The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will be allowing Guyana's cricket teams to take part in its regional tournaments. That position, however, could change after the WICB meets in St Lucia on July 20 to discuss the state of Guyana's cricket.
WICB CEO Ernest Hilaire confirmed that the board could re-evaluate its stance on Guyana's participation in regional tournaments, but insisted it did not want to punish the Guyanese players by not letting them take part in competitions.
The Guyana cricketers' participation in regional tournaments was put in doubt when the Guyana government established an Interim Management Committee (IMC), headed by Clive Lloyd, to manage the affairs of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB). The move was opposed by both the GCB and the WICB.
Hilaire said the WICB will not accept any team appointed by the IMC to take part in any of its tournaments.
Last month, Lloyd was quoted on the Guyana Chronicle website, saying he wanted cricket to be played.
"There is Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 tournaments to be played and the problem of team selection would be a major issue once again as I want to see a Guyana team competing at the regional level and I do not want a regional tournament being played without a Guyana team competing."
Guyana did have a national under-17 team take part in the Regional Under-17 Championships in Tobago last week. Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai led the side, which also included Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of West Indies senior team batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Hilaire said that once the GCB sanctions a team, it will be allowed to participate regionally. That means that Guyana could also have teams in the Regional Under-15 Championships bowling off in St Kitts on July 16 and the Regional Under-19 Championships in Barbados.
Asked if Guyana will be allowed to take part in the Regional Super50 later this year, Hilaire said the issue will be discussed at the upcoming WICB meeting.
Hilaire explained that the WICB's position is that the IMC should only be advising the GCB on the restructuring of cricket in Guyana, and not taking over the running of the board.