The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) said it has no intention of boycotting the upcoming El Dorado senior Inter-County 50 overs tournament, despite rumours suggesting such in the fraternity.
This disclosure came from acting Public Relations Officer of the BCB, Carl Moore on Wednesday, who also declared that the BCB will not stop any player from playing in the tournament. Moore added that the board will not hinder the future of any player, despite the differences between the BCB and the local governing body, Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).
“I want to make it very clear that the BCB has no problem with their players being a part of any GCB tournament. The BCB will take part in all forms of Inter-County cricket in Guyana, since the BCB will not hinder the future of any player because of the differences between the two boards,” Moore disclosed.
“So far the BCB has named 24 players to participate in two trial matches, so the players are being prepared to participate in the tournament,” he added.
The BCB and the GCB have been at loggerheads ever since the controversial Annual General Meeting and elections on July 10, 2011.
The BCB had pulled out of those elections, citing financial mismanagement among other irregularities by the GCB. However, the then Vice president David Black went against the BCB’s decision and voted along with the nine other delegates from the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB).
As a result of the way the elections were conducted many observers had labelled that election unconstitutional and illegal especially since only one county board voted.
This resulted in Angela Haniff, Secretary of the BCB, filing an injunction against the newly-elected GCB, claiming that the executives were elected unconstitutionally.
Meanwhile, this year’s Inter-County competition is scheduled from September 21-29.
On the other hand, the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) has organised three senior trial matches as part of preparations for the upcoming El Dorado 50-over Inter-County competition.
The matches are scheduled for today and Friday at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, starting at 09:30h. The three teams will be led by Steven Jacobs, Leon Johnson and Christopher Barnwell. (Rajiv Bisnauth)