Ali quits as Guyana Cricket Board president

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - Just seven months after he replaced the long-serving Chetram Singh as head of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), having served as the Marketing Officer of that entity, Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Products Limited, Ramsay Ali, tendered his resignation as head of the GCB on Monday. 

Quizzed on whether he would consider returning to the stewardship or even contest the presidency of the GCB in the future, Ali who is also a vice-president of the Georgetown Cricket Club and the Guyana Scouts Association said he would have to think long and hard on such a decision.

This followed a petition by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, who moved to the courts and secured an injunction that permitted him to search the homes and offices of 13 officials and executive members of the embattled GCB.

The Attorney General (AG) said that the move is to retrieve books, records, computer records, goods and chattels, cheque books, deposit books, accounting records, minutes of meetings, and correspondence for received cash and information on funds held in bank accounts.

All of this is being done in an effort to bring closure to the debacle facing the administration of the sport locally, since accusations of financial impropriety among others were levied against the Ali-led GCB executives, resulting in the formation of the Clive Lloyd-led Interim Management Committee (IMC) last December.

The AG has assured that continuous interventions will be made to restore the reputation of the sport on the local front, while the injunction allowed for searches of properties belonging to: Chetram Singh and Lionel Jaikarran who are both Trustees of the embattled GCB.

The Injunction to search the homes and offices of Ali, Sanasie, Faizul Bacchus, Alfred Mentore, Dru Bahadur, Anand Kalludeen, Colin Europe, Troy Mendonca, Terrence Holder, Rayon Griffith and Nazimul Drepaul were also sought by the AG, who received permission to execute same.

The order came after some officials of the embattled GCB removed the padlocks that the IMC had placed on the doors of the GCB office following an earlier court ruling, which restrained the GCB officials from removing anything in the office and sparked the search, which was permitted by the Court presided over by Chief Justice Ian Chang.

The order mandated that searches be conducted between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs, and stipulated that no more than six people enter any premises.

According to Ali, court officials took away financial documents and other papers at his office and home and at the homes and offices of Singh and Jaikarran, while he could not say how many of his other executives’ homes were raided.

According to Nandlall, appropriate disciplinary measures will be meted out to guilty parties should important documents be found in their personal possession, while he added his pleasure that the Chief Justice saw it fit to rescind the earlier ruling until a full investigation is completed in the interest of cricket in Guyana.

This story was taken from the Guyana Chronicle Newspaper.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 04:11