The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has extended support via financial contribution to the Guyana Blind Cricket Association (GuyBCA) that will be competing in the West Indies Cricket Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WICCBVI) Competition which begins on July 29, 2015 in St Lucia.
President of the GCB, Drubahadur, wished the team success for the Tournament, noting that he is amazed at the team discipline and eagerness to go out there and compete. He further stated that he is confident that they will produce an outstanding performance.
The President added that he has always admired the zest the players have shown even though they are visually impaired. According to him, this is a lesson for those persons who are not deprived of their sight, to value theirs and at the same time, appreciate those who do not. Drubahadur posited that the GCB has always been supportive of GuyBCA and will continue to do so as they play a very integral part in our society.
Executive Member of GuyBCA, Cecil Morris, thanked GCB for its support. He said that the donation will go a far way in getting the team ready for a successful Tournament. He also acknowledged GCB’s support from the inception of their Association. Morris recalled that the GCB assisted GuyBCA in the formation of their constitution, and aided them with coaches and other resources to keep their cricket ongoing.
Morris explained to Drubahadur that being blind or visually impaired can be very depressing and cricket acts a top entertainment for many of these persons, especially the younger ones. He said that the players have been looking forward to this Competition; hence, they are extremely grateful for the contribution.
This year will be the eighth Regional Championship. Guyana has never won a title; the closest the got to it was third in 2008. Jamaica is the defending champions for the 40-over Competition while Trinidad and Tobago holds the T20 format title.