After scoring 262 runs at an average of 52 and emerging as one of the leading batsmen for Guyana Harpy Eagles in the 2022 West Indies Four-Day championships, Vishaul Singh was dropped from the Guyana franchise in the following season.
Importantly, Singh stopped receiving payments after August 2022 without the knowledge of Cricket West Indies (CWI) who continued sending his salaries to the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).
In January this year, former Guyana Lead selector Ravindranauth Seeram disclosed that Singh failed to contact the GCB.
“Vishaul Singh was contracted by the board (GCB) and he never turned up to our training sessions, I do not know if he contacted the board. He (Singh) never contacted us (the selectors) or the coach, so that put him out.
When asked how long was this, Seeram said: Six to seven months.
After all these events had unfolded, the 34-year-old Singh was in the United States of America, following the necessary process in taking action. He had also contacted the GCB, Cricket West Indies, and West Indies Players Association (WIPA).
“I was in the process of seeking a way forward for us (the GCB) to end things on a good note, which I was more than happy to do. In fact I was in the process of doing. But after the GCB (the selector) went on record saying they did not hear from he for six-to-seven months, which is… I have been in contact with the GCB, the evidence is there.”
“So that has done a lot of harm to my career, as I am going into professional coaching, and anybody that seeks to employ me will very much look at that and think I am some kind of delinquent worker. As we speak, my lawyers are preparing legal action against the cricket board. But I am still open to any talks with the GCB. I am willing to still help the GCB, I am open in the future to help Guyana cricket go forward,” Singh said.
See the statement from Vishaul Singh below
“I am here to set the record straight on the abrupt ending of my first-class career and resignation from the Guyana Harpy Eagles squad.
The events of the past few months mean that it will not be possible for me to continue to represent the franchise with the discipline, distinction and character that I have over the years.
I had reached out to the GCB for an NOC (no objection certificate – attached ) along with many teammates in June -July 2022 when there was an indefinite break given to all players after the first class season had ended, this was however never granted to me but to my other teammates.
Nevertheless, I looked passed that and was in communication with the board from September (when the requested NOC was supposed to have ended) via email on a way forward to continue my commitment to the franchise and continue to make the people of Guyana proud.
These emails that can be provided upon request will show the repeated attempts by myself and WIPA and acknowledged by the current GCB for a meeting.
This meeting to this date has never happened and the GCB went on record of saying they never heard from me in 6-7 months after signing my contract.
This statement has caused tremendous damage to my professional career as a coach and has brought my professional work ethic and commitment into question.
It must be noted that my payment after August 2022 was stopped without the knowledge of Cricket West Indies who continued sending salaries for me to the GCB. I reached out to Cricket West Indies and WIPA who made giant strides in making a way forward but the GCB seemed hellbent on soiling my name and character.”