West Indies news February 3, 2012

Guyana Test match moved to Dominica

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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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  • satspeare 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

  • NBRADEE 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...

  • 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

  • Reggaecricket 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.

  • Silloh 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.

  • on February 4, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    GUYANA IS MY HOME COUNTRY!!

    JAI HIND!

  • 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???

  • Alexk400 on February 4, 2012, 20:49 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • satspeare 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

  • NBRADEE 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...

  • 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

  • Reggaecricket 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.

  • Silloh 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.

  • on February 4, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    GUYANA IS MY HOME COUNTRY!!

    JAI HIND!

  • 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???

  • Alexk400 on February 4, 2012, 20:49 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • on February 4, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Guyana is Not a Island. Guyana have alot of talented crickets but our cricket is worst than school boys cricket. Its a disgrace to Guyana. The GCB should held accountable. The GCB administration need some tumble up.

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    The WICB, does not recognized the IMC which is headed by one of the greats of Guyana and West Indies cricket, Mr. Clive Lloyd, who has more knowledge than those of the WICB put together about cricket and how to run an administration, will make the WICB look like fools (which they are). WICB wants a board that will just sit back and do the same thing to guyana cricket, as the WICB does for our beloved game.

  • Gizza on February 4, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Ironically in the 60's, 70's and 80's the West Indian islands and countries (referring to Guyana) could have actually split and were probably strong enough to each receive Test status. Now if Jamaica, T&T, Guyana, Barbados, Antigua, Grenada, Dominica want to go their own ways I think the ICC will have no choice but remove Test status from all of them. Ok so they were better in T20 than the Netherlands and Canada at home. But even the Netherland were missing their stars. All of the Caribbean teams will struggle to beat Afganistan or Ireland let alone Zimbabwe or Bangladesh (and then of course the big 8 teams which will become the big 7 taking out WI).

  • on February 4, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    I wonder where was the WICB when all those Governments across the region here investing millions in those stadia across the Caribbean that never made those projected windfalls? Did they step in to pay the debts ? I think the goverments of the region have invested enough money in the cricket they have a right to have a say in what is going on.It is time the WICB becomes acoountable for its actions. Who suffers as a result of the millions they continue to lose to WIPA, and issues like the fiasco in North Sound. I am sure this will also become a matter for litigation as the loss of revenue incurred as a result of not hosting a test match against Australia cannot be so autocratically taken away.

  • on February 4, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Well i was once a strong supporter of west indies cricket and like many others i just stop because of the kind of people we have running our cricket and the way they cause our team standard to fall to an all time low.I feel any govt should intervene in any sports once things like this is not right.The other boards within guyana dispute the the decision of the current GCB and the court made a ruling and WICBC has no right to disregard the committee but should work to make the matter solved as fast as possible.The wicbc instead support the illegal board because they themselves are just as currupted just like the GCB and like the saying goes birds of a feather.I supported the Guyana govt for standing strong on this issue and hope they can get a new election and get a new board in place as soon as possible.Our money is been spent there and we all have a right and wicbc or ICC should not condem but work with any country when things like this happen.Guyanese you will save your money anyway

  • on February 4, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    WE ARE THE WEST INDIES! IF THE GUYANESE CHOOSE TO GO THEIR SEPERATE WAYS, WE WILL STILL BE THE WEST INDIES!

  • on February 4, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    It seems that we as a region have learnt nothing about the consequences of a lack of unity and solidarity. I read comments that the regional teams should go their own way. That would be a fatal error for more reasons than one. West Indies cricket is a brand, a tradition, and a legacy that needs to be safeguarded. With regard to the GCB situation, Yes it was wrong for the government to intervene, because I believe that the GCB should have been given an opportunity and a timeframe to bring its governance in line with the governance of the rest of the criketing boards. This is what the IMC's role should have been. The interim board for the GCB. The mere fact that Clive Lloyd has stepped in goes to show how much Guyana cricket means to him, and I applaud him, but his efforts would be better served within the GCB framework, not outside it. Thi WICB again, need to understand, and be prepared for the impact of any decision that trhey make "in the best interest of cricket".

  • on February 4, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    It is the court's decision...it not the Government... WICB needs to wake up...and drop their egos at the door.

  • Technical-1 on February 4, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    All the Nations need to stand with GUYANA.. the only way to bring down WICB.

    Banned the WICB from Playing any Cricket in Any of the ISLANDS!

  • Deenesh on February 4, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    This is a disgrace...take it from a guyanese.

  • on February 4, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    GUYANA IS NOT AN ISLAND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 4, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    I am a fan of West Indies. It is a shame that it has come to this. But on the other hand, why not disbanden WI cricket and go solo? Perhaps start in associate league (so that you can help other countries) and then work your way up? Plus you'll have more countries participating in cricket.

  • on February 4, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Is this the government of the entire North and South American Island that we're talking about?

  • on February 4, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    Its high time that Jamaica , Trinidad and Tobago , Guyana to have separate test and one day teams . May be rest of the islands can play as a team . Administrators being from different countries are always putting west indies cricket in a grid lock situation.

  • degiant on February 4, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    Guyana is not an island, it's located on the main land of South America

  • on February 4, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Ummm Guyana is definitely not an island.

  • on February 3, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    another sad day in West Indies cricket.. the fans will suffer most. I can't determine whose wrong but i can assume that the Guyanese Government's intention was noble but its approach was brash. The solution...the government should bow out gracefully and agree to work with the board for the betterment of the sport in its country.

  • on February 3, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    The Guyana Cricket Board was ruled unconstitutional by the Federal Judiciary. The Guyana Government then created an Interim committee, head by Clive Lloyd to run the affairs of cricket in Guyana. The WICB has no right to disregard that committee and only recognize an illegal organization in the GCB. When its all said and done, WI cricket probably lost one of its biggest crowd in that entire series.

  • on February 3, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Correction: Guyana is a country*

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  • on February 3, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Correction: Guyana is a country*

  • on February 3, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    The Guyana Cricket Board was ruled unconstitutional by the Federal Judiciary. The Guyana Government then created an Interim committee, head by Clive Lloyd to run the affairs of cricket in Guyana. The WICB has no right to disregard that committee and only recognize an illegal organization in the GCB. When its all said and done, WI cricket probably lost one of its biggest crowd in that entire series.

  • on February 3, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    another sad day in West Indies cricket.. the fans will suffer most. I can't determine whose wrong but i can assume that the Guyanese Government's intention was noble but its approach was brash. The solution...the government should bow out gracefully and agree to work with the board for the betterment of the sport in its country.

  • on February 4, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Ummm Guyana is definitely not an island.

  • degiant on February 4, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    Guyana is not an island, it's located on the main land of South America

  • on February 4, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    Its high time that Jamaica , Trinidad and Tobago , Guyana to have separate test and one day teams . May be rest of the islands can play as a team . Administrators being from different countries are always putting west indies cricket in a grid lock situation.

  • on February 4, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Is this the government of the entire North and South American Island that we're talking about?

  • on February 4, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    I am a fan of West Indies. It is a shame that it has come to this. But on the other hand, why not disbanden WI cricket and go solo? Perhaps start in associate league (so that you can help other countries) and then work your way up? Plus you'll have more countries participating in cricket.

  • on February 4, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    GUYANA IS NOT AN ISLAND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Deenesh on February 4, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    This is a disgrace...take it from a guyanese.