in place before announcing the revised schedule," the statement said.

Khan said at no time did the WICB announce a schedule with matches in Guyana, adding that once all the agreements are duly in place, the revised schedule will be announced.

"The Guyana Cricket Board has already advised of its ability to host the matches and has commenced preliminary preparations in this regard," Khan said.

He said the WICB has no information that Bisnauth or any member of the Guyana Times staff , otherwise in regular contact with the WICB Communications Department, made any effort to verify the contents of the article with the WICB before publication.