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St. David’s angered by loan delay

Bermuda Cricket Board have been accused of dragging their feet over a request by St. David’s Cricket Club to bring in a player on loan.

The Eastern Counties powerhouse had hoped to secure the services of PHC batsman Richard Todd before last weekend’s opening league game against Warwick.

But despite submitting their application within the deadline they were forced to leave Todd out of the team.

According to club chairman and player Sammy Robinson the loan has yet to be approved by the governing body.

“We would’ve liked to have had him (Todd) last week and thought it would’ve gone through because under the rules that they (BCB) have you have up till the Friday before the game, which in our case was the Thursday because Friday was the May 24th holiday, and they would ratify it that day,” Robinson told

The Royal Gazette.

“We submitted the loan request prior to the deadline but they didn’t do it so it was a shock they didn’t deal with the matter on time.”

According to the BCB’s loan policy, between the first and sixth week of the season players are allowed to be loaned to another club with a written request.

Loan applications must be submitted to the BCB before the close of business (5pm) on the last working day prior to the scheduled match.

The BCB must approve all loan requests before the player can be loaned to another team.

Robinson, who also plays for the senior national team, said he was baffled as to why the BCB have taken so long to make a ruling on their loan application.

“I can’t understand why they have to take so long to do that when they said the deadline is the last working day before the game and then we do it and they don’t entertain it in a timely fashion,” he said. “We did everything that was required and they just didn’t follow through on it so we are just waiting.

“We had to write a letter to the Board and the club that we want to get the player from requesting the loan, which is PHC, who had to write stating they agree to it which they did. The Board have to decide to ratify it and they haven’t so we are waiting for that process to happen.”

When contacted on the matter, BCB CEO Neil Speight told

The Gazette: “The BCB Cricket Committee Chairman (Nyon Steede) is currently considering a request from St David's to loan Richard Todd from PHC that was received late last week.”

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Published May 30, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 29, 2013 at 11:18 pm)

St. David’s angered by loan delay

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