Guyana’s cricket image should not be used as political fodder- Sport Minister

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Statement by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr.

It is difficult for the Ministry to ignore the statements being made about Guyana and Guyana’s cricket administration in the final days leading to the election for the presidency of Cricket West Indies.

While the Ministry appreciates that most elections are fraught with competitive acrimony, it is important to note that Guyana’s image must be protected and ought not to be used as political fodder in the process.

Guyana has always been a stellar source of cricket talent. Some of the talent emanating from Guyanese shores have been ranked officially as the best or among the best cricketers in the world; as Guyanese, we are proud of this record.

Guyana also has one of the largest national cricket-loving populations in the region – filling the national stadium for international matches hosted in Guyana.

Guyana remains a partner for cricket development. Even in the heat of the contest, it is also important to note that His Excellency President Ali has stated the position of the government when he said in relation to the CWI election, “no official or government must exercise seeming bias for any contestants as this will be unethical.”

The Ministry supports the holding of elections but encourages responsibility during the election period especially in relation to statements relating to Guyana and Guyana’s cricket administration.

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