Stabroek News – Followers of local cricket are shaking their heads in disbelief once again, as the local ruling body, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), has conjured yet another Machiavellian manoeuvre.
- Dr McGowan’s appointment was of course challenged by the GCB on their favourite pitch, the Law Courts, on the grounds that the then Minister of Sport Dr Frank Anthony had not contacted the ruling regional body, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), now Cricket West Indies (CWI).
- However, the GCB, along with the Essequibo Cricket Board, the East Bank Cricket Association, the Eccles Cricket Club and Guyana Cricket Inc, had on 29 April, 2015 secured an injunction suspending all elections of office bearers of bodies under the GCAA 2014 until the hearing and determination of the substantive action, thus , delaying any work by the Cricket Ombudsman.
- In July, 2017, following a call by the new government to meet with the GCB and cricket stakeholders, the then Minister of Education with responsibility for Sports, Nicolette Henry announced at a press conference held in the presence of the Attorney General, at his Chambers, that she was going to meet with the Cricket Ombudsman to chart a way forward as it relates to holding elections for the Guyana Cricket Board.
- The GCB, which has allegedly never accepted the GCAA, made the appointment, according to GCAA Clause 10; “There shall be an authority known as the Cricket Ombudsman who shall hold office for a period of three years after the Ombudsman has been elected by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting at an extraordinary meeting of the Guyana Cricket Board.
- The GCAA at 21:03 states, “The governing Minister must appoint the Cricket Ombudsman and the Ombudsman must see the first election before the authority to elect a new ombudsman falls into the hands of the GCB.”