CPL and Cricket Carnival a boost to cricket and tourism, says GCB

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The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has commended the government on securing a three-year deal to host the Caribbean Premier League finals, noting that it is a significant achievement.

The GCB believes the hosting of these games and the accompanying Cricket Carnival will be a major boost to cricket development and tourism.

Below is a statement issued by the GCB

The President and Executive members of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) wish to commend His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfan Ali, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and his cabinet on his recent disclosure that the CPL finals will be held in Guyana over the next three years.

Also, that seven preliminary matches are scheduled to be played leading up to the semi-finals and finals in 2022.

President Ali announced this historic achievement at the launch of CPL 2022 held at the National Stadium, Providence on Wednesday March 30, 2022. He highlighted the fact that the event would present a Caribbean flavour of cricket and carnival for two weeks, with Guyana showcasing its full cultural repertoire together with a variety of equal tourist attractions.

President Irfaan Ali (left) and CEO of the Hero CPL Pete Russell with the tournament trophy at the CPL launch in Guyana on Wednesday evening (Photo: Office of the President)

He predicted that the splendour of the occasion will be unrivalled internationally within the tenets of the modern game of cricket. That’s why government has seen it fit to invest heavily in sport and the national budget reflects the unprecedented allocation for sport in Guyana in 2022.

This emphasis on sport has catapulted the development initiative in Guyana and is expected to enhance the social aspect of society with its contribution to career pathway, healthy lifestyles, and an avenue away from society ills.

Apart from the career pathway for cricketers, the game provides for several cricket related jobs. Further, this historic announcement on the playing of CPL semi-finals and finals over the next three years, will enable Guyana to explore avenues for sport tourism.

Additionally, with the expected influx of foreigners to Guyana for the matches, Guyana will benefit economically from the historic CPL investment.

The approach by government to ensure these CPL matches are assigned to Guyana over the next three years, underscores government’s comprehensive understanding of the value of sport to society.

This budget allocation would provide sport organisations with the requisite resources necessary to realise the transformation of most sports in Guyana from an amateur status to a professional sport.

Guyana Cricket Board President, Bissoondyal Singh (News Room photo/Akeem Greene/December 4, 2021)

The GCB’s President Bissoondyal Singh, in an invited comment, praised President Dr. Ali for the historic announcement on the CPL tournament decider to be played in Guyana.

He opined that this is a significant achievement, and an indication of the value government is placing on sport.

Singh said President Dr. Ali is obviously keen on having all sport disciplines employ systematic ways to administer sport in Guyana and has indicated that the characteristics of transparency, accuracy and integrity should be guiding principles of sport administrations.

Dr. Irfaan Ali’s government has witnessed several positive changes in cricket administration. From March 2021 a new executive took the reign of the GCB.

This change continues to see cricket being administered in a structured and progressive way with the three county boards now working more harmoniously to realise common goals and objectives.

President Singh once again commended Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Charles Ramson Jr. for his unwavering commitment to the development and promotion of sport in Guyana.

He said that Minister Ramson’s intervention has been instrumental in resolving outstanding issues within the administration of cricket and that his continued support for cricket has ushered in new purposeful working relations between government and the GCB.

The GCB looks forward to the continued development of national stadiums and the proposed National Academy which will lay a significant platform for the identification and development of players across the country.

The GCB views the Academy as an integral measure in developing the mental, technical and skill acquisition of potential players with the impetus to excel at the regional and international levels.

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