Cricket – New York Celebrates “Three Peat”
By Sam Sooppersaud
The New York based Guyana Cricket, Inc organization held its 2008
Presentation Awards November 13, at the Maracas Night Club on Jamaica
Avenue, Richmond Hill, Queens, New York. The gala affair was well
attended by numerous locally elected officials, sponsors, friends
and supporters, and most of the players from the 2008 Team Guyana.
Local television personality Bindi Kohli was also in attendance. Everyone
had a great time as they celebrated Team Guyana's 2008 Championship
victory in the Ed Ahmad Caribbean Cup Twenty/20 Competition.
Team Guyana accomplished
what is commonly called a “three-peat” in competitive
sports; that is winning a championship three years in a row. In the
case of Guyana Cricket Inc Team Guyana, it was 2006, 2007 and 2008.
The success of Team Guyana was due not only to the players but to
the executive board and the coaching staff who worked tirelessly,
using any and all resources available, monies and personnel, to their
fullest potential, in molding the winning team. Among the various
sponsors who provided the much-needed funding for the organization
were Bhola Ramsundar, Ralph Tamesh, Insaf "Birdman' Ali, Ed Ahmad,
Jack Bharat, among the organization’s many benefactors.
The most admirable quality common among all the sponsors was that
in as much as they contributed their dollars to the organization,
they sought no control of the organization, leaving the day-to-day
management to those elected to perform those functions. This to a
large extent accounted for Team Guyana’s success since the inception
of the Ed Ahmad Cup three years ago.
There are many cricket organizations that failed or
did not attain the success they envisioned, because those who contributed
the finances also ran the organizations, despite the fact that they
were not knowledgeable, nor skilled enough to do so. The Guyana Cricket,
Inc organization took on the task of managing the process, and brought
Due to the efficiency and cohesiveness with which the Guyana Cricket
Inc, handled its affairs, the best players, once invited to participate
were only too willing and ready to represent Guyana away from Guyana.
In the past there were factions and frictions in handling the Guyana
side and as a result not many of the 'good" players were willing
to lend their services. Ad Hoc committees were hurriedly assembled
to get up a Guyana side when competition time came along. Favoritism
and nepotism were rampant. But now with the formation of the Guyana
Cricket, Inc, more stability is present and players now consider it
an honor to be called upon to represent their motherland in New York.
Several elected officials joined the officers and friends of Guyana
Cricket, Inc, at awards reception, among them were City Councilman
Leroy Comrie and several officials from Community Board District 9.
Guests had the opportunity to meet and chat with these officials and
discuss various issues facing the community. Old friends met and new
friendships were made. It was encouraging to hear these officials
promise to work towards acquiring and developing more cricket facilities.
Chairman of Guyana Cricket, Inc. Jack Bharat, in his address thanked
all those persons and organizations that contributed to Team Guyana's
success in the Ed Ahmad Cup tournament. He was lavish in his praise
and gratitude to the many sponsors and numerous friends and supporters
who toiled long hours without any form of remuneration, to build a
strong cricket organization and with it a championship cricket team.
Mr. Bharat invited the sponsors as well as anyone desiring to inspect
the accounting books of the organization. He guaranteed them that
they will find that all money collected is used solely for the furtherance
of the organization's work in the promotion of cricket and Team Guyana.
He thanked the elected officials and the many other personalities
who are working selflessly for the improvement of cricket in the area.
Among those were Peter Jolly of the NY Masters and Nassau Cricket
Leagues, our renowned and knowledgeable local cricket commentator
Lenny Achibar, who along with co-commentator Carl Bennett add a very
dynamic touch through their live commentary, to any cricket match.
Rudy Persaud, President of the Eastern American Cricket
Association was also in attendance, as was Krish Prasad, Chairman
of the Ed Ahmad Twenty/20 competition, and New York’s Regional
Representative to USACA, the national cricket organization, and accompanied
by his charming wife Dolly.
Chairman Bharat thanked his fellow executive officers for their dedication
and conscientious work on behalf of the organization, without which
he stated, “Team Guyana would not have attained the successes
that it has achieved over the past three years.” He publicly
recognized Al Akbar, Esq. Vice Chairman, Shook Shivmangal, Events
Manager, Ralph Tamesh, Secretary, Khris Raghubeer, C.P.A, Treasurer
and Qayaam Farrouq, Asst. Secretary/Treasurer.
Several plaques were awarded to various persons for outstanding service
to the organization, with trophies presented to various players in
recognition of their outstanding achievements during the past year,
among those were Karran Ganesh, Up & Coming Player, Vishal Nagamootoo,
Outstanding Wicketkeeper, Kevin Darlington, Most Improved Bowler,
Khaleem Bux, Most Improved Player, Neil McGarrell, Best Bowler, Zahir
Saffie, Best Batsman, Steve Massiah, Outstanding Captain, 2006-2008,
and Sudesh Dhaniram, the 2008 Most Valuable Player.
It was indeed an enjoyable evening. The atmosphere was very congenial
with the various conversations being lively and interesting. The food
was delicious and liquid refreshments were plentiful. The Guyana Cricket,
Inc organization wishes to give a big “Thank You” to the
owners of the Maracas nightclub for opening their doors to host the
affair and to so lavishly accommodating everyone, as well as the staff
who ensured that all of the guests were made to feel very comfortable.