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Guyana Test in limbo

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The third and final Test of the three-match series against New Zealand, carded for Providence Stadium in Guyana, is now in jeopardy after the Guyana Board was deemed illegal and it’s executive debarred from carrying out cricket activities by a local judge.


Madam Justice Sandra Kurtzious ruled that the executive members of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Anand Sanasie, Anand Kalladeen, Dru Bahadur, Fizul Bacchus, Alfred Mentore, Virendra Chintamanie, Rajesh Singh, Rajendra Singh, Colin Europe, Andy Ramnarine, Lalta Digamber, Ramdeo Kumar, Rayon Griffith, Nazimul Drepaul and Savitri Persaud, be restrained from conducting any affairs of the GCB. 


She also restrained those defendants involved in the administration of West Indies cricket, in this case Senasie and Kalladeen from carrying out any duties at the WICB.


The GCB was taken to court by Keith Foster, Anil Beharry, Hubern Evans, Julian Cambridge, Angela Haniff, Raymond Haniff, Romash Munna and Shabeer Baksh, who cited that they were elected to the GCB, illegally because of a flawed constitution. They said that the elections held last year were unconstitutional and hence the GCB could not carry out the day to day functions of the Board.


The third Test of the series is carded to take place from June 26 to 30 and with no board to run cricket in Guyana, the question arises as to who will take charge of the responsibility of hosting the game. 


Senior officials in Guyana believe the match will be moved to either Barbados or Dominica with a strong possibility that the game will move to Dominica because the two T20s that follow the third Test will also be played in Dominica.


There is also the possibility of the WICB contracting a private firm to assist in hosting the games because of the fact that the Guyanese public have been starved for Test cricket. 


The WICB will meet early this week to come up with a decision as to what will be done because tickets sales are to begin soon and preparations for the match will have to get underway in case it is moved to either Barbados or Dominica. 


The opening Test will be played in Jamaica from June 8 to 12. This game will mark Chris Gayle’s 100th Test match, as well as Denesh Ramdin’s debut as Test captain. 


The second Test will follow in Trinidad from June 16 to 20.


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