GCB ‘bowled over’ by allocation for sport in Budget 2024

From left: President Irfaan Ali, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Charles Ramson Jr. and President of the Guyana Cricket Board Bissoondyal Singh

The establishment of stadiums at Anna Regina and at Linden by Government will ensure that the GCB can take first-class matches to those areas which in turn is expected to increase the interest of cricket and enhance the development of the game in those communities.

With the GCB’s recent decision to launch 19 Cricket Academies in the three counties, the need for more first-class cricket facilities was realised with Government’s further commitment to upgrade many other grounds, including those at Lusignan, Enmore, Meten-Meer-Zorg, Tuschen, Moruca, Barima/Waini, Lethem, No. 69 Village, Skeldon, Onverwagt and Wakenaam.

Government’s assistance will be extended to the employment of over 100 groundsmen to be deployed throughout the regions after a period of training.

The GCB is also tremendously pleased that Government, in a further indication of its commitment towards the development of sports, has removed the duty and value-added-tax on sports equipment.

Head of the GCB Mr. Bissoondyal Singh, in an invited comment, stated that the GCB has recognised that His Excellency Dr. Irfaan Ali is a keen cricket fan and has on several occasions expressed the desire to see the development of cricket continue apace.

In this regard, the GCB takes the opportunity to express profound appreciation to His Excellency, the Government of Guyana and the Hon. Charles Ramson, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, for the great work being accomplished in the development of cricket in particular and sports in general.