ICC board meeting 2011-12 February 1, 2012

ICC condemns Guyana government intervention

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The ICC board has condemned the Guyanese government's interference in the functioning of cricket in Guyana. In a statement released after its meeting in Dubai, the board reiterated its stand that governments should have no involvement in the running of cricket in any country.

"The ICC Board was concerned to learn of the developments in Guyana where the government has dissolved the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and replaced it with an Interim Management Committee (IMC)," the release said. "In condemning this government intervention in the strongest possible terms, the ICC Board reaffirmed the principle of non-interference and that the only legitimate cricketing authority is that recognised by the West Indies Cricket Board."

The Guyanese government had dissolved the GCB due to a dispute over its July 2011 elections. The elections, in which Ramsay Ali became president, were boycotted by some of the board's constituent members, one of which, the Berbice Cricket Board, took the GCB to court, claiming the new administration was not properly established. The Chief Justice recommended that "there may be immediate need for the minister responsible for sports to impose his executive will in the national interest."

Following that ruling, Guyanese sports minister Dr Frank Anthony appointed the IMC, headed by ex-West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, who is also a former WICB director and chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee, to run cricket in Guyana. The WICB, however, refused to acknowledge the IMC and said the only authority they would recognise was the GCB. The impasse led to several problems, including Guyana nearly missing the Caribbean T20, the shifting of Guyana's first four first-class matches of the season out of the country, and the possible shifting of West Indies' Test against Australia in Providence scheduled for April.

In its annual conference in June, the ICC had taken a firm stance on government interference in cricket and had given its member boards two years to become democratised and free from government and political interference in a bid to improve governance within the game. In keeping with that stance, the ICC board strongly opposed the Guyanese government's actions.

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  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    ok the ICC is angry with the government...so what happen to us the loyal cricket fans who wants to go to the stadium and see cricket.....i think thats where cricket in the caribbean is going wrong the administration is forgetting about the fans..rememver we the fans is what keep the game going

  • Devon L on February 2, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Then All the government around the world should Put A PADLOCK on all the Stadiums.. And Ask that ICC Gave them back all their money they invest in infrastructure.

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Since ICC is so concerned about West Indies team. Why has it not commented on WICB refusal to put an end to their dispute with discarded player Chris Gayle? Isnt it obvious that politics, egos & personal biases/opinions are preventing the region from putting its second best batsman since Lara retired on the field. Shouldnt that be more of a concern that the Judiciary of a sovereign national making a decision in the best interest of cricket in that country?

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    @ Merlin Moore It is WICB & its cronies that need to be banned for unprofessional behavior. The decisions they make are for the most part ridiculous often bordering on asinine. 2 prime examples of which are the inexplicable selection of a captain who cannot hold his place in the team as an all rounder. Sammy went from not being able to captain a West Indies G string side vs Bangladesh ( they gave captaincy to Reifer, imagine that) to leading The official team without improving as a player, being able to hold a place in the team for any reasonable period of timer or proving his credentials as captain by winning regional tournaments. secondly they discard the second best performing player from the team without thinking of the damage they are doing to West Indies crickets chances of winning matches.

  • Manesh on February 2, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    as usual, BCCI must be behind it. They are using money power, blah blah...lol

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    It should be noted that Cricket in the Guyana and the Caribbean is just not a game, but a mechanisim that holds our people together and an event that fosters social devloplement & harmony.The benifits of sports economics has now emerged as a dominant institution which contributes in a large way to the economies of developing countries such as Guyana. While it can be argued that cricket could be best served by non political interventions, it is critical to recognise the deleterious effects of a body which do not command the respect of the systemic fraternity or other legallly established bodies within the jurisdiction of a country. The limits of scope of Jurisdiction by the WICB & ICC must have a measure particularly with regards to whether the situation is damaging to the continued development of the sport as well as the impact it is having on the State as a whole. I see the Domestic Court ruling & intervention of the Guyana Govt as a necessary condition given the published issues

  • Satesh on February 2, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    The relevant authorities in Guyana has done the legally correct thing. WICB and ICC does not possess the legal grounds to over rule a decision arrived at via a judicial process in a Sovereign nation. This is not a political decision but a legal judicial one based on the findings during a trial in the high courts in Guyana. ICC has been rather silent to date during the Gayle saga and should now remain silent. However, I wish if all the West Indies local territorial boards grow a backbone like the Berbice board did, and stand up to the WICB. Why can the cricket boards from T&T, Jamaica, Barbadoes etc get together and vote to nullify the WICB and hold an election for a new officials in WICB? Also make some changes in how this board operates - like term limits. who in the world can correct the WICB and ICC?? The current players, coaches - no one is allowed to be critical of these self-centered, egoistic, narrow-minded, short-sighted individuals or boards. They are ruining this lovely game

  • Emmanuel on February 2, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    No government interference, those are the rules of the game, or they soon will be. The ICC needs to become even more like FIFA. Under FIFA rules, you take the local body to court all football is stopped, local and international. The plaintive is also banned from participating in any football activities. Government interference==poor governance.

  • Alex on February 2, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Its the PEOPLE who always lose in such an intervention . The people of Guyana will be void of first class cricket for quite sometime . Vexxz.

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    the guyana government did the right thing, to hell with wicb and icc.

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