The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) upcoming Champion of Champions 20/20 cricket competition is in jeopardy as the club has not been granted permission from the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) to stage the eight-team knockout tournament.
The event, which is a collaborative effort of National Milling Company (NAMILCO), Bakewell and ANSA McAL Trading, was slated to start this Sunday, with proceeds going towards purchasing a minibus to aid the club’s transportation needs.
In a release to the media on Wednesday, the RHTY&SC said the competition will not start on Sunday as was originally planned.
“The management of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club would like to inform the general cricketing public that the start of the NAMILCO/Bakewell 20/20 tournament has been delayed, and as such, it would not be starting on Sunday, 21st April, 2013 as was announced,” the release stated.
It added, “The club has been caught in the middle of the tug of war that has become the norm in Guyana’s cricket where personal power, personality clashes and settlement of scores are more important than the development and playing of cricket.
The RHTY&SC has sought the permission of the Guyana Cricket Board to host the tournament, but it has not been granted on the basis of some legal matters between the GCB and the Berbice Cricket Board. The RHTY&SC is therefore appealing to the WICB and is hopeful of a positive response.”
The club described the move by the GCB as “sickening”, adding that it is hopeful that a compromise will see the competition getting underway soon.
“This situation can only be described as sickening as cricket is being destroyed on grounds totally unrelated to the game. The RHTY&SC has informed the official sponsors of the tournament and they have been very understanding and we thank them for their cooperation,” the release stated.
It concluded, “The RHTY&SC would inform the general public of the new date for the start of the tournament as soon as permission is granted. We would remain committed to its motto: “In Pursuit of Excellent” and would always place the development of youths, sports and education at the top of its agenda.”
In an invited comment, Secretary of the GCB, Anand Sanasie, said the executive committee of the GCB has received the request and after careful consideration, has decided permission will be granted after outstanding issues with the Berbice Cricket Board and RHTY&SC are settled. He did not specify what those issues are.
The tournament will feature eight teams competing in a knockout format with the champion receiving $200,000, the biggest prize for a champion team in a tournament organised by a club in Berbice.
The runner-up will collect $100,000, while the third and fourth place finishers will pocket $50,000 and $25,000 respectively. The Man-of-the-Match in the final will pocket $10,000.
Battling for supremacy will be West Berbice, Blairmont, Bermine, Young Warriors, Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets, Port Mourant, Skeldon and Albion.
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