… loss of major sponsorship cited as one reason
THE controversy that surrounds cricket in Guyana is becoming epidemic, with the president of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) Bissoondial Singh being faced with a ‘No Confidence’ motion brought against him by two of his sub-associations.
Singh, who was elected to control the reins of cricket in the County of Demerara, is being accused of doing very little to promote the aims and objectives of the DCB, especially in respect to Article 3 (1), (2), (3) and (4) of the DCB’s Constitution.
According to the motion which was signed by the respective presidents of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) and the East Bank Cricket Association (EBCA) namely Alfred Mentore and Rohan Sarjoo, and supported by a representative of the West Demerara Cricket Association (WDCA), Singh’s unilateral actions have cost the DCB a lot in recent times.
“The president’s unilateral actions have caused the board to be subjected to a pending court action from Mr Travis Dowlin. Through his mismanagement, he has wasted $100 000 of the Board’s funds, acquired through donations, on an attorney who has now become incommunicado. The Board is now saddled with the costs of hiring another attorney at twice the above cost to represent them in this matter.”
The executive committee’s failure to commence an important, sponsored three-day first division competition resulted in the DCB losing G$1.5M in scarce sponsorship funds and, with three- day cricket been identified as a way forward in developing our cricketers, this sponsorship was seen as very pivotal in arresting the decline of cricket development in Demerara and further afield.
The deliberate flouting of policy decisions of the DCB’s executive which dealt with executives being appointed to manage/coach/select representative teams of Demerara and which conflict their roles and responsibilities as members of the executive, is being listed as an offence being committed by Singh, wherein the executive committee of the DCB has demonstrated it cannot perform its duties and functions effectively.
The duo is asking for the No Confidence motion to be dealt with at the upcoming Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of the DCB which will be held at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) pavilion, wherein Singh and his entire executive body will be asked to demit office.
As a matter of concern to cricket in the County of Demerara, a new executive committee will be elected to serve until the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held.
When contacted, a source from the WDCA, who chose to remain anonymous has informed Chronicle Sport that the signatories to the No Confidence motion are fed up with the lackadaisical attitude being shown by the executive body of the DCB.
The executive further called on Mentore who, along with Sarjoo, was co-opted to the executive committee in accordance with Article 5 (5) of the DCB’s constitution, to take over the stewardship of Demerara’s cricket.