Guyana Cricket Board (GCB); Berbice Cricket Board (BCB); The Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) and Albion Community Center Cricket Club (ACCC) have expressed their sympathy at the passing of Pretipaul Jaigobin, recently elected Treasurer of the GCB and who served as Economic Advisor and Financial Analyst, attached to the Ministry of Finance.
Below is the joint message from the GCB and DCB:
It was with deep sadness that the staff and Executives of the recently elected Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) learned of the vehicle accident on Thursday, April 1, 2021 that resulted in the tragic death of Pretipaul Jaigobin, Treasurer of both Boards.
It was reported that Pretipaul was traveling from Mahdia to the Ministry of Finance after completing the COVID-19 assignment when the accident occurred. He was an Economic and Financial Analyst of the European Union Task Force Unit in that Ministry.
Jai, as he was popular, was liked and respected; his ingenuity, humility, and sense of humor were destined for many. Pretipaul had been an active and trusted cricket administrator for over 20 years with extensive knowledge of the game, especially in relation to cricket records and statistics.
His contributions to the discussions and decisions at cricket meetings, especially on financial matters and effective governance were invaluable. Jai had a special affinity for youth cricket. His professional approach helped to stimulate positive action in cricket administration. He was constantly looking at ways to improve the accounting and marketing procedures.
In the past he served on the GCB as the Assistant Treasurer during the period 2009 to 2011. In May 2011, shortly after a particularly turbulent meeting of the GCB Executive Committee, he was badly burned with acid by an unknown assailant and spent 42 days in the Georgetown Hospital.
Jai was a stalwart and made a tremendous contribution during the long struggle for accountability and legality in the GCB and DCB. In February this year, he was elected Treasurer of the DCB at that Board’s court-supervised elections.
On March 29, 2021, he was elected Treasurer of the GCB at the elections convened by the Cricket Ombudsman pursuant to the Guyana Cricket Administration Act, No. 14 of 2014. It is unfortunately unfortunate that Jai died shortly after execution so much after that. prolonged combat.
The passing of Pretipaul is a tremendous loss to the wider cricket fraternity. It is with heartfelt grief that the GCB and DCB Executives and staff members extend sincere condolences to his family, relatives and friends. Make sure our thoughts and prayers are with you at the time of the bereavement.