GCB congratulates Berbice board, even as aggrieved parties ponder options

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Even as the aggrieved parties are contemplating their next course of action, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), the governing body for the sport, has congratulated the new Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) executives, who were elected at Sunday’s election in Corriverton.

News Room understands that many cricket stakeholders in the county are not happy with what transpired on Sunday and are now pondering their options, after they claimed that the Dhierandranauth Somwaru-led executive did not win fairly.

It is understood that those stakeholders will seek the intervention of the courts this week. Nevertheless, on Monday afternoon, the GCB issued a press release, congratulating the new BCB, noting that the process was in accordance with the Cricket Administration Act.

Below is the full text of the message.

The Executive and members of the Guyana Cricket Board wish to congratulate the new Berbice Cricket Board executives. The GCB notes that it was Berbice Cricket Board’s first elections since 2014 and observed the timely conduct of the said process, in accordance with schedule 3 of the cricket administration act.

The GCB believes that the membership of Berbice Cricket Board has spoken and looks forward to effectively working with the new BCB executives in organising, developing and promoting cricket in the ancient county and in Guyana as a whole.”

Meanwhile, the process was not without controversy as four clubs were reportedly not allowed voting rights since they failed to meet constitutional requirements, while the decision to nominate former GCB president Drubahadur, as Returning Officer by 18 members prior to the start of proceedings created some tension among those gathered at the venue.

Presidential candidate Hilbert Foster and Colin Bynoe, Chief Executive Officer of the New Amsterdam Hospital, were also reportedly refused entry into the venue. Bynoe, News Room understands, was expected to perform the duties of Returning Officer.

Apart from Somwaru, Imtiaz Bacchus, David Black and Winston Roberts were voted in as the three Vice-presidents, while Vickram Seubarran (Secretary), Carol Nurse (Assistant Secretary), Godwyn Allicock (Treasurer) and Leslie Solomon (Assistant Treasurer) were elected to fill the other positions.

After the process was over on Sunday, Secretary of the GCB, Anand Sanasie, told the media that the elections were held in accordance with the Cricket Administration Bill.

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