President pleased cricket back to Guyana
St John’s, Antigua – President of the West Indies Cricket Board Mr. Dave Cameron on a recent visit to Guyana said he was pleased that regional cricket has returned to the Land of Many Waters.
“I pleased that cricket has returned to Guyana. We have witnessed the successful staging of cricket here for the Regional 4 Day and Super50. On behalf of the WICB I wish to place on record our thanks to the Guyana Cricket Board for hosting the matches on our behalf. I wish to thank the Government of Guyana as well for their efforts and contribution on ensuring that regional cricket has returned to Guyana,” Cameron said while speaking at a media conference organized by the Guyana Cricket Board.
During his visit to Guyana Cameron also paid a courtesy call to the President, His Excellency Donald Ramotar and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, the Honourable Dr. Frank Anthony. Cameron also paid a courtesy call to CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Dr. Irwin LaRoque.
The WICB head also called for cricket to be given priority in decision making.
“We must allow democracy to work and always respect the rulings of the courts where those apply but I firmly believe that issues and differences which we will encounter ought not to always be embroiled in the courts but rather we must all sit at the table as valuable stakeholders and find compromise positions in the best interest of our sport. Protracted and bitter disputes do not benefit cricket and we must avoid them by taking a mature and responsible path towards settling differences.
“The Guyana Situation has certainly gone on for much longer than anyone would have desired and we must now put that behind us and move forward as one united cricketing family. We must look to the future and commit our efforts toward moving Guyana’s and West Indies Cricket forward. We are on the upward curve and need to ensure that we continue in this vein whilst building on those areas which need to be strengthened,” Cameron added during the media conference at the Guyana National Stadium.
Cameron also recalled the support the WICB gave to the GCB.
“The WICB has always stood firmly behind its member and shareholder, the Guyana Cricket Board, and all decisions taken in the past, regarding the situation in Guyana, were taken as decisions of the West Indies Cricket Board. I am very much relieved to see that the GCB and the Guyana government found common ground to final resolution of outstanding issues. It is through this type of cooperation that the Guyanese public can once again enjoy Regional and International cricket on home soil.”
Cameron said that during this leadership of WICB he will seek to adopt an inclusive approach for the benefit of all stakeholders.
“Under my leadership of the WICB I look forward to an inclusive approach with all stakeholders and plead for good sense and the best interest of cricket to prevail. I urge the governments, the corporate sector, the media and the cricket loving public to hold us accountable but also to lend us your support as we strive to build and develop our regional game,” the new WICB head said.