Will there be a cricket ombudsman in place to conduct the BCB elections?

Dear Editor,

I would be very grateful if you will allow me through the medium of your newspaper to seek a clarification from the Minister of Sport with regard to a statement he made recently about a cricket ombudsman. He was quoted recently on television as saying that he wrote Mr Dave Cameron a good while ago seeking his views on the appointment of a cricket ombudsman as per the requirements of the new cricket administration bill to conduct elections for the three county boards and the Guyana Cricket Board.

In light of the announcement by the Berbice Cricket Board that they will be holding their annual general meeting on December 28, 2014 I would like to know whether the ombudsman will be in place to conduct those elections. The reason I am asking this question is because the BCB elections have generated a lot of controversy over the years. Clubs which are extinct and are no longer functioning are allowed to vote at these elections and are given voting rights of two delegates each, which is the same amount as large clubs like Albion, Rose Hall and Port Mourant whose membership as in the case of Albion is over one hundred and forty.

Something is not right here, and I truly believe clubs should be allotted delegates on the basis of their membership, which is why I support the appointment of a cricket ombudsman and look forward to Minister Anthony shedding some light on the matter.

 Yours faithfully,

Imtiaz Baccus

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