Caribbean T20 news January 7, 2012

Guyana set to play Caribbean T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Guyana are set to take part in the Caribbean T20 tournament despite an ongoing dispute with the government over the administration of cricket in the country, which resulted in the offices of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) being locked. The WICB said the GCB had made progress in being able to field a team and that they had sought additional assistance from the West Indies board, which was provided to facilitate their participation.

Guyana are scheduled to play Leeward Islands in Antigua on January 9, the opening day of the tournament.

"The WICB is delighted that the GCB, against considerable odds, and despite the Government of Guyana's refusal to unlock its offices, has been able to make significant steps towards being able to provide the Guyana team," the West Indies board said. "The WICB felt compelled to offer its assistance to the GCB in the best interest of the Guyanese cricketers, the fans of cricket in Guyana and all stakeholders.

"The WICB hopes there will be no further logistical and / or administrative hurdles placed before the GCB or the team to prevent the team's participation. The WICB restates its commitment to the process for ensuring that the management and governance of cricket in Guyana is strengthened and improved while reiterating that the authorised governing body for cricket in Guyana is the GCB."

The GCB had its authority taken away by the Guyana government, which then appointed an interim management committee headed by former Guyana and West Indies captain Clive Lloyd. The standoff between the Guyanese government - represented by sports minister Dr Frank Anthony - and the GCB, and by extension the WICB, dates back to the disputed Guyana board elections in July 2011.

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  • Douglas on January 9, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Cricket is a game for the people and it is good to see the government step in and take control over these boards who appear to thave their own agendas. I wish the same can be done about WICB.

  • shurwayne on January 8, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    One must understand how these things a team based on performance...i agree over the years the WICB have given some these players oporunity based on correct your mistake and have a tournament that allows you to select these players based on performance....and each board MUST select their players based on performance in the local competition..Do the thing right,do it correctly. Mr hillaire has marred west indies cricket with shame based on how his has made the board take certain stance.The board and palyers should be battling for who has more ego but for what is best for west indies cricket.thats why we have to be careful not to let one man rule things.It can end up bad for us.Chris is a great cricketer and is better than any opener we have at the moment..and any level.his NON-SELECTION is a bother to most,but what worries me more is the fact that this same situation can repeat with any other player if Mr. Hillaire feels to do so. A word to the wise is good enough

  • shurwayne on January 8, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    @Randy_WIlson and company, if you are true west indian fans and do some logical reasoning, you will see that what you are saying has little or no merit..A team isnot one or four persons, so firstly you cannot say west indian dropped in the rankings because of them...secondly,doesnot matter if you pick or not these players, the team muct be selected from the best we have and i can assure you, that the west indies cricket board communist style leadership has not allowed that to happen..young talent like kirk edwards, darren bravo and lendl simmons combned with gayle and chanderpaul, because i am not convenced by sarwans perfomance, would have made out batting line up even stronger,accept, it is not about gayle or chanders, or taylor, its about picking the best team and leaving personal grudges asside..if a leader cannot do that,like mr. hilaire cant, then our cricket will always be where it is, no matter who we pick..the horizon wouldnt be near

  • Ahmad on January 8, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    just going to post this, I think is time we move on from Charis Gayle and Co. West Indies WAS NOT a world beater when Gayle and Co rule West Indies Cricket, they did as they like, they didn't care but about Board, and The board let it happen, it was a shame on the board. everyone who keep support Gayle and Co, Gayle and Co carry West Indies From Rank 4 to Rank 8. Post 2000. If you have any doubt or If dont beliver what i am saying do some research on West Indies Cricket and you will see, when we had Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Senoir Bravo, J Taylor, F Edwards, D Ramdin, K Pollard, etc and all the top players that you can name, West Indies went from Rank 4 to Rank 8 and remain Rank 8 since then. So if the WICB decide to change thing why do people have a problem> look right now India getting beat by Aussie, and people saying get rid of Dravid, Sehwag,etc if you check it they are TIMES better players than Gayle and Co.

  • Ahmad on January 8, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    @ Hafeez it's strange i never knew Cricket was played by one man a side. I know cricket is played by 11 players per side. and West Indies Cricket do have talent it shame people only sees Gayle, Pollard and Bravo. We got some good player who people dont give a chance or dont even care about them. Plus Trinidad Have Pollard and Bravo in there line up, and also Barbados have F Edward in there line up, and if yoju mean Kirk Edwards, he is Barbados Captain. IT seem you dont know nothing about West Indies Cricket. IF Sarwan, Gayle ect wasnt drop, we would never had seen much of Daren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Andre Russel,etc . It time people realize Cricket isnt played by one man, Big Example Gayle in Big Bash, making all those big score, but his team is losing. That dont make any sense.

  • yokasi on January 7, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Mr. Al Raji, these guys you are crying over are nothing compared to Sir Viv, Prince B C Lara, Ambi et al so if cricket has gone on without those Greats, it surely will go on without the mediocre prima donnas you are pining after. Look at what's happening to India's IPL badjohns down under.

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    kuddoos to the guyana govt. for stepping up. some more carribbean govts needs to steo up and step to the wicb. put a stop to their power hungry inconsidersate heads . that they cannot hold the pple as hostages

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    @ haffeez ali.....actually BRAVO...POLLARD are playing...i think edwards might also be back but im not sure abt him....gayle def is not in the jamaican squad

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Without gayle, pollard, bravo, edward the tournament is nothing

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee meeting on Cricket convened at the CARICOM Secretariat yesterday to iron out issues that over recent weeks stymied the hopes of the Guyana team being represented.

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