– Butcher Fund donates clocks to Police ‘B’ Division.BERBICE Cricket Board (BCB) president, Hilbert Foster, last Thursday, led a seven-member delegation to visit the Albion Sports Complex on an invitation from the president and Executives of the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club (ACCCC).The Albion Club had requested the meeting despite the pandemic crisis to discuss Berbice cricket development and seek answers to several concerns of theirs. The President, as part of his meet-the- clubs programme, readily agreed to the meeting within seventy-two hours.Since his election to the Presidency, the BCB leader has visited the majority of clubs in the county to listen to their concerns and recommendations.The BCB president was accompanied by Secretary, Angela Haniff; Treasurer– Dr. Cecil Beharry; Assistant Secretary, Ameer Rahaman; Assistant Treasurer, Rovin Bahadur; Public Relations Officer, Simon Naidu, and Executive Member– Mr. Edwards. The Albion Club president, Mr. Vemen Walter, thanked the BCB for agreeing to the meeting and congratulated the executives on the great job they are doing on and off the cricket field.Among the topics discussed were the immediate plans for Berbice Cricket, developmental programmes, relationship with the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), the ongoing BCB/RHTYSC programmes, functioning of BCB sub committees and representation of players at that national level.Walter expressed some concern at the BCB involvement in several legal matters and stated that Berbice needs proper representations on the GCB as decisions were taken about Guyana Cricket without any input from the county.Foster explained that the legal actions were about restoring democracy to Guyana’s Cricket and making sure that cricket development is for all Guyanese and not a selected few.He committed to having an Albion executive in the BCB official delegation whenever it meets with Sports Minister, Charles Ramson Jnr.Foster committed himself to work along with the Government of Guyana to develop the game and to work hard to return regional and international cricket to the Albion Ground, where the first ODI in the Caribbean was played in 1977 against Pakistan.He admitted that it was unlikely that any cricket would be played for the rest of the year, but stated that efforts would be made to conduct developmental programmes off the cricket field.The BCB delegation also provided answers to the ACCC on the Basil Butcher Trust Fund, Covid-19 response project, sponsorship after the COVID-19 pandemic and the work of the board’s four sub committees. Foster disclosed that the BCB was trying to establish a working relationship with some regional cricket boards in its ongoing development effort and arrangements are being put in place for coaching of youths using the internet.He also disclosed that numerous changes would have to be made in Berbice Cricket, including the reduction of cash prizes for finals and the attendance of spectators at matches.Both delegations agreed to meet in the future and Walters pledged Albion support towards the development of the game. The BCB delegation also handed over a donation of stationery, clocks, cleaning detergent and a warm-up football to the ACCCC.Meanwhile, the joint BCB/RHTYSC Basil Butcher Trust Fund, last Wednesday, handed over twenty clocks to the Management of the Guyana Police Force ‘B’ Division.Public Relations Officer of the BCB and RHTYSC, Vice President Mark Papannah handed over the donation to ‘B’ Division Traffic Chief, Mr. Williams. Under the Fund, a total of $250,000.00 worth of clocks would be shared out to public institutions across Berbice including schools, churches, fire stations and post offices.
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