The Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) held their Annual General Meeting at the Muslim Youth Organization on Thursday, January 28, and Neil Barry Snr was elected to serve as President of the GCA from 2021 to 2023.
Barry is the former Vice President, and functioned under outgoing President Roger Harper, who served a tenure of 5 consecutive terms.
The results of the elections for GCA 2021-2023 are as follows:
* President: Neil Barry
* 1st Vice-President: Brother Azad Ibrahim
* 2nd Vice-President: Roger Harper
* Secretary: Deborah McNichol
* Assistant Secretary: Captain Andre Mc Farlene
* Treasurer: Brother Imran Ally
* Assistant Treasurer: DSP Amit Das
* Marketing Manager: Attorney-at-Law Emily Dodson
* Public Relations Officer: Divesh Ramjattan
* Competitions Committee Chairman: Shaun Massiah
* Auditor: Parmesar
In a statement made after the results, Barry said, “I know we can lead an executive that will work assiduously to turn our cricket around and fulfill our mandate, which is, to develop our cricketers in Georgetown. I will accept this charge and responsibility that this association will have cricket played at all the respective grounds in the correct manner in accordance with the national COVID-19 guidelines.
“The players will be able to showcase their talent, and have opportunities to represent Demerara, Guyana and onward to the West Indies. We also need to work on bringing out our females as well, as they have a stake in cricket, as there is opportunity for self-development, and we must make a better effort to support them.”
Barry also noted that the plans that will be put forward can work only if everyone works together. Further, he relayed his optimism that this initiative would be able to unite and develop young people, and place the emphasis where it rightfully belongs.
The GCA boss has said cricket would be brought to low-income areas, as this would allow for the exposure and development of more talented players, as was done in the past and can be done in the future.
Barry would be able to bring his experience to the table, as he was once a Guyana wicketkeeper/batsman who played nine First Class matches and 12 List A matches for Guyana between 1987 and 1996.