New GPC walks off the ground
The New GPC that made a proposal to acquire the facilities of the historic Bourda Cricket Ground walked off the ground so to speak saying that there will be no deal. The company headed by Dr. Ranjisinghi “Bobby” Ramroop who is a close friend of former President Bharrat jagdeo claimed ‘issues of confidentiality’ and the fact that the matter was raised in the press as reasons for the decision. Ramroop made an offer of 30 million USD to merge and improve the facilities at Bourda and the adjacent football ground.
This is the second time in as many weeks that a 30 million US dollar deal was made then rescinded by persons who are known to be affiliated in a direct way with the ruling party and government. The last one was a recycling plant proposal from a company that included the daughter of a sitting government minister.
In the case of the Bourda grounds, Dr Ramroop company cautioned those who would continually deride those from the business community that seek to develop their companies and in so doing benefit the country. The Ramroop led company claimed that it was invited to make a proposal about the improvement of the facilities. The correspondence seen by this newscast however made no reference to an invitation. The letter was sent to the Georgetown Cricket and Football Clubs. The Football Club had scheduled a meeting today to discuss the proposal. Some GCC persons rejected it while others were in support.
The Bourda grounds (Football and Cricket) were knocked out of consideration to merge and become eligible to host World Cup Cricket about five years ago after the Guyana Government under then President Jagdeo, decided to build a massive stadium at Providence outside the Capital City Georgetown. All International cricket, football and other sporting events were diverted there resulting in the decline of both the GCC and GFC grounds to the point that some of the historic stands at the Bourda ground deteriorated and had to be dismantled