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Guyana Cricket Board asks court to block House from considering Cricket Bill

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The Guyana Cricket Board has moved to the High Court to block the National Assembly from passing legislation that will govern the administration of the game in the country, House Speaker Raphael Trotman announced on Thursday.

Trotman said that while debate on the Cricket Administration Bill has been adjourned to allow lawmakers to consider their next move, he did not believe that the Court could dictate that the House could not consider the draft law.
“I hold the view that the court cannot injunct the House on proceeding with the Bill,” said the Speaker.

The GCB and 10 others have filed the 300-page writ against the Attorney General, Anil Nandlall; Minister of Culture Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony and the Speaker seeking declarations and orders regarding the 65-seat House’s ability to pass the Bill.

Government hopes that the Cricket Administration Bill will establish the GCB and county boards as corporate bodies with separate constitutions.
But the West Indies Cricket Board has already heaped condemnation of the Bill, saying that the regional governing body and the International Cricket Council are opposed to government involvement and dictates in the game.

At the same time, the WICB is in favour of the game being administered in a proper and democratic way.