Attorney for the Guyana Cricket Board, Sanjeev Datadin, has reacted to the call by the Interim Management Committee for members of the Guyana cricket team to turn up for practice today.
The IMC has named a squad to prepare for the regional four-day cricket tournament. The GCB has also named a squad which almost comprises the same members selected by the IMC.
Datadin said that should the players turn up for matches scheduled by the IMC they run the risk of being banned from all international cricket. He said that the International Cricket Council is quite clear that the recognized cricketing authorities are those aligned to the respective boards.
Recently, members of the West Indies Cricket Board came to Guyana to resolve the issue between the IMC and the GCB. The GCB claimed that the WICB was firm that it would only recognize the GCB as the legitimate body to manage cricket in Guyana.
However, the Guyana Government, which set up the IMC, contended that it had reached no agreement with the WICB and that it would go ahead revamping local cricket.
Datadin said that so far, the players should recognize the sanctions likely to be imposed by the international cricketing body. He recalled the case involving New Zealand’s fast bowler Shane Bond and Brian Lara who played in an unauthorized tournament and were banned. Lara had already retired but Shane Bond saw his cricketing career come to an abrupt end.
He said that the same fate awaits all those who respond to the IMC call to participate in matches organized by the Interim Management Committee.