GCB and WICB confirm Guyana will be the venue for the remaining regional tournaments – 13th Mar 2013
The Guyana Cricket Board and the West Indies Cricket Board have both confirmed that Guyana’s Providence Stadium will be the venue for Guyana’s remaining matches in the regional 4-day and 1-day tournaments. But even as cricket fans here anticipate the return of first class cricket to Guyana in over a year and a half, The WICB has stopped short of releasing any of the fixtures slated for Guyana. The reason; The players union the WIPA, according to a source close to the situation, has not agreed as yet to let its members play in Guyana.
The regional teams are taking this week, which also coincides with the first test match. When they resume on March 30, Guyana is expected to face the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC), in the first 4-day and then the 1-day. They then play Jamaica on the 7th,in a 1-day encounter followed by the 4-day from the 10th of April.
Cricket in Guyana has seen a turbulent 2 years, with different factions pulling and tugging against each other in a bid for the administration of the game that attracts the largest crowds in the country. The ensuing court battle resulted in the formation of an Interim Management Committee headed by legendary WI Captain, Clive Lloyd, and appointed by the Minister of Sport, to look into the affairs of the GCB, to see what needs fixing and if there has been wrong doing. No one has been charged for any wrong-doing as a result of the work of the committee, which also had to come up with a new constitution for the GCB . The IMC has reportedly finished its work and a Bill called the Cricket Administration Bill is before a select committee of Guyana’s Parliament for modifications before being presented.