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Guyana Test in doubt due to tussle

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 30, 2012

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An overview of the Providence Stadium in Guyana, Ireland v New Zealand, Super Eights, Guyana, April 9, 2007
Providence may lose the third Test against Australia if the conflict between the Guyana government and the WICB is not resolved © Getty Images

The tussle between the West Indies board and the Guyana government has put the Providence Test against Australia in doubt. The WICB shifted the first four rounds of the domestic first-class tournament out of Guyana and said that a call on the Test, scheduled for late April, will be taken later.

The decisions come after the executive committee of the WICB's board of directors had a teleconference on Saturday evening to try and resolve the impasse surrounding Guyana cricket.

Earlier this 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 WICB refused to recognise the IMC, and the stalemate, it was feared, would prevent Guyana from competing in the Caribbean T20 earlier this month, though that did not happen.

Both the GCB and the IMC had submitted teams to take part in the regional four-day competition, which begins on Friday. The WICB announced that Guyana's first two matches will be played at Windsor Park in Dominica, and that a decision on the venue of the next two rounds will be taken later.

The WICB said in a press release that it was yet to hear from the Guyana government regarding an agreement document that was drafted on January 10 after a meeting between the West Indies board, the GCB and the Guyana government.

Australia arrive in the West Indies in early March and round off a series of five ODIs, two T20s and three Tests with a Test in Providence starting on April 23.

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Posted by   on (February 2, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

It is only reasonalble that the match should be removed from Guyana. Even the ICC backs the WICB.Its good to see that clear sense can prevail amidst all the noise. Please let the CG issue die a natural death. Surely the WI should have won the 2011 WC.

Posted by delboy on (February 1, 2012, 2:22 GMT)

So Guyana is the region's Pakistan? It will not be long before they go their own way setting the precedence for something which Trinidad wants to do.

Posted by fireballer on (February 1, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

Maybe Guyana should apply for associate membership with the ICC and start the eventual break up of the WICB..........maybe then Julian Hunt & Co....will see the light.Who is the WICB accountable to?

Posted by WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on (January 31, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

WICB...!!! If u want 2 win series against AUSTRALIA,then u should first resolve the matter with Mr.Gayle...He is a genuine match winner and specially against AUSTRALIA he is just like an ONE MAN ARMY...so plz bring back Chris Gayle in W.I squad and one more thing plz change the captain 2,Sammy does not deserve 2 be a member of W.I squad and u peoples make him a leader of this fine team...Dwayne Bravo should replace Darren Sammy as captain and Gayle should replace any opener in current squad...u peoples have one of best talent of world cricket but u dont know how 2 use these talented boys...

Posted by Silloh on (January 30, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

If it's that according to the international accepted policy that local cricket boards including Guyana must be totally independent of politics, then could someone kindly clarify whether the President of the WICB and CEO of the WICB are above reproach on this matter and did not participate in the recently concluded elections in St. Lucia. Nuff respect.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

In the previous Article regarding west Indies Cricket Board to meet with Guyana The following was Quoted "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 News

Can any one shed some light on what that issue is with Jamaica?

Posted by redneck on (January 30, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

for cying out loud will the west indies stop shooting themselves in the foot at every chance!!!!!! i dont know a thing about guyana or its pollitics but if clive lloyds (a man of integrity) heading the govt. backed board then the wicb should accept it as the guyana board and get on with it. i was happy australia was playing a test there as its the one region of the west indies they never go to.

Posted by Sportsscientist on (January 30, 2012, 22:26 GMT)

Now..................yet again the WICB......involved with messy disputes. Now that Chris Gayle and Sarwan aren't involved, are people still going to say the WICB is not at fault?? If one person has an arguement with 3 seperate people, does it show that the 3 seperate people are trouble makers, or would it indicate that the one person involved in the arguement maybe the root cause of the problem?

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

Nobody seems to zero in that article 2-9 of the ICC regulation under the rubric Independent Member Boards;which states that,Any Cricket Board that comes under the Umbrella of the WICB,If at any of their election,these affiliate Boards have it can be proven that any election they had was not Free and Fair,the ICC can sanction the WICB for accepting them.I think GUYANA has a case of that nature on the TABLE.People are only talking about article 2-7,That talks about Government's involvement;Which a precedent was set by SRI LANKA.But the article 2-9;People are overlooking.In this saga,the days to come would be very interesting. OMAR.

Posted by Silloh on (January 30, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

The step taken by the WICB may certainly be within its rights and international policy .This step has to be as a consequence of the resulting failure to mutually resolve through dialogue.This seems to be the increasing pattern especially if WIPA is involved. Having said that maybe , WIPA should be given to run the full West Indies cricket affairs since at least there will not be any more legal challenges . For now , we have slipped in my opinion a few notches downwards in ratings and are virtually now at the bottom of the pit. West Indian fans are probably immune to the pain now and its a great pity that the youths will be left to look at the greats of the past , including Guyanese on video. It's not too late to stop the Aussies from coming to the Caribbean in April to embarass us further. But, in all things there is always hope and maybe the actions from Guyana may facilitate a new dawn. Only time will tell.There are WI cricketers, talent wise. Sadly, no aligned WI CRICKET VISION

Posted by Adoh on (January 30, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Send in Chris Gayle as the night watchman.

Posted by aclarity on (January 30, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

I always gave WICB the benefit of the doubt but in the Guyana situation I think they should abide by the decision of the court. The Berbice cricket authorities went to court contesting the legitimacy of the GCB elections. The court ruled against GCB. In effect the court on two occasions indicated that the GCB elections were not legitimate. The court is independent of the Government. The court further implied that it could not give a non legitimate authority (GCB) to conduct other elections. Consequently, it asked the Ministry of Sport to identify an interim body to conduct cricket operations pending legitimate elections. It is because the GCB was deemed illegal they have been locked out. Why does WICB still support an organization whose term has expired and is without standing by the judiciary? Is the WICB the best judge? Ask Gayle who still awaits a disciplinary hearing. We like it so.

Posted by Robster1 on (January 30, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

How sad - you truly couldn't make up the goings on in West Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

I'm happy the Guyana Government is taking a strong stand on this issue. We don't wanna the corruption of the WICB in the GCB, leaving out players and all.After 6 months it will all be over and the IMC will present a strong GCB to WICB that they cannot penetrate due to Clive Lloyd. Thrust me Guyanese cricket fans u will not loose anything if the test between Australia and WI is not played here.Reasons-No Gayle, Sarwan, Jokey Sammy (capt), Jokey Gibson (Coach) the game will be over in three days. You only stand to loose your money.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

idk why WICB just can't accept the committee set up by the Guyana gov ... GCB wasn't functioning anyways and Guyana team needs to improve and there is no better man to do it than Clive Lloyd ... i trust that president Donald ramoutar will sort this out quickly

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