first_img(Letter to the Sports Editor) I TAKE this opportunity to offer sincere congratulations to the Guyana Jaguars cricket team and the coach for their recent success at winning the Regional 4- Day cricket tournament for the third year in succession.The players have performed exceptionally well despite all odds and they must be recognised for this unprecedented achievement.Kudos must also be given to the Berbice Cricket Board, especially the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, led by Hilbert Foster, the Georgetown Cricket Association, led by Roger Harper and the East Coast Cricket Board, led by Bissoondyal Singh and their respective committee members.These gentlemen and their Association/Boards fought steadfastly over the last seven years to organise and develop cricket within their respective areas despite continuous interference and destabilisation efforts, perpetrated by the illegal regime calling itself the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).Apart from the now regular and infamous impositions of court injunctions within these areas, the self-servicing GCB made regular disruptive incursions into the three areas with the intention of destroying the structure of the very game of cricket that they were supposed to be overseeing.These three Association/Boards have not for over seven years received a blind cent as cricket subsidy from the GCB, which in turn receives over $70M from the WICB for cricket development and administration in Guyana.It is these very three areas that have produced all the cricketers for the various Guyana teams. Yet the GCB wants recognition for the success of the Guyana Jaguars.The GCB does not have a cricket development plan of its own and has brazenly piggy-backed on the tremendous cricket development and the talented players from Berbice, Georgetown and East Coast while ensuring that those areas do not have any say in the administration of Guyana Cricket.What is even more disturbing is that the current Government, through its Ministry of Sport and the National Sports Commission continue to reward this illegal regime for the efforts of others.I do not know if it is due to ignorance, myopia or downright cronyism but the illegal GCB seems to be finding special favours even within their illegal operations.A little over a year ago it was reported that the Minister of Sport admitted that she was unaware that there was a Cricket Administration Act and that she was not prepared to take the blame for not naming the stands at the Guyana National Stadium. Since then, instead of consolidating efforts to remove the frivolous challenges to the Act, the Minister and the Director of Sport seem to have formed a relationship with the illegal and incompetent GCB by:1. Rewarding that illegal GCB and its controversial secretary with sports awards for 2016 at the ceremony held in January 2017, attended surprisingly by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Minister of Sport made some misleading pronouncements on the contributions of the President and Secretary of the GCB with regard to the development of youth cricketers.3. Allocating $1.5?M in balls for school cricket to the illegal GCB. The tournament was disappointingly scheduled to be played during the rainy season and exam term. It would be extremely useful to analyse the programme/plan that influenced this donation since from all appearances there was no proper ground preparation, no proper coaching programme, no proper cricket gear distribution and no proper zoning or coordination of the schedule of matches.The tournament was akin to our youngsters playing cricket in the jungle!There has been no organised ladies cricket since this regime hijacked the GCB in 2011, and they have been selecting female national players from the softball cricket instead. Yet this group has been able to bluff and hoodwink the present sports administration into giving them awards they never deserved.Guyana has got the talent to produce world-class cricketers but the current environment of illegality, amateurism, deceit, favouritism and incompetent cannot help our players. We are winning the war but losing the battle. Why? With Guyana winning regional tournaments and the West Indies Team at its lowest in 20 years, we cannot contribute much to the WI teams.Why are the likes of Roger Harper, Mark Harper, Neil Barry, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Monty Lynch, Albert Smith, Rabindranauth Seeram, Reon King, Clyde Butts, Rodrick Lovell and Hubern Evans not working with our youngsters within a structured programme that is carefully worked out and properly implemented?The time is long overdue to implement the Guyana Cricket Act. If the Minister is unaware of the process she could seek guidance from her Senior Minister of Education, her Director of Sport, her Attorney General, her Minister of State or even the Minster of Public Security all of whom sat at 22 meetings of the Parliamentary Select Committee that crafted and passed the Cricket Bill into Law.The frivolous challenge to the Act that is preventing the holding of free and fair elections of the GCB was instituted by Anand Sanasie et al. It is self-serving and ensures that the illegal GCB does not hold any elections while they fondly embrace the government officials. Is this right in our democratic society?W. G. Bostonlast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Syracuse played 25 games before losing last year. That was how three players in the Orange’s current rotation started off their SU playing career.But this season’s crop of newcomers, both of which are starters, competed in just two games before experiencing their first college loss.To junior guard Trevor Cooney, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.“We’re not used to losing, especially this early in the season, but I think it was good for us to not only lose but kind of get killed,” Cooney said on Friday, a day after SU’s 14-point loss to California. “You learn mostly when you lose. You don’t really learn when you’re winning.“I think it was good for us to be down and play the next game, play the next day.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA far cry from last year’s exhilarating 25-0 start, this Orange team is the first one in 11 years to lose in the first three games of the regular season. It’s fallen out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since 2009. But the SU players looked optimistically at what their loss to the Golden Bears on Thursday, and SU’s subsequent bounce-back win over Iowa on Friday, taught the team.Syracuse (3-1) will begin to employ that perspective when it reverts back to facing lower-level nonconference competition, and hosts Loyola (2-2) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday.“Every game will help this team, every time they play. These games certainly helped us,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “… But we just need time — I hope it’s not too much time — to get better. And I think we can do that. There’s a lot of work to be done in these next few weeks.”Freshman point guard Kaleb Joseph said he caught himself taking in the Madison Square Garden environment too often during the first half of Thursday’s game. The next time out, he made it a point to keep his concentration on the court.He’ll have to apply that same focus when the Orange travels to raucous atmospheres like Michigan on Dec. 2, Villanova on Dec. 20, and the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments, and he knows it.With his redirected focus, Joseph picked up his assist-to-turnover ratio from Thursday to Friday. He contributed to the Orange’s improved offensive showing as it grinded out a win over Iowa a night after a listless shooting performance against Cal.“Everything’s a learning process for all of us in these games,” Joseph said. “This was a huge experience, being in such a tight situation, everybody had to rally together.”When the Orange entered last year’s NCAA tournament, six out of seven players in its crunch-time rotation had played in an NCAA tournament game before — and the outlier was “unusual” point guard Tyler Ennis, as Boeheim described him Thursday.This year’s team doesn’t have that much experience in big games.But with a more rigorous nonconference slate than SU teams of the recent past, the Orange expects to be better suited than its youth would indicate.Said junior forward Michael Gbinije: “We’re going to have a long season. We’re going to have some more close games down the road and we’ve just got to be ready for them.” Comments Published on November 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more