West Indies news February 3, 2012

Guyana Test match moved to Dominica

ESPNcricinfo staff

Guyana has been stripped of its scheduled Test match between West Indies and Australia due to political interference by the country's government, the WICB has announced.

The third Test of the series will now be held in Dominica from April 23-27, the dates unchanged from the original schedule.

"The change in venue is as a result of the situation in Guyana owing to the Government of Guyana's push to take over the management and governance of cricket in the country," the WICB said in a statement.

"The Guyana Cricket Board, which is the agent of the WICB and the legitimate cricketing authority, has been prevented from undertaking the necessary tasks needed to ensure the successful hosting of the match."

Last month the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) was locked out of its premises by the Guyana government, which appointed an Interim Management Committee (IMC) headed by Clive Lloyd to govern the sport in the country because the July 2011 GCB elections were being disputed.

The ICC decried the Guyanese government's actions, stating after its most recent meeting that: "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)."

"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."

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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  • Satesh on February 6, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    @Alwyn Szala, NOTING has changed! Its the same old attitude that makes WICB part of the regions problem rather than part of the solution. When was the last time this board has solved a problem in our region?? They can't even manage to be unbiased when dealing with individual players issues, how then can they ever respond wisely to this type of situation. Since these folks can see the difference between a political action and a judicial finding, they should not be incharge of WI cricket.They have spoken and what they said is truly astonishing- rather support an illegal GBC than IMC inspite of being told that the IMC is only temporary!! Hopefully the West Indies territories' local boards can come together and have a no-confidence vote and replace these incompitent, egoistic, short-sighted, malicious individual with folks who have the WI best interest at heart. Breaking up the WI is not a viable option - now or ever. and how about getting Gayle to wear WI colors again SOON, WICB & ICC too

  • Nigel on February 5, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Breaking up will only reduce to another micro-level the ineptitude of our people to govern ourselves. To break with this tradition of mediocrity, we have to look at the administration of the game closely, and understand how it is a microcosm and subset of our culture and ATTITUDE. The structure for regional administration needs to also change, but emotions need to be focussed and directed to ensure we get what we all want - a return to a successful, winning team. This can be done with a breed of entrepreneurs who can understand the game internationally and lock our Caribbean vibes to. Lastly, we need to understand how to ensure that we continue to innovate, as maintaining the pole position in the game means being able to quickly re-work the ship to sail smoothly again when games and mojo are lost.

    This incessant, reactive, bickering is carrying us nowhere, and we do not have the same problems that Sri Lanka or Pakistan have. Rally Round the West Indies...

  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    this is my west indies test team for the upcoming australian test series

    gayle ramdin edwards bravo chandrapaul samuels bravo sammy narine bishoo edwards

  • Ron on February 5, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Ernest Hillaire has been to WI Cricket what Ijaz Ahamad was to Pakistani Cricket. Time to dissolve the WICB, Get Chris Gayle back into WI Cricket and solve this latest crisis.

  • Hollis on February 5, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    West Indies have been at the bottom of the table for years Talented West Indian players are being attracted by the IPL 20 overs cash. and you can not really blame them for accepting these lucrative contracts. What is happening in Guyana is going to further sadly accelerate the destruction of West Indies Test cricket.

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2012, 21:45 GMT



  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    @Deenesh whats a disgrace , a government want to see the game run good?Do you know what is going on with GCB???

  • Alex on February 4, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    They need to split west indies. T&T play as a single country. Guyana is single country.

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Once again, we Guyanese cannot get our acts together. It is true we don't deserve to be part of the West Indies team anymore...brutal indeed for our great cricketers.

    From water drenched outfields televised live for the world to see, to this now political interference. The problem Guyana has always had is very poor leadership and this has not changed one bit.

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    I am confuse, if the court in Guyana" THE COURT "not the government found the elections to be illigal therefore from that moment leaving cricket and cricketers in Guyana without a governing body. could somebody tell me how what the ministry responsable for sports in Guyana did was wrong? what were they supposed to do? and the last time I checked, the court was not the government. did something change since then?

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