Hits and Jams postpones Master’s cricket after WICB threat
Promotion group Hits and Jams this evening announced that it was postponing its Master’s Cup Tournament after a row between local cricket administrators and the West Indies Board flared up today.
The West Indies Cricket Broad revealed today that it had written to territorial boards warning them that the Hits and Jams tournament had not been approved by the WICB. It further warned that West Indian players who participated faced the risk of punitive action.
The WICB has been at loggerheads with the government here over its installation of an Interim Management Committee to run cricket here. The WICB says it still recognizes the Guyana Cricket Board.
The Hits and Jams statement follows:
“The Hits and Jams Group regrets to inform cricket fans and the public that it has been forced to postpone the staging of this year’s Master’s Cup Tournament which was scheduled to begin this weekend. Our decision is as a result of the ongoing conflict which has resulted in all cricket in Guyana not being played.
“The Hits and Jams Group which was in negotiation with the WICB and the GCB and all other partners including sponsors was hoping that the issues surrounding the hosting of the Masters Cup Tournament would have been resolved in time for this weekend’s staging of the T20 competition. Hits and Jams has since informed the International cricketers who were contracted for the tournament of our decision.
“HJ remains committed to the growth and development of cricket and all other entertainment and sporting activities in Guyana and we look forward to continue playing our part in that development. We will continue to work along with the West Indies cricket administrators in the future as we have given our commitment to the hosting of the tournament.”