The Guyana Cricket Board held an Extraordinary General Meeting on Thursday at their Board room, and appointing a Cricket Ombudsman was an important agenda item therein.
The filling of the vacant position was undertaken by a voting system which witnessed Attorney-at-Law Stephen Lewis and Cecil Kennard vying for the position. Attorney-at-Law Stephen Lewis was the most successful candidate, gaining most of the votes, and he was duly appointed Guyana’s Cricket Ombudsman.
Lewis began reading for an LLB law degree at the University of Guyana in 2002, after which he graduated from the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad in 2005. He is no stranger to the GCB, having served as a member of the GCB Disciplinary Committee for multiple years, through which he clearly became acquainted with the constitution governing the GCB.
Not only was he affiliated with cricket, but he served on the electoral panel at the Guyana Football Federation. As a consequence, delegates at the recently held GCB’s extraordinary meeting saw him qualified for the position of cricket ombudsman.
Lewis is expected to fulfill his duties using his knowledge and proficiency in law and legal operations of the GCB. He will be tasked with conducting the verification of cricket clubs across Guyana, and ensuring that elections are properly constituted. He will also act as returning officer where deemed necessary.
In addition, Mr. Lewis was recognized for his previous designations as President and Vice-President of the Everest Cricket Club.
This appointment was due to a vacancy which existed since Dr. Winston McGowan’s resignation from the said position.
According to the release, “the appointment of the Ombudsman is another indication of GCB’s effort to professionally administer cricket across Guyana; it is expected to win favour with all cricket stakeholders”.