FROM Guyana Jaguars to Guyana Amazon Jaguars to now Guyana Harpy Eagles – the new name for the national men’s franchise team.
This announcement was made yesterday via a press release from the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).
“The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) wishes to inform the general public that it was brought to its attention that the current name of the Guyana Regional Franchise cricket team, the Guyana Amazon Jaguars, has caused some level of confusion with the Caribbean Premier League Franchise Team, the Guyana Amazon Warriors,” the GCB said in a release.
“For the sake of clarity and to avoid any further and unnecessary confusion, GCB has made a decision to rename the Guyana Regional Franchise cricket team. The new name is ‘GUYANA HARPY EAGLES.”
It was explained in December that stemming from legal reasons GCB had taken a decision to change the country’s senior male franchise team, Guyana Jaguars, to Guyana Amazon Jaguars.
Guyana Amazon Warriors is the country’s privately-owned franchise team that competes in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
According to GCB president, Bissoondyal Singh, Cricket Guyana Inc. (CGI), who previously managed the Jaguars, is a “private entity” and they still have not gained control over such and the corresponding accounts.
“It must be noted that in the other territories, CWI (Cricket West Indies) affiliate boards own the franchise company; this is not the case in Guyana. The Guyana Cricket Board does not own CGI, and this, along with other reasons, has caused the GCB to effect a name change of the national franchise team,” the GCB president explained at the press briefing which lasted over two hours.
Singh, who is also a CWI Director and sits on the Financial Committee, added, “We have asked Cricket West Indies to deal directly with the GCB and no third party.”
Now that the GCB has rebranded the team, they will issue new contracts to the players and appoint coaches, and potentially be able to soon access the Cricket Development Fund.
CGI was created when CWI launched its Professional Cricket League (PCL) for senior male Four-Day and 50-over cricket in 2014.
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