Guyana Cricket Board

Name: Guyana Cricket Board
Founded: 1943
Address: Shiv Chanderpaul Dr, Bourda, Georgetown
Telephone: 227-7130

History

The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) was founded in 1943, taking over control of cricket in all of Guyana from the Georgetown Cricket Club. This followed the formation of the Berbice Cricket Board in 1939. William Stanley Jones, then president of the Georgetown Cricket Club, became the first president of the GCB. Jones, who was born in New Amsterdam and who donated the famous Jones Cup to the GCB in 1954, was president of the British Guiana Sugar Company at that time.

Before the formation of the GCB, first division cricket was played for the Parker Cup in Demerara (mostly Georgetown) and the Davson Cup in Berbice. Though Parker Cup and Davson Cup competition was open to players of all races, club membership often followed race lines.

In 1917 Thomas Flood, president of the British Guiana East Indian Cricket Club (now Everest) introduced the Flood Cup for inter-county competition involving East Indians only. In 1919 the Kawall Cup was introduced for competition between East Indians of British Guiana, Trinidad and Dutch Guiana. Both Flood Cup and Kawall Cup competitions ended in 1938. The introduction of the Jones Cup for inter-county competition open to players of all races in 1954 indicated the end of race-based competition.

Past GCB presidents include: William Stanley Jones (1943); John St Felix Dare(?); Sir Clyde Walcott (1968 - 1970); Ken Wishart (1970 - 1972); Frederick Rampersaud (1972 - 1973); Berkeley Gaskin (1973 - 1979); Joe Solomon (1979 - 1980); Major-General Norman McLean (1980 - 1991) and Chetram Singh (1991 - 2011).

When the GCB was formed in 1943, cricket was run by the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) in Berbice and by the Essequibo Cricket Committee in Essequibo. Berbice had 2 votes in the GCB - the same number as a Georgetown first division club. In 1969 the Berbice votes were increased to 3 when the rules were changed so that the BCB Chairman of Selectors would automatically be one of the five National Selectors.

In 1971 the rules changed again and Berbice gain 3 more votes, bringing its tally to 5. The Essequibo Cricket Committee became the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB), with 4 votes in the GCB. Each Georgetown first division club still had 2, for a total of 16 votes. In 1972 it was agreed that the presidents of the BCB and ECB would automatically hold the posts of 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents in the GCB. This automaticaaly increased the Berbice votes to 6 and Essequibo votes to 5.

In 1973 several Georgetown clubs wrote then Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports Shirley Field-Ridley, expressing dissatisfaction with the administration of GCB President Frederick Rampersaud. A commission of inquiry was convened, hearings held throughout Guyana, followed by new elections, which led to Rampersaud being replaced by Berkeley Gaskin. Gaskin died in 1979, while still serving as GCB president.

In 1992 the GCB handed over control of cricket in the county of Demerara to the newly-formed Demerara Cricket Board.

In 1999, for the first time in history no regional first class matches were scheduled to be played in Guyana, at the request of GCB president Chetram Singh. This was because weather forecasts  predicted unusually large amounts of rain in Guyana during the regional first class season.

More history was made in 1999 when local players donned coloured clothing for the first time in a local club competition, the Banks Premium Beer, which was won by GCC. This new practice was in keeping with international changes, but only clubs in Demerara seemed to transition smoothly at first. The other finalists, Albion of Berbice, had to resort to their own clothing after that provided by the sponsors proved inadequate.

The entire GCB executive was returned unaminously at the Annual General Meeting on 21 January 2007, at the Georgetown Cricket Club.

In 2010 Chetram Singh announced that he was retiring from cricket administration. Under his stewardship the Guyana senior team won five limited-over titles and one first-class championship, while the Guyana Under-19 team won six consecutive regional titles. Guyana also won the inaugural Stanford Twenty20 competition and the 2010 Caribbean Twenty20 championship, the latter resulting in Guyana's participation in the 2010 Airtel Champions League in South Africa.

It was during Chetram Singh's watch too that Shiv Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan emerged as leading Test figures. The Guyana National Stadium was built at Providence in 2007 for the World Cup, the Chetram Singh Centre of Excellence, an indoor practice facility and hostel was completed in 2010 at Enmore, as was the cricket hostel at Anna Regina, on the Essequibo coast.

In the last few years of his administration, however, Chetram Singh has had to deal with serious internal wrangling in the GCB and has been troubled by ill-health.

2013 Activities

The GCB held its first Executive meeting for 2013 on 1 February 2013, to appoint committees, at the GCB boardroom.

  • National Senior selection panel: Rayon Griffith (Chairman), Adrian Amsterdam and Sheik Mohammed.
  • National Junior selection panel: Nazimul Drepaul (Chairman), Julian Moore, Aotto Christiani.
  • Cricket Development Committee: Alfred Mentore (Chairman), Grantley Culbard, Elroy Stephney, Randolph Latcha, Kenroy Joseph, Dr Rishi Thakur, a representative from the Blind Cricket Association, Chairmen of the County Boards' CDC and a representative of the Guyana Cricket Umpires Council.
  • Competitions Committee: Colin Europe (Chairman), Veeren Chintamani (Secretary), a representative from the Guyana Cricket Umpires’ Council and two representatives each from the three county Boards.
  • Marketing and Fund Raising Committee: Rajendra Singh (Chairman), Rawle Ferguson, Ramsey Ali and Paul Bonar.
  • Finance Committee: Anand Kalladeen (Chairman), Dru Bahadur, Anand Sanasie, Mrs. Savitri Persaud and Rajendra Singh.
  • Disciplinary Committee: K A Juman Yassin (Chairman), Terry Holder and Steven Lewis.
  • Reports Committee: Fizul Bacchus (Chairman), Anand Sanasie, Andy Ramnarine and Colin Europe (and the Chairmen of Selectors as necessary).
  • Umpires Committee: Dru Bahadur (Chairman), Colin Europe and a representative of the GCUC.
  • The GCB Representatives on the WICB are President Dru Bahadur and Vice-president Alfred Mentore. The directors on WICB Inc. are Anand Sanasie and Anand Kalladeen.

2011 Activities

Elections

Chetram Singh announced before elections that he would not be running for president in the 2011 elections, which were originally scheduled for 30 January, 2011. Those who stated an interest in running for president included Ramsey Ali (CEO of Sterling Products and current GCB Marketing Manager), Bish Panday (GCB ex-secretary) and Bissoondyal Singh (current GCB vice-president). Roger Harper stated that he would decline any nomination for GCB president.

On 5 January 2011 the Ministry of Labour informed the GCB by letter that the ministry had not received the GCB's "audited reports" as required by the Friendly Societies Act, and advised the GCB not to advertise elections for 30 January. It was reported on 15 January that GCB president Chetram Singh stated that the required reports would be submitted to the ministry by the following Monday. It was later revealed by the ministry that required reports were not submitted for 2009 and 2010 as well.

Registration under the Friendly Societies Act, which was established in 1893, is required for non-governmental organisations seeking duty-free concessions, etc. Organisations registered under the act are required to submit audited documents for each calendar year by 1 May of the following year to the Ministry of Labour. The GCB registered under this act in 2008.

Delays in proper submittals to the Ministry of Labour resulted in the postponement of the 30 January GCB biennial elections.

Elections held on 10 July 2011 resulted in the following being elected:

2011-2012 GCB Officials
Position Name
President: Ramsey Ali
Vice-president: Fizul Bacchus
Vice-president: Alfred Mentore
Secretary: Anand Sanasie
Assnt Secretary: Dru Bahadur
Treasurer: Anand Kalludeen
Chairman of the Competitions Committee: Colin Europe
Marketing Manager: Troy Mendonca
Public Relations Officer: Terrence Holder
Chairman of the Senior Selection Panel: Rayon Griffith
Chairman of the Junior Selection Panel: Nazimul Drepaul
Trustee: Chetram Singh
Trustee: Lionel Jaikaran

On 22 July 2011 the secretary of the Berbice Cricket Board filed an injunction requesting that the July 10 GCB elections be declared unconstitutional, alleging that the required minimum number of BCB representatives was not present at the elections.

International Matches

Guyana hosted the Pakistan Test team for two matches. Guyana played Pakistan in a practice match at Bourda. After this, the West Indies met Pakistan at Providence in the first Test of the 2-Test series, which the West Indies won. Guyana will also host female Twenty20 internationals between the West Indies and Pakistan in September.

Regional Matches and Competitions

Guyana hosted the regional Under-19 tournament in July and will host the regional one-day (List A) competition in October.

Inter-county Competitions

The female limited overs competition was held in June and was won by defending champions Demerara.

2010 Activities

2009 - 2011 Officials
Position Name Contact Info
President: Chetram Singh (227-3954, 227-7130)
goodwoodracing@solutions2002.net
Vice-President: Bissoondyal Singh  
Secretary: Anand Sanasie (681-6188)
gcb@solutions2000.net
Chairman, Cricket Development Committee: Bissoondyal Singh  
Junior Chairman of Selectors: Michael Franco Hyles  

2007 Activities

The entire GCB executive was returned unaminously at the Annual General Meeting on 21 January at the Georgetown Cricket Club.

Guyana hosted one leg of the Cricket World Cup, at the new National Stadium at Providence, about 4 miles south of downtown Georgetown.

The Republic Bank National Under-15 competition was held for youth teams throughout the country. Diamond of East Bank Demerara and Albion of Berbice met in the final. Diamond defeated Tucber Park of Berbice in one of the semi-finals. Albion defeated South Essequibo by 5 wickets in the other semi-final.

1999 Activities

1999 was a bleak year for Guyana when compared to those most recent.

Of the regional tournaments Guyana managed to win just one - the rain-affected Under-15 hosted here in late August. Local teams fell at the semi-final hurdle in each of the other tournaments: the inaugural Busta Cup, the NorTel three-day and one-day, and the Red Stripe Bowl, although some positives did come out of the NorTel.

Hosting the regional junior championships was more or less routine for the Guyana Cricket Board, having had experience from staging NorTel Championships and group matches in both the one-day and four-day senior tournaments.

The only big challenge the GCB faced was the weather. The organisers requested a week's delay as rains wreaked havoc with the grounds. Eventually the tournament was reduced to a one-day format.

Narsingh Deonarine scored three centuries and won selection on the West Indies team to the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka along with Roopnarine Ramgobin and Sewnarine Chattergoon. Ramgobin was however relegated to the ranks of reserves after it was found too many players were chosen.

For the first time in history no matches in the regional first class tournament were scheduled for Guyana on the request of Guyana Cricket Board president Chetram Singh. His reason was too much rain was forecast for that time of year and would adversely affect any matches scheduled.

History was made when local players donned coloured clothing for the first time in a local club competition, the Banks Premium Beer, which was eventually won by GCC.

The new venture which is a move in keeping with changes in the international game, had its snags however as only clubs in Demerara seemed able to come up with white balls and coloured clothing. As a result the other finalists, Albion of Berbice, looked very out of sorts when the players had to resort to their own clothing after suits provided by the sponsors proved inadequate.

GCC also reached the final of the other national club competition, the Sunburst knockout, which was put off until the new year after the rainy season caught up with organisers.

As a result of their consistency GCC were named the GCB's club of the year at the Awards Ceremony in December. West Indies player Reon King was voted Cricketer of the Year, Mahendra Nagamootoo was the Best Bowler, while Deonarine won the Batsman of the Year and was the Most Improved Player awards.

Among the losses suffered was that of long-serving administrator Leslie Amsterdam who died by drowning in March.

Guyanese also lost the services of former West Indies batsman Clayton Lambert who announced his retirement after the Busta Cup. Enigmatic all-rounder Carl Hooper followed Lambert into retirement after the sixth one-day international in Barbados and the GCB president said it was a big blow to Guyana's cricket. Hooper however had a change of heart and announced he would be back for the 2000 Busta Cup.

Although missing out on the Busta Cup, Guyana were awarded the Fifth Cable and Wireless One-day match between West Indies and Australia which ended in chaos at Bourda. Amid scenes reminiscent of the West Indies/Pakistan match in 1993, fans invaded the field at the end of the match causing the match to be declared a tie by match referee Raman Subba Row. Fears that Guyana could lose its One-Day International status were later allayed.

Seven more past Guyana players were honoured when the GCB held its second Hall of Fame induction ceremony during the Australian tour in April. Those chosen were Basil Butcher, Roy Fredericks, Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Rohan Kanhai, Joe Solomon and Clyde Walcott.

Demerara won both senior inter-county tournaments, quite easily, while Berbice confirmed their superiority at the junior level, winning the Under-15 and Under-19 versions.

1987 Activities

Guyana, rather surprisingly, won the 1987 regional first class championships, under the astute captaincy of Roger Harper and excellent batting from opener Sudesh Dhaniram.

1986 Activities

The GCB introduced the Instant Money and Scratch games to help fund cricket in Guyana. The West Indies Cricket Board has been providing foreign currency to help the GCB overcome Guyana's foreign currency restrictions.

National cricket coach Rex Collymore stated that, despite the very poor performance in Trinidad and Tobago in the Northern Telecom Youth cricket tournament, youth cricket made some progress in 1986. Four Under-19 competitions and 2 Under-16 competitions were played during the year, but Essequibo did not take part. The Guyana Cricket Board and the Department of Youth and Sport began coordinating strategies for the development of Youth cricket.

Collymore singled out Malteenoes Sports Club (the 1986 champion Youth team) as being the most improved and best knit bunch of players, emphasising that their dominance during the year was a direct result of their exceptionally high standard of fielding. This is an area, Collymore said, that most clubs tended to neglect and advised that more attention be paid to it.



by Dr. Radut