Crimes threaten Australia cricket tour to Guyana

Guyana Chronicle
January 27, 2003

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THE Australian Cricket Board (ACB) has written the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) seeking urgent advice on the current crime situation in Guyana and what contingency plans are in place to amend the tour schedule, should circumstances evolve to determine the unsuitability of Guyana as a venue to host the tour and first Test match.

According to the fax, dispatched to the WICB on January 13 last, the Australian Cricket Board International Cricket Manager, Richard Watson, said the situation in Guyana is a matter of serious concern and his Board is seeking the WICB guidance on the “reported deterioration in the security situation in and around Georgetown which is of high concern to the ACB”.

Watson indicated that the travel advisory status issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs “warns Australians of the high risk to their personal safety and security when visiting Guyana, and Georgetown in particular.”

Watson disclosed that he has also written the Australian High Commissioner on the matter and continues to monitor the situation through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.

Yesterday, at Guyana Cricket Board’s (GCB) annual general meeting, president Chetram Singh disclosed that the WICB had sent him a copy of the letter and he had in turn dispatched it to Minister of Home Affairs, Ronald Gajraj.

The Australians are due to play two matches in Guyana - a three-day fixture against a Guyana Board XI from April 4 and the first Cable & Wireless Test against the West Indies starting April 10 - both at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, Bourda. (Frederick Halley)

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