NCN’s Assistant Sport Editor Alethea Grant-Charles (second left) hands over the sponsorship cheque to BCB Secretary Angela Haniff in the presence of NCN’s acting CEO Michael Gordon and BCB Special Events Committee Chairman Hilbert Foster (Photo: Rajiv Bisnauth)
By Rajiv Bisnauth
While cricket in Guyana continues to suffer from administrative struggles and lack of visionary management, the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) can perhaps safely be described as a model of how to achieve goals with proven and dynamic leadership.
On Tuesday, the BCB and the National Communications Network (NCN) confirmed their relationship for the sixth consecutive year with the launching of the NCN Inter-Zone Under-15 cricket tournament.
The company’s Assistant Sport Editor Alethea Grant-Charles handed over a cheque worth $211,000 to BCB Secretary Angela Haniff. The presentation ceremony was held in the studio of NCN, Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown.
Prior to the ceremony, NCN’s acting Chief Executive Office (CEO) Michael Gordon described the BCB as a good example of the administration of the game in Guyana.
He added that NCN was “highly impressed” with the level of cricket as well as the cricket administration in Berbice, which prompted the company to give an additional commitment to ensure the success of the tournament.
“The National Communications Network has observed the degree of management and administration executed by the BCB – in fact we here at NCN believe that in the context of Guyana, in the local context, BCB shines as an example perhaps as the bastion of the administration of the game in Guyana,” Gordon said.
Gordon disclosed that NCN “considers itself a good corporate citizen” and is involved in a number of activities, especially sports, which help youths channel their energy in positive directions.
“We have a social obligation to give back to society and events, such as sports, contribute to the positive development of our young people,” he said. “Therefore we at NCN are more than honored to be associated with events of the BCB.”
Prior to Gordon’s remarks, BCB Special Events Committee Chairman Hilbert Foster expressed his delight that NCN has once again come on board as the official sponsor of the tournament.
He expressed gratitude to the management and staff of the entity for investing in Berbice cricket and expressed the hope that the relationship between the two organisations would be long and successful.
The tournament will feature players born on or after September 1, 1999. It will involve the best Under-15 players in Berbice playing for Upper Corentyne, Lower Corentyne, New Amsterdam/Canje and West Berbice. West Berbice will play New Amsterdam/Canje at the Cumberland ground while Lower Corentyne will clash with Upper Corentyne at the Area H ground.
Matches will be played over two days and the two top teams will face each other in the finals at a venue to be announced. The winner will collect $60,000 and trophy, while the other teams will also receive monetary prizes.
The Berbice Under-15 team will be selected based on performance in the tournament.