Guyana row over

The
Guyana Cricket Board has reached a settlement with its players which ends the
impasse between the board and the West Indies Players’ Association – the representative
body for cricketers in the region – over the distribution of fees for the
Champions League Twenty20 and issues concerning the team’s image rights for the
tournament.

Guyana
qualified for the Champions League by winning the Caribbean T20, but a dispute
over contract negotiations between its own board and the players association
raised doubts about their participation in the tournament.

The crisis grew when the Guyana
board secured an injunction against the players’ association from the acting
Chief Justice of the country, barring the players’ association from making
alterations to the board’s contract with the tournament organisers.

The injunction and the escalating
controversy prompted the intervention of the Guyanese government, leading to a
settlement after a meeting between Chetram Singh, the GCB president, and Ramnaresh
Sarwan, the Guyana captain.

The
players’ association had objected to the West Indies Cricket Board’s decision
to keep a third of the participation fee – US$500,000 – claiming that
“retaining such a large sum could have a direct negative impact on Guyanese
cricket and its players”. It reportedly alleged the Guyana board had not
responded to its proposal of distributing the remaining two-thirds.

Also,
the image rights of the team members were claimed by the West Indies Players
Management Company. The issue however seems to have been resolved now, allowing
Guyana to concentrate on the Champions League.

“We consider this the end of any
problem with contracts and are now focusing on our preparation and training
camp for South Africa,” Singh said after his meeting with Sarwan.

The impasse served as a repeat of a
similar breakdown in negotiations between the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board
and WIPA prior to the inaugural Champions League last year in India.

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