Cricket Administration Act restored

significant move for cricket

The Court of Appeal on Tuesday restored to full force the Cricket Administration Act, which will now allow the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport to set in motion plans to elect the Guyana and Demerara Cricket Boards.

Minister, the Hon. Charles Ramson Jr. said that the Court discharged the original Order which had suspended major parts of the Act, thereby bringing the legislation back into force.

It also means that the original board which was there, prior to the Cricket Administration Act, they were the ones that the Court had ordered in the interim, can act as the Guyana Cricket Board. That Order has now been set aside, so that situation no longer exists,” Minister Ramson said.

The Minister told the Department of Public Information that the ruling was a significant step for cricket in Guyana.

The Cricket Administration Bill, which was passed in 2014 seeks to provide legal administrative guidelines for cricket. It allows the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) to be established as a corporate body comprising the Demerara, Essequibo, and the Berbice Cricket Boards, all of which are to be made corporate entities too. 

A section of the Act also addresses the issue of phantom voting for the election of persons to administrative positions. It will give limited power to the Minister of Sport, whose only role will be to appoint the regulator. 

The Bill provides for better financial accountability, and as such, the GCB would be required to present timely audited financial reports to the National Assembly, as well as the National Sports Commission.