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WICB to meet to resolve Guyana impasse

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January 26, 2012

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Haroon Lorgat, Clive Lloyd and Dave Richardson at the ICC Committee meeting, Lord's, May 11, 2009
Clive Lloyd, a non-member director of the WICB, is now heading the Guyanese government-appointed IMC © Getty Images
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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Lloyd is also a non-member director of the WICB; last week, Anand Senasie, the secretary of the GCB which has been replaced by the IMC, wrote to the WICB president Julian Hunte, asking him to remove Lloyd from his role as non-member director.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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Posted by PACERONE 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.

Posted by PACERONE 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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..,

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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>

Posted by yocasi 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.

Posted by   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...

Posted by Silloh 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 ?

Posted by chicoguapo on (January 27, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

I ask you my friend what non-sense is this? to have a dictative board controlling things and NO ONE CAN TELL them when they are wrong is not the right way to do things...someone must be able to step in in the proper way of course, to say to them that they are wrong, that the decision they made is not correct....to give valuable opinions, for example a sports court.....because although for example chris gayle has his actitud, the way the stuation was handled doesnt reflect a professional organization..so sorry to say..the same with the guyana cricket board, memebers must have somewhere to go where they claims in sports, be it crcket, football or whatsoever, that hears their claims immediately, and that makes a decision that the heading organization, has to respect....this is really my only fair, doesnt matter to me if chris, or sarwan plays, but that the WICB doesnt use its authority to be dictators but more facilitators for the sport we love

Posted by   on (January 27, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

Randy........Are you following this Australia cricket team? look what they are doing to the Indains buddy! Don't you think Gayle,Sarwan and Chanderpaul.....could make a big difference? young Bravo...K Edwards...Barrat...Samuels, without our present captain,these guys with some other youngsters can give the Aussies some fight! Progress yes but with veteran and a better captain and COACH.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

Science and technology has changed the game.Natural talent alone do not win games anymore.The team with the technology will win games.What we have? Examine the portfolio of what we have.Not much to be desired. We love our cricket and would really want to be on top again but we do not have the right people and the right too to do the job.WICB board needs to be reviewed.

Posted by bbpp on (January 27, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

The WICB and the various Boards has been doing a wonderful job of managing our cricket. We are above Zimbabwe and Bangladesh so hip hip hooray....keep up the outstanding excellence. Plus the gounds are filled to watch the continuously changing teams....everyone in WI must get a chance to play. I remember the days when Cozier could pick at least 15 out of a 16 man squad because it was the best team playing...But who needs the best.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

I dont say Gayle Sarwan & co are blameless but They are the best we have @ the moment. West Indies should not be like India & stick with Seniors till they cant manage but to take the extremely opposite road & abandon players with experience for novices that are struggling is arguably worse. @ best we should integrate both the young talent that is performing & the seniors who have a lot of experience & know how to pass on. Can anyone in their right mind tell me that a squad with Nash, Gayle, Benn along with Taylor, Sarwan & Bravo when fit added to Kirk, Fidel, Shiv, Ravi, Bishoo, Ramdin, Samuels , Bravo, Bharat, Roach, ( Sammy, Russell Simmons in 20/20 & one day cricket for now) isnt much better than what we used vs India Bangladesh & Pakistan last year?

Posted by   on (January 27, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

@ Randy Wilson -The fact remains that since Lara retired after 2007 world cup until 2011 world cup whenever ever West Indies Batting has done well & we have won , got in a winning position , fought hard to draw a game or lost while putting up a fight it has been 1 or more of the senior batsmen in the side i.e. Gayle Chanderpaul or Sarwan that stood tall. Can anyone disprove this? I can give several examples. In Test Matches since Lara Retired Gayle Sarwan & Chanderpaul have scored over 6600 runs at an average of over 53 Chanderpaul average is over 60. Gayle average is 49 & Sarwan average is almost 45. Yet If it was left up to Gibson & the board alone Even Shiv wouldnt be in the team. why? because they dont care about putting our best 11 players on the cricket field so we have the best chance of Winning. They only care about their own egos, agendas & want players who are easily manipulated yes men.

Posted by SJ4321 on (January 27, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Further the full sitting of the High Court, presided over Justice James Bovell Drakes and Justice William Ramlal, on Wednesday January 25th dismissed the 'Order or Rule Nisi of Certiorari' filed by Lionel Jaikarran and Chetram Singh in their capacity as trustees of the GCB. The two were seeking to quash the decision of December 23 that granted Dr. Frank Anthony, Minister of Sport, the power to appoint an IMC in place of the GCB. The initial ruling was made by Chief Justice Ian Chang. The lawyers representing Singh and Jaikarran had filed an appeal of that decision. The appeal was heard on Wednesday afternoon before the two Judges. In handing down the decision the court informed the GCB representatives that following this final ruling before the Full Court they will not be allowed to challenge again.

Posted by SJ4321 on (January 27, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

The Government of Guyana's formation of a Cricket IMC headed by Clive Lloyd was in keeping with the Honorable Chief Justice Ian Chang's ruling on the 22nd August, 2011, part of his findings explicitly states that: "It is a matter of common knowledge that there exists a Ministry responsible for Sport in general. This indicates that the State has assumed responsibility for the welfare, promotion and proper administration of sports in Guyana and that, since in the present state of affairs, while a legislative structure for the administration of cricket is desirable, there may be the immediate need for the Minister responsible for sports to impose his executive will in the national interest until such time as Parliament can provide a more permanent welfare structure."

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (January 27, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

Match Winner seriously? if Sarwan, Gayle, etc were match winner, West Indies would be dominating World Cricket, yet West Indies remain at the bottom of the charts even before WICB started to do something, when WICB try to do something to change the attitde of the players, everyone put them as the enemy. I would be against WICB, if Gayle and Co, was Dominating World Cup and the cricket board ignore them. for 10 Whole year with Gayle Sarwan,etc. West Indies contiue to Lose matches and Rank number 3 -4 In 1999, to they Rock botton in 2003- 2004 in the world cicket yet with gayle an con we remain there for almost 6 year until WICB made a change in the Contact whihc Gayle, Pollard and BRavo Refuse to sign. We do have a crappy captain but WICB had to do something to, WEST INDIES WASNT A WORLD BEATER with Gayle, Gayle team and this young team isnt differnt, Only thing is this young team can progress, better hopefully.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

I think Gayle should stay as He is because the WICB looks unstable at the moment and have no respect for people like who is the ultimate match winner.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

What nonsense is this? If the WICB has not officially recognised the IMC how dear could the IMC send a team to play in a WICB organised tournament. WICB must decide what it stands for now or never. Governments cannot be allowed to intervene and treat organisations like this no matter what. If the cricketing fraternity in Guyana is so dissatisfied with the GCB they certainly will be booted out of office one way or the other. This is bad precedence for sports in Guyana and the region and must not go without notice and condemnation. WICB must refuse that Guyana team and accept one selected by the GCB. Send a clear message to the Government of Guyana

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