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ICC condemns Guyana government intervention

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 1, 2012

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Haroon Lorgat, Clive Lloyd and Dave Richardson at the ICC Committee meeting, Lord's, May 11, 2009
Clive Lloyd, the chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee, is head of the Interim Management Committee appointed by the Guyana sports minister © Getty Images

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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Posted by   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

Posted by Technical-1 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.

Posted by   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?

Posted by   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.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 2, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by satspeare 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

Posted by FairGameFan 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.

Posted by mar2000 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.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

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

Posted by Nerk on (February 1, 2012, 23:57 GMT)

The ICC is annoyed that someone is showing the sort of strength and common sense that it is supposed to display. "Someone doing something in the best interest of cricket, not on our watch."

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

All you guys who are taking umbrage to every WICB decision should realize that they stand on solid grounds as far as the ICC rules are concerned. Remember how FIFA banned Nigeria when that government took over after the world cup of soccer? The same thing could happen to Guyana if that government persists. The ICC should also ban players like Chris Gayle for unprofessional conduct just like they banned Marlon Samuels, and the Pakistani spot fixers. That way cricket would come up to the standards ot the NBA, and FIFA, etc.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

All you guys who are taking umbrage to every WICB decision should realize that they stand on solid grounds as far as the ICC rules are concerned. Remember how FIFA banned Nigeria when that government took over after the world cup of soccer? The same thing could happen to Guyana if that government persists. The ICC should also ban players like Chris Gayle for unprofessional conduct just like they banned Marlon Samuels, and the Pakistani spot fixers. That way cricket would come up to the standards ot the NBA, and FIFA, etc.

Posted by PaddyRasta on (February 1, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

In simplistic terms, I cannot understand how the ICC can expect a government to idly stand by and allow an ineffective GCB to represent their country and fly their flag. It was about time that something was done about GCB and the ICM was a positive move. There is unfortunately less chance for something to be done about WICB mis-management and the cronyism it fosters. WI cricket will continue to be the loser.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

This is madness west indies cricket is already in a mess let us mash it up one time and call it a day. Clive Lloyd should know better.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

So is the ICC saying that it's okay to have a board, i.e., the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) that was not even a legal registered entity? The GCB like the WICB is a vindictive body. Players who are considered close the West Indies Players Assocation are ostracized - Sarwan (by GCB) along with Gayle and Ganga by the WICB. It was the same Guyana Govt that built a US$30M to facilitate World Cup Cricket to come to Guyana (a poor country). The GCB not so long ago admitted that they were basically bankrupt. They wasted money given to them by the disgraced Allen Sanford. The Guyana team failed miserably last year in the regional competitions. Their coach, Rabindranauth Seeram, a level 1 coach was replaced by Mark harper a level 2 coach. Now, the new illegal board went back to Seeram, who is less qualified than Harper. This is why the IMC is necessary and this is why ICC statement makes no sense.

Posted by TTking on (February 1, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

I agree 110% mohamedamin and I am a Trini.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

These 'rules' got ICC by the sack, they remind me of a child petrified to go into the dark because as the rule goes, a monster is there. If ICC could only see pass it's nose for a second, see past the total ineptitude of the GCB, they will see the GCB is a criminal organisation that throws 'acid' on whistle blowers.

Pay attention and stop running with knives and rules(no government intervention) adopted from other sports(Fifa), it's dangerous!

Posted by PACERONE on (February 1, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

The WICB and ICC will end up taking this thing to court and spend millions of dollars and lose.The ICC has not intervened when WICB is ruining WI cricket.They are backing GCB which broke their own constitution.The court makes a ruling and WICB and ICC are saying go to hell,we are the rulers of cricket.Like someone said the Remaining Governments should dissolve WICB.St.Lucia and some other Windward Islands might not want to.ICC should build stadiums and provide security out of their pockets and not use local Government for these purposes.

Posted by AlanHarrison on (February 1, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Remember when Roy Fredericks was Minister of Sport in Guyana? He'd have sorted them all out. Just like he used to Lillee and Thomson.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

So wait.... The ICC is ordering the member boards to become "democratised", but the reason the Guyana government intervened was because the GCB 2011 elections were unfair and therefore not democratic in the first place! The IMC has stated that they are there temporarily to ensure proper DEMOCRATIC elections can take place. The ICC sure look like fools here.

Posted by Spenkur on (February 1, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

ICC needs a reality Check. Guyana is a soverign nation; sport in cluding cricket is under the umbrella of the guyana Ministry of sports! The ICC and for that matter the WIBC does not have the right to teel a soverign nation how to run its affairs...

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

Does the ICC recognize that all citizens, companies or any entity operating in a country is governed by the laws of that country and are procteted by the goverment of the day in that country? If so, why would they condem the action of the Guyanese Goverment? Instead they should develop a policy of working with goverments to resolve situations of this nature. Important to note, is, the standard of cricket in Guyana is at an all time low, needless to mention the WI, hence, if the Guyana Goverment has taken the initiative to rehablitate cricket in Guyana by commencing with this board dispute and in so doing appointing a man who is respected world wide in the cricketing fraternity, which I am undoubtley sure will filter thru to WI cricket, I can't understand why they The ICC is voicing this condemnation.

Posted by NextWindiesCaptain on (February 1, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

An interesting point of note is that the current Attorney General of Guyana who was only appointed in December 2011 had prior to him being appointed the Attorney General filed several (at least half a dozen) cases against the GCB and has lost or abandoned each and every one of those cases. Now less than three weeks after his appointment as Attorney General the Government of Guyana has chosen to take over cricket. It seems to me that what could not be achieved by the Court is not being achieved by Executive Authority.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

Now i know that the ICC is behind the what the WICB has been doing all this time, the WICB has the the backing of the ICC so that why there is No GAYLE, CHRIS GAYLE is the biggest treat to any body and all the teams out there, so No Gayle means all the high ranked teams are safe like india, since all the ICC cares about is what happen in India.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Mr.Bhagan,Mr.Duch, at what point would it be ok for a government to intervene? who would determine that the time is right to?where does the court get the authority to advise the goverenment to intervene? why didn't the Minister invite the association to discussions, to try and assist in the proper registration of the Association give some thought to those questions and you will appreciate why it is dangerous for governments to intervene in the the operations of associations

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

ok this article is leaving out some very critical information..

The Berbise Cricket club filed a motion against the GCB in Guyana court, because the GCB was in breach of its own constitution and was not legally elected.

The courts have made a ruling that the GCB is not legally constituted and moved to dissolve the Board of the GCB asking the Minister of Sport to appoint an interim committee (the IMC) to over see the administration of the sport until the GCB has a legally elected and constituted board....

The IMC therefore is the GCB and has the authority to conduct business on behalf of the GCB ... The WICB refuses to deal with the IMC and continues to recognise the Board that is not constitutionally elected.

One should also Note the Sarawan plays for the Berbice Cricket Club and has been dropped by the WICB and "former" GCB board from the Guyana Team..

why does this article leave out the facts?

Posted by Haleos on (February 1, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

How about interference of the Govt(directly/indirectly) in BCCI and PCB. Both run by jokers.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

ICC and FIFA. Two of a kind. Cricketers are citizens of a country. The country is expected through their respective Ministries of Sport to provide assistance be it financial, facilities or otherwise in order that the country can put out a competitive team. Yet they must have no say in how the sport is run. It's the whole "You back us and we will keep you in office" set up that has kept FIFA cronies in office for so long.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

the ICC just don't understand the situation that we had ... the GCB wasn't functioning and the IMC was set up to save cricket, GCB is already dissolved so all WICB has to do now is to recognize the IMC as the board of control of cricket in Guyana and we can all can it a day :)

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

Well, that's interesting. I mean, you have Clive Lloyd heading the IMC, and the IMC was formed only after the Judiciary ruled, or in layman terms, ordered the Minister to intervene.

Firstly, ICC in this case is acting against the will of the Judiciary of Guyana, and someone should censure *them* for threatening Guyanese sovereignty.

Secondly, Lloyd's chairmanship makes people wonder whether the Minister was just being a douche or had valid reasons. ICC should have examined the situation before putting a template statement of concern.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

The ICC should first look at itself and it's handling of Zimbabwe.... there goverment not only controls the game there but the have their hand in the cookie Jar with all the monies that comes from the ICC, yet the ICC take a hands off approach. We put Clive Lloyd in charge... someone who know the game better than most if not all within the ICC.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

If the ICC doesn't like the IMC, then the fans of the game should. The interests of the ICC, WICB and all the children cricket boards under the WICB are grossly self serving. Increased control is the only reason the ICC is pushing governments out of cricket. Its a very bad move for fans and for the state of the game. With government oversight, fans and players can have a higher authority to go to, should the need arise.

The rest of the Caribbean governments should follow suit and dissolve the WICB and set up new leadership, one that is answerable to the fans.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Hold on? This article does not state that it is the Berbice Cricket Club that took the GCB to court (not the Guyana Government). The GCB was found by a court to be in breach of its OWN constitution and not properly elected ! The Court ordered the dissolution of the board and asked the Minister of sport to appoint an INTERIM committee to conduct the duties of the GCB until the GCB rectifies its situation. As the GCB is not the duly elected they have no authority and it is a local club that took them to court....

BTW, the GCB has selected a team for the regional 4-day competition and left out Sarawan. Guess which club Sarawan plays for in Guyana!

Posted by Thandiwe on (February 1, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

The ICC must be very careful to set out its principles of non-political involvement in cricket administration. The Guyana case is not a norm. Is the ICC more willing to accept a non-democractic, illegal entity more so than a short-term government intervention under special circumstances?

If the GCB is not a legal entity, how is it being recognized by the WICB and the ICC?

The ICC needs to research their cases before making such public statements.

Posted by mohamedamin on (February 1, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

How can the ICC condemn the Guyana Government when "At the moment, the President of the ICC is a politician and a Minister of Government in India. Other Boards, for example Sri Lanka and Pakistan, are still government controlled. Hunte, the President of the WICB, is the Chairman of the St Lucia Labour Party. He and Hilaire just recently while President and CEO WICB campaigned very actively for that party"......This is like 'The Donkey talking about long ears'.....And for the records, the 2 year time period is not up...the article was issued on June 30th 2011.....From my count two year has not elapsed yet....Why didnt the ICC condemn the Sri Lanka recently concluded troubled and Government controlled election???????Why Guyana?????

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