COVID-19 spike puts all BCB cricketing activities on hold

The Hilbert Foster-led Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) has taken a decision to put all cricket activities on hold for the month of April as Guyana continues to experience a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The 2021 season began with the BCB hosting matches under strict COVID-19 guidelines

Foster has noted that the country is not very large, and cannot afford a worsening of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Over the last week, the situation has gotten worse, yet most of us are carrying on as if COVID is not real. My dear friends, COVID is very real, and it is killing our fellow countrymen at an alarming rate. The BCB has placed on hold our 2021 season as we review the situation, as the health of our officials and players is our main concern.
“Clubs across Berbice are hereby advised to desist from arranging fun matches against each other, and all practice sessions should also be placed on hold,” Foster has said.

BCB President Hilbert Foster

The BCB President added: “The Government also needs to get the Police to enforce the COVID-19 guidelines, and I am left to wonder if it is necessary for bars and rum shops to be open at this time. Surely, we can do without rum and loud music at this time. Why are we still hosting big parties, weddings and get-togethers when they can easily turn into mass spreaders of the deadly disease?
“Each one of us owes it to our friends and relatives to act more responsibly if we are to beat this virus. Our Police officers needs to be more professional and stop some of the nonsense that are happening right in front of their noses.
“Please people, wear a mask; practise social distancing; and please, please avoid rum shops, parties and large crowds at this moment. A time would come when life would return to normal, but now is not the time for that. Please use the brain that God gave to us”.
Think smart – the life you save could be yours or a close relative’s, Foster disclosed on the BCB Facebook page.
Foster has also advised that additionally, clubs in the Upper Corentyne area are hereby informed that due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in Region 6, the Annual General Meeting of the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association has been postponed to a later date. The new date and venue would be announced by the management of the Association when the situation improves. Clubs in the area are hereby informed to desist from organising games among themselves, as the Upper Corentyne area is reportedly a COVID-19 hot spot currently.