Anil Persaud, former member of the Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club and Assistant Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), died on Wednesday afternoon, leaving the local cricket population in shock. The 48-year-old had complained of feeling unwell prior to his death.
The GCB, the Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club, the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, and the Queen’s College Old Students Association have expressed their condolence to a true servant of the game of cricket.
The following is what each had to say:
Guyana Cricket Board: “It is with great sadness that the executives of the GCB extend condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Anil Persaud, GCB’s Assistant Secretary, on his sudden passing. Anil was known to the cricket fraternity for his active participation in the growth of cricket in the fields of coaching, selection and administration at the association, county and national levels. Anil’s positively impactful knowledge and unwavering commitment will be truly missed. The executives and cricket fraternity mourn the loss of a valuable board member and long-standing friend.”
Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club: “The Enmore CCCC extends sincere condolence to the immediate family and friends of Anil Persaud. Anil was part of a team which resuscitated our club in 2013, and he had made significant strides in the cricket fraternity thereafter.He was a serving executive member of the Club, a national youth cricket selector, cricket coach, and also the GCB Assistant Secretary.
“Anil was the livewire of cricket, and he was at the forefront of the development of cricket on East Coast Demerara. His off-field energy and dedication had certainly translated into outstanding cricket performances at the national level by youth cricketers from the Coast. We join others in praying that the family(would)remain strong during this most difficult period.”
Berbice Cricket Board President and Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club’s Hilbert Foster: “On behalf of the RHTY&SC, MS, BCB and my family, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late Anil Persaud of Enmore.
Mr. Persaud was a member of the Enmore CC and was also actively involved in the game at the national level. May God bless his family, and please be assured of our prayers. We mourn his loss and salute his contribution to the development of the game. May his soul rest in peace.”
Queen’s College Old Students Association: “The Queen’s College family mourns the sudden passing today of alumnus Anil Persaud. Anil entered Queen’s College in 1982, Form 1A. Among many other things, Anil will be fondly remembered for his valuable contributions to the sport of cricket in Guyana, serving as the Assistant Secretary to the Guyana Cricket Board at the time of his passing.
“The Queen’s College Old Students Association (QC-OSA) extends deepest condolences to the family and friends of our dearly departed colleague. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”