West Indies news January 26, 2012

WICB to meet to resolve Guyana impasse

ESPNcricinfo staff

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will hold a teleconference on Saturday in an effort to resolve the impasse between the board, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and the Guyanese government. Earlier this month, the 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.

Lloyd is also a non-member director of the WICB; last week, Anand Senasie, the secretary of the GCB which has been replaced by the IMC, wrote to the WICB president Julian Hunte, asking him to remove Lloyd from his role as non-member director.

The WICB refused to recognise the IMC, and the impasse, it was feared, would prevent Guyana from competing in the Caribbean T20, though that didn't happen. But the board is set to meet ahead of the Regional Four Day Competition, the first-class tournament starting on February 3.

"The WICB is making every effort to find a solution. On Saturday we will be holding a teleconference to discuss it as well as an issue with Jamaica. Both (the GCB and IMC) have been at each other and clearly that can't continue. The players' business must come first," WICB director Dr Allen Sammy told Newsday.

The IMC has named a provisional 30-man squad, with Ramnaresh Sarwan as captain, for the first-class competition, and the WICB said efforts should be made to ensure the players are not distracted by the ongoing problem. "What is most important is that players must be given an opportunity to play for their country and without any burden on their mind. They are playing to win for Guyana and to get on the West Indies team but the right environment must be there for that to happen," Sammy said.

The current standoff between the Guyana government - represented by sports minister 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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  • Earl on January 30, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    To solve West Indies cricket problems the WICB should be taken to court where they like to spend money and lose.Had it not been for the Guyana government..Burnham.. intervening we might never seen the greatest team and captain..CLIVE LLOYD. How will the Guyanese people feel and react to their team playing away from home? They are not even certain where some of the games will be played.Is this why our players must play in these WICB tournaments to be eligible for selection? We seem to have the most poorly organized tournament in the world.In the recently concluded T20..the amount of dropped catches and near run outs and run outs shows that we have a long way to go.It would be better for our top cricketers or up coming cricketers to play away from home.Some of our great players played in The Lancashire league,Australia and English county cricket.They ever suffered for playing in those leagues.

  • Earl on January 30, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    Well here we go again!!!WICB has another problem that they have created.GCB and WiCB needs to go.WI have players capable under proper guidance to recoup our great year or at least come close.I look at Englands bowling after Gibson and England must be glad to get rid of him.I watched Roach bowling in Sri Lanka and since then he has been inconsistent.He should be firing like he did in Australia and Sri Lanka.How long is Bishoo going to last if he has to burden our bowling.Benn did well on docile tracks and when we had spin friendly wickets he was banished.So we have banished/exiled Gayle Taylor Sarwan and Benn..all of these players could play on a S.Africa team.We were lucky not to lose Shiv.These veterans with our young players would be exciting to watch.The previous coach was getting our players to gel until the screw up with D/L and we did not have the coach against players.We had WICB criticizing the captain in public and expected him to not reply.Now we play our cricket with 10 men.

  • Dummy4 on January 29, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    The best West Indies would be competitive with the best: Gayle, Bharat, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Darren Bravo, Ramdin/Baugh, Bishoo, Rampaul, Edwards, Roach/Taylor.

  • Dummy4 on January 29, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    There is nothing wrong with the Cricketers... The IPL has shown the DEPTH of talent in the West Indies...

    Compare the budget of the TTCB to the WICB ! please note how many positive things Pollard and Bravo had to say about the T&T coach, management and Team Physio while they were playing carrying injuries in the recently concluded Caribbean 20/20 championship.....

    Compare that to the issues with Bravo paying for his own healthcare when he plays for the West Indies ! ...

    Tell me, what is the WiCB doing with all it's money? the TTCB has 1/10 th the budget of the WICB, but can afford better health care for its players !!!! the TTCB also does not have players paying for plane tickets and hotels out of their own pockets, because management made inaccurate arrangements...

    the success of the T&T cricket team in India shows the WICB how PROPER management concentrating their limited resources to enable the players can enable a team to perform well.

  • Dummy4 on January 28, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    What nonsense is this?Devron Alexander-This is a case where the Court of Guyana had to intervene,because of all sorts of allegation of mismanagement,corruption etc;So the matter went to Court many times and the result was that the Judge ruled,ordered,that the Guyana Cricket Board was a non entity,in other words had no Locus Standi.And that they have to go to Parliament to remedy all the Legal ramifications,in other words Legalize the whole Board properly,do over it's constitution and to do a forensic audit of all it's assets;For that to be done,the Court instructed the Minister of Sports to be the custodian of the entire scenario;That is how an IMC was formed,not to take over Cricket in its entirety,but to be the medium,until all these investigations are over;Then they will call election of the GCB.There are more to it than what I have mentioned;But that is the jest of the matter in a nut shell.You cannot carry out an investigation with the same people in office..,

  • Dummy4 on January 28, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    The persons regulating these posts are really doing a disservice to the general feel out there. Rather than mediate, there seems to be a preference for a particular type of comment. If this issue were a football matter,the country's team would have been banned a long time ago.

  • Dummy4 on January 28, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Yocasi......When these seniors were on the team,they were pressured by this "Coach" a man who couldn't make the West Indies team as a player!Now be has a Captain who can't make the team as a player,and these guys telling the seniors how to play! Ever Team Need Experience Players,hockey,football,basketball or baseball....so does CRICKET>

  • yokasi on January 28, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Buzzo Shirwam, you seem to have forgotten that all we did was get pummelled with the guys you mentioned. Mental attitude and team cohesion are so important in sports that skill alone won't compensate for the lack of these virtues. Lazy, unfit and disruptive players, especially when they are the seniors, can only make for a poor team.

  • Dummy4 on January 28, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    @ Randy Wilson... seriously ! take a look are cricketing stats posted on cricinfo..

    there was nothing Wrong WITH THE BATTING !!!!!! Gayle, Chanders, and Ronnie did a great job... THEY EVEN SET THE RECORD FOR THE HIGHEST SUCCESSFUL RUN CHASE TO WIN A TEST MATCH IN CRICKET HISTORY ........

    The BOWLING was the trouble during the 2000-2001 ... after Walsh & Ambrose ... we have no bowlers averaging below 30 in TEST CRICKET.. .... Some bowlers were averaging over 40, and the WICB kept picking them...

  • Hollis on January 27, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Without getting in to who is right or wrong - will the WICB ever reach the stage where the focus is really on the CRICKETERS rather than settling disputes and yet another impasse ?

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