Guyana Loses New Zealand Test
The West Indies Cricket Board has taken the decision to move the third Test between the West Indies and New Zealand away from Guyana.
Providence Stadium in Georgetown was set to host the match, which begins on 26th June but an alternative venue will now have to be found.
"The West Indies Cricket Board today advised that following engagement with the Government of Guyana on matters pertaining to the Cricket Administration Bill in Guyana, the parties have not been able to find a mutually agreeable resolution," a statement read.
"The WICB has serious reservations that the Cricket Administration Bill which was passed in the Guyana National Assembly thrusts the administration of cricket in Guyana from an independent body to the Government of Guyana.
"This the WICB views as undesirable and inconsistent with International Cricket Council (ICC) tenets."
The ICC expects cricket boards to be independent of any government influence.
"The WICB sought an undertaking from His Excellency President Donald Ramotar that the bill not be signed into law until these matters are resolved," the WICB adds.
"The Board gave its commitment that once His Excellency President Ramotar provided such an undertaking all arrangements in Guyana will be kept in place.
"Regrettably the WICB has not received such an undertaking from His Excellency President Ramotar.
"As a consequence the WICB is left with no option but to relocate the Third Test between West Indies and New Zealand from Guyana."
The opening Test is in Jamaica (8th-12th June) and the second Test is in Trinidad (16th-20th June).
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