USA February 11, 2007

Dissenters urge 'no' vote for new constitution

A row which has been brewing behind the scenes over the USA Cricket Association's proposed new constitution has spilled over into the public domain with the publication of an open letter from two regional directors slamming the changes.
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A row which has been brewing behind the scenes over the USA Cricket Association's proposed new constitution has spilled over into the public domain with the publication of an open letter from two regional directors slamming the changes.

Arjunan Ethirveerasingam, a regional director of the South West, and Laks Sampath of the North West, have written to the USACA executive all all board members in which they express "dismay" at the draft constitution and recommend that clubs and stakeholder vote against it.

The USACA had already come under fire for the short time it had given regions to consult stakeholders, and Cricinfo has been made aware of deep dissatisfaction among senior representatives with the way the entire process has been handled.

The letter points out several flaws with the way the planned changes have been handled, pointing out that they breach the existing constitution. The main complaints stems from the way that board of directors are to be appointed, effectively unelected for a three-year term.

"The USACA is administered by an executive committee who are a part of the board who nominate a panel to select the next executives. The nominating panel (the current board of directors) select the individuals who, in their "expert opinion", are qualified to be executives and eliminate the rest. The panel then asks the board to do a back ground check on the final list and the names are forwarded to the regions to "select" (not "elect").

"It is incomprehensible in a democratic society such as ours that a panel can eliminate everyone except the current executives or the five members that they want on the executive body. "What chance does a serious challenger have to break into the very private circle appointed by the current executives? Agreed, the regional administration votes for the executives, the first step is to get on the ballot and that very avenue is insurmountable."

The existing board, once famously described by the ICC as "dysfunctional", has been lambasted in the last couple of years for being almost unaccountable and incommunicado. The most recent elections were also shrouded in controversy, and it seems that the new constitution, which must be in place by March 1 to meet a deadline imposed by the ICC, will only add to the disharmony.

Sampath and Ethirveerasingam seem to drive a coach and horses through many areas of the constitution and they make a compelling case for stakeholders to refuse to approve it. Even if it is eventually passed, what is clear is that it needs more time to be examined. If it is passed, the letter points out that it is drafted in such a way that it is unlikely ever to be amended.

"This constitution will not change into eternity. Yes mathematically it can, logistically with the country as large as United States it is just impossible. Never in the history of USACA have there been 400+ people present at a general meeting."

The conclusion is unequivocal. "The proposed constitution is not a constitution for the membership but is a constitution for the incumbents," they wrote. "There is no forum for the stakeholders to voice their concern or to even seek clarification.

"We urge you to withdraw this constitution and call a meeting of the general body to work on a constitution that is both acceptable to the membership and will also provide a strong foundation for the future of cricket in USA. In the meanwhile, we will request any member clubs wanting to vote send in their "No" ballots and to vote via email so that there will be proof of deliver of the ballot."

Cricinfo has been contacted by several other senior regional representatives endorsing these views and it is now possible that what initially looked to be a simple rubber-stamping process could present a major headache for the USACA incumbents.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • rahim sunesara on December 17, 2007, 5:04 GMT

    I like my son play cricket.He is 6 year old and he is interest to play and I live in USA Houston-TX. So please give me some info for USA Cricket Association so I can contact them.And I can have a coach for him.Please reply me soon. Thank you.

  • Amjad Khan on February 22, 2007, 16:01 GMT

    Great to see your comments Chris :-) It's been a long time since I saw you loop those left arm spinners and bamboozle the bay area batsmen with the late drift - I must say, you are the best left arm spinner I have seen in the US. You consistently bowled to a 6-3 field and still managed to choke the runs (well, you were lucky that I was playing on your side ;-)....boy do I miss those days. Anyways, back at the ranch (yes, US Cricket is a ranch of sorts, run by a bunch of trigger happy cow boys, led by the Messrs Dainty and Chik). As you rightly pointed out, US Cricket has gone down from an administration standpoint, but at the same time quality of the game has taken a steep dive down as well. I remember in the early 1990's, some of the club games in New York would be close to first class standards. Nowadays, even the US National team doesn't come close to showing the same quality. There is a lot of cricket, but no quality. One of the reasons for too much cricket is the spurious clubs that have mushroomed due to the cheap and easy registration that Masood Chik has cunningly taken full advantage of. His and Dainty's goal is not to promote the game in the US, but to garner votes so that they can stay in power. It reminds me of Saddam's election a few years ago in which he got 99% of the votes - of course, Dainty will get a majority of the votes from the board as well as long as he let's these $30 clubs vote for guys like Masood as the Directors. In turn Masood and the other similarly elected directors will ensure that Dainty remains in power. It is like you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours……. I strongly urge the ICC to intervene and finally help US Cricket get on the right track. This new proposed constitution is doing nothing; I repeat nothing, to promote the game in the US. All it is doing is providing a means for Dainty and his cohorts to stay in power. I request every club to vote against it.

    - Amjad Khan New York.

  • Chris English on February 20, 2007, 21:20 GMT

    This is so sad...the USACA has been dysfunctional to my knowledge since the late seventies; we would have hoped that in thirty years we would have found a way to build a vibrant and flourishing organization promoting grass roots cricket especially within the youth of America. It seems not. The USA has the demographics to be an effective cricketing nation at the associate level at least, given a solid organization and a passion for promoting the game at the youth level. There is a need for leadership which is not steeped in self-aggrandizement of what ever ilk it may be but bathed in a passion for cricket and the promotion of youth. Like Bobbie I have moved on and now live in the Caribbean. I have been working the past year on our group staging of the world cup in which we will host two associate members - Scotland and The Netherlands. Working with the administrators of those countries has been a delight; particularly seeing their passion for the promotion and success of their respective nationals and national teams. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that they are Scots and Nederlanders rather than aging expatriates vainly trying to hold on to the last of the summer wine? Stand up America and get it done! Chris English St Kitts

  • John Wainwright on February 20, 2007, 0:55 GMT

    Over a period of time, as well as on several previous forums, including this one, it has been suggested by various people, which have hoped that the ICC would and could take control of USA Cricket. I for one, hope at this stage, this does not happen, I also hope this is not offensive to the majority of USA Cricket followers.

    There are several reasons for my thinking. The first is, that USA Cricket has been around long enough and I believe that there are enough independent minded Cricket people without agendas out there who could get around a table to discuss what the problems are inside the USA Cricket world, and then progress to a strategic development plan for all levels of USA Cricket. {I certainly do not mean that the majority of the present incumbent USACA office holders as we have seen their intentions, lack of direction, neglect and failures}. What my experience tells me is that the situation of the development of Cricket in the USA is like no other developing or established Cricket conditions in the world, and that those who have a more accurate understanding of the Cricket environment in the USA, are more likely to come up with a sustainable plan. Though outside help should not be ignored, perhaps, should be sought from the right people.

    Secondly and probably of more importance, is that we the USA Cricket players, officials, etc., have to face not only our neglect in the past, but our responsibilities for the future. One cannot just throw ones hands up hoping that we can be bailed out by someone else, because even if the fairy Godmother does appear, by not facing up to the situation and taking action from within, you can guarantee that failure will be certain.

    There is also the point that the ICC is responsible to all its stakeholders, that is, those other Cricket playing countries that are members of the ICC. Those members vote on programs and plans that are put foreword, at this point, those members will certainly not be likely to indorse funding for a hotch- potch situation such as USA Cricket. Their approval is required. They have better things to do with the monies that help their individual countries in their own development plans.

    Lastly, the bottom line is, that in the USA enervation, hard work, is rewarded and the potentials are endless. But we have to accept the responsibility for the past and move forward in a new and positive direction.

    Please do not hide under pseudo names, as it serves no benefit to you or your argument.

    John Wainwright.

  • TO PROGRESS on February 19, 2007, 23:01 GMT

    Dear Mr. Progress, It is quite clear which side of the fence you are dancing on. You want beef go to Wendy's. The current group cannot be given another 3 years to work things out. The USACA leader shave not presented a starting point. It is the ending point that you are looking at. You say build from the regions. The current constitution is breaking up the 2 most powerful regions : NY Region & the California Region. The strong are being ousted and the weak are being built upon.

    You say remove the directors. YOU CANNOT. They all will be back in power, doing the same old crap. FORMULA: You want formula. This is not NASCAR where you find Formula 1 drivers. Get rid of the old for good. They should be wiped out fron the face of USACA Cricket. They should not even come to any decision making.

    But you know what, It is of no avail, as the old might dollar kicks in and they will be back in power. USA Cricket is doomed.

  • Progress on February 19, 2007, 17:01 GMT

    Firozshah, you don't get it! You are supporting people who become very destructive when they do not get their way. Like I said, they need to show us something with some meat, and they have not. I do not believe they can! To dissent is one thing, but not to offer an alternate plan is worse. The USACA leaders have presented a starting point. It's not perfect, but we can work together to make it better. I also see that the youth programs are at the core of the Constitution. Can you say that for most cricketing nations? Come on, let's adopt this thing and build from within our own regions so we can kick the weak or self-serving directors out. That's where we start from. Last time I noticed, Mr. Dainty is not going away, so why not remove some of the directors who are inept? I believe that he will go away then. That' the formula to get rid of him!

  • arjunan ethirveerasingam on February 19, 2007, 15:17 GMT

    Dear Mr. "Progress", We/I have submitted many ideas, requests, comments, questions, etc for inclusion or clarification of the proposed constitution and for the future of cricket in the USA.

    Unfortunately, all have these have gone unanswered by the executive of USACA.

    I have attempted to work with the Executive, but to no avail... during the current executive's reign US cricket and our standing in the international community has plunged.

    This is due to the lack of accountability and transparancy of the current administration.

    I do not want power and will be resigning in the near future whatever the outcome of the illegal vote on the constitution. But in the interim i will speak out on any injustices i see. As Edmund Burke stated, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"

    Once again i would request that those that attack us please give a point by point refutation of the letter and the issues that we brought up. If you can't do so it speaks volumes about what is wrong with US cricket and the motivation of your attacks on me.

    thank you, arjunan ethirveerasingam USACA Direction SWR

  • Progress on February 19, 2007, 13:03 GMT

    Again! Laks, Arjunan, and their supporters have not presented a Single idea that shows that they can do better. Wake up guys, you seem to have a "mob mentality", the way you are being led by these guys. I get it, they want to take power and then come up with a plan. Come on Laks and Arjunan, where's the beef?

  • Sohrab on February 19, 2007, 8:45 GMT

    Cricket cannot stand in USA under current circumstances. Cricket is not for USA if it were then why do they play Baseball. Quit trying...

  • Clarification of the constitution on February 18, 2007, 14:12 GMT

    The so called ARBITRATOR, has clarified the glaring errors that everyone has pointed out. He claims that there is nothing wrong with the ratification. First of all you are an ARBITRATOR, that means you cannot take sides and sway the general public. =You are supposed to be neutral in this whole issue. We will and can decide what is good for us and what is not. Looks like someone paid you off pretty heftily to say this. The Cricket ball is RED and not GREEN like the color of the money that you got! My 2 CENTS. ARBITRATOR or TRAITOR - HOWZAT!!!!!! you make the call. The call is you are OUT.

    ** Note We have printed this as we have had mails lately accusing us of vetting comments. The only comments which have not been reproduced are those which are libellous, obscene or gibberish.

  • rahim sunesara on December 17, 2007, 5:04 GMT

    I like my son play cricket.He is 6 year old and he is interest to play and I live in USA Houston-TX. So please give me some info for USA Cricket Association so I can contact them.And I can have a coach for him.Please reply me soon. Thank you.

  • Amjad Khan on February 22, 2007, 16:01 GMT

    Great to see your comments Chris :-) It's been a long time since I saw you loop those left arm spinners and bamboozle the bay area batsmen with the late drift - I must say, you are the best left arm spinner I have seen in the US. You consistently bowled to a 6-3 field and still managed to choke the runs (well, you were lucky that I was playing on your side ;-)....boy do I miss those days. Anyways, back at the ranch (yes, US Cricket is a ranch of sorts, run by a bunch of trigger happy cow boys, led by the Messrs Dainty and Chik). As you rightly pointed out, US Cricket has gone down from an administration standpoint, but at the same time quality of the game has taken a steep dive down as well. I remember in the early 1990's, some of the club games in New York would be close to first class standards. Nowadays, even the US National team doesn't come close to showing the same quality. There is a lot of cricket, but no quality. One of the reasons for too much cricket is the spurious clubs that have mushroomed due to the cheap and easy registration that Masood Chik has cunningly taken full advantage of. His and Dainty's goal is not to promote the game in the US, but to garner votes so that they can stay in power. It reminds me of Saddam's election a few years ago in which he got 99% of the votes - of course, Dainty will get a majority of the votes from the board as well as long as he let's these $30 clubs vote for guys like Masood as the Directors. In turn Masood and the other similarly elected directors will ensure that Dainty remains in power. It is like you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours……. I strongly urge the ICC to intervene and finally help US Cricket get on the right track. This new proposed constitution is doing nothing; I repeat nothing, to promote the game in the US. All it is doing is providing a means for Dainty and his cohorts to stay in power. I request every club to vote against it.

    - Amjad Khan New York.

  • Chris English on February 20, 2007, 21:20 GMT

    This is so sad...the USACA has been dysfunctional to my knowledge since the late seventies; we would have hoped that in thirty years we would have found a way to build a vibrant and flourishing organization promoting grass roots cricket especially within the youth of America. It seems not. The USA has the demographics to be an effective cricketing nation at the associate level at least, given a solid organization and a passion for promoting the game at the youth level. There is a need for leadership which is not steeped in self-aggrandizement of what ever ilk it may be but bathed in a passion for cricket and the promotion of youth. Like Bobbie I have moved on and now live in the Caribbean. I have been working the past year on our group staging of the world cup in which we will host two associate members - Scotland and The Netherlands. Working with the administrators of those countries has been a delight; particularly seeing their passion for the promotion and success of their respective nationals and national teams. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that they are Scots and Nederlanders rather than aging expatriates vainly trying to hold on to the last of the summer wine? Stand up America and get it done! Chris English St Kitts

  • John Wainwright on February 20, 2007, 0:55 GMT

    Over a period of time, as well as on several previous forums, including this one, it has been suggested by various people, which have hoped that the ICC would and could take control of USA Cricket. I for one, hope at this stage, this does not happen, I also hope this is not offensive to the majority of USA Cricket followers.

    There are several reasons for my thinking. The first is, that USA Cricket has been around long enough and I believe that there are enough independent minded Cricket people without agendas out there who could get around a table to discuss what the problems are inside the USA Cricket world, and then progress to a strategic development plan for all levels of USA Cricket. {I certainly do not mean that the majority of the present incumbent USACA office holders as we have seen their intentions, lack of direction, neglect and failures}. What my experience tells me is that the situation of the development of Cricket in the USA is like no other developing or established Cricket conditions in the world, and that those who have a more accurate understanding of the Cricket environment in the USA, are more likely to come up with a sustainable plan. Though outside help should not be ignored, perhaps, should be sought from the right people.

    Secondly and probably of more importance, is that we the USA Cricket players, officials, etc., have to face not only our neglect in the past, but our responsibilities for the future. One cannot just throw ones hands up hoping that we can be bailed out by someone else, because even if the fairy Godmother does appear, by not facing up to the situation and taking action from within, you can guarantee that failure will be certain.

    There is also the point that the ICC is responsible to all its stakeholders, that is, those other Cricket playing countries that are members of the ICC. Those members vote on programs and plans that are put foreword, at this point, those members will certainly not be likely to indorse funding for a hotch- potch situation such as USA Cricket. Their approval is required. They have better things to do with the monies that help their individual countries in their own development plans.

    Lastly, the bottom line is, that in the USA enervation, hard work, is rewarded and the potentials are endless. But we have to accept the responsibility for the past and move forward in a new and positive direction.

    Please do not hide under pseudo names, as it serves no benefit to you or your argument.

    John Wainwright.

  • TO PROGRESS on February 19, 2007, 23:01 GMT

    Dear Mr. Progress, It is quite clear which side of the fence you are dancing on. You want beef go to Wendy's. The current group cannot be given another 3 years to work things out. The USACA leader shave not presented a starting point. It is the ending point that you are looking at. You say build from the regions. The current constitution is breaking up the 2 most powerful regions : NY Region & the California Region. The strong are being ousted and the weak are being built upon.

    You say remove the directors. YOU CANNOT. They all will be back in power, doing the same old crap. FORMULA: You want formula. This is not NASCAR where you find Formula 1 drivers. Get rid of the old for good. They should be wiped out fron the face of USACA Cricket. They should not even come to any decision making.

    But you know what, It is of no avail, as the old might dollar kicks in and they will be back in power. USA Cricket is doomed.

  • Progress on February 19, 2007, 17:01 GMT

    Firozshah, you don't get it! You are supporting people who become very destructive when they do not get their way. Like I said, they need to show us something with some meat, and they have not. I do not believe they can! To dissent is one thing, but not to offer an alternate plan is worse. The USACA leaders have presented a starting point. It's not perfect, but we can work together to make it better. I also see that the youth programs are at the core of the Constitution. Can you say that for most cricketing nations? Come on, let's adopt this thing and build from within our own regions so we can kick the weak or self-serving directors out. That's where we start from. Last time I noticed, Mr. Dainty is not going away, so why not remove some of the directors who are inept? I believe that he will go away then. That' the formula to get rid of him!

  • arjunan ethirveerasingam on February 19, 2007, 15:17 GMT

    Dear Mr. "Progress", We/I have submitted many ideas, requests, comments, questions, etc for inclusion or clarification of the proposed constitution and for the future of cricket in the USA.

    Unfortunately, all have these have gone unanswered by the executive of USACA.

    I have attempted to work with the Executive, but to no avail... during the current executive's reign US cricket and our standing in the international community has plunged.

    This is due to the lack of accountability and transparancy of the current administration.

    I do not want power and will be resigning in the near future whatever the outcome of the illegal vote on the constitution. But in the interim i will speak out on any injustices i see. As Edmund Burke stated, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"

    Once again i would request that those that attack us please give a point by point refutation of the letter and the issues that we brought up. If you can't do so it speaks volumes about what is wrong with US cricket and the motivation of your attacks on me.

    thank you, arjunan ethirveerasingam USACA Direction SWR

  • Progress on February 19, 2007, 13:03 GMT

    Again! Laks, Arjunan, and their supporters have not presented a Single idea that shows that they can do better. Wake up guys, you seem to have a "mob mentality", the way you are being led by these guys. I get it, they want to take power and then come up with a plan. Come on Laks and Arjunan, where's the beef?

  • Sohrab on February 19, 2007, 8:45 GMT

    Cricket cannot stand in USA under current circumstances. Cricket is not for USA if it were then why do they play Baseball. Quit trying...

  • Clarification of the constitution on February 18, 2007, 14:12 GMT

    The so called ARBITRATOR, has clarified the glaring errors that everyone has pointed out. He claims that there is nothing wrong with the ratification. First of all you are an ARBITRATOR, that means you cannot take sides and sway the general public. =You are supposed to be neutral in this whole issue. We will and can decide what is good for us and what is not. Looks like someone paid you off pretty heftily to say this. The Cricket ball is RED and not GREEN like the color of the money that you got! My 2 CENTS. ARBITRATOR or TRAITOR - HOWZAT!!!!!! you make the call. The call is you are OUT.

    ** Note We have printed this as we have had mails lately accusing us of vetting comments. The only comments which have not been reproduced are those which are libellous, obscene or gibberish.

  • Firozshah on February 18, 2007, 10:59 GMT

    "Ambidextrous" and "Progress"-- Your comments on Laks and Arjunan are gratuitious and irrelevant. You have clearly not bothered to actually read what they wrote (yes, there is a link on this page to their original letter, if you could be bothered to use it). so they are "fronting for the ICC"?? Did you forget that USACA is a member of ICC, and therefore governed by ICC's rules and regulations? In any case, stay away from these personal attacks on Laks and Arjunan and stick to the substantive issues that they have raised. That would be constructive.

  • Progress - Not!!!!! on February 18, 2007, 3:48 GMT

    Mr. Progress - it is not about Laks and Arjunan....it is about Cricket that is being played by 10,000 cricketers throughout the USA as well as the people throughout the world who want to see USA on the road map. These 2 guys have the balls to stand up to the 'Saddamanesque' tactics of Dainty, which include groupism, nepostim, favoritism, and every 'ism' you can think of. Along with his side kick Masood Chik, they have learnt the art of registering spurious clubs for $30 each, manipulating the 6 votes out of 10 directors and stay glued to their posts indefinitely. With this new proposed constitution, all they are doing is rubber stamping their 'stickiness' for ever. I don't care about Laks or Arjun, but I care about US Cricket, and believe me you, as long as Dainty and his co-conspirators remain in power, US Cricket will go nowhere. All Laks and Arjun are doing is trying to resist these crusaders and for that you are accusing them of conniving with ICC. For a moment, even if they did - that's the best thing that ICC could have done in a long time.

  • Bobby Refaie on February 17, 2007, 21:33 GMT

    Gentlemen,

    The last time I wrote to you was almost two years ago, as a Secretary of USACA. Since then, I have moved to a new and better career in my life. I work as an Outreach Liaison with a United State Congressmen in Houston, Texas, doing what I know how to do best- standing up against any injustices. I cannot resist now, when once again, I see a Dysfunctional USACA trying to change the Old Constitution to suit their diabolical plans.

    As you are probably aware, the current President, Gladstone Dainty, and his group were elected on June 4, 2003 (3 years & 8 months ago). Since that time, this group of desperate men has continuously abused and misused their powers to suit their own private agendas. On April 16Th, 2005, a historic meeting took place in Dallas , Texas , where majority of the leagues in this country unanimously resolved that they had no confidence in the leadership of Mr. Dainty and his group. It is shameful that Mr. Dainty has decided to hang on to power through unconstitutional ways, legal maneuvering and intimidation tactics.

    The last election process was completed by the Board appointed independent auditors on March 7, 2005. All of us, including myself, expected to move along with the new Board as it took over the operations of USACA. However, Mr. Dainty and his group had other plans. He has not only refused to acknowledge the results of the elections, but was (and is) still continuing to abuse and misuse his power as the President of USACA. The result clearly shows the sorry state of affairs that USACA is currently in due to his sorry leadership.

    It is for the first time in the history of USACA that an incumbent President has resorted to such desperate means to stay in power. The tragedy of the situation is that the current regime may be utilizing your USACA club dues and ICC funds to hire attorneys to intimidate the membership and ICC. The latest episode in the sad saga of USACA is the draft of the so called “new Constitution or plan” by Mr. Dainty so that he can shut down our voices. As you can see in the new draft, there are numerous inconsistencies and a diabolical plan to keep this regime in power FOREVER

    Keep in mind that the old Constitution is still in place and this has been acknowledged by all concerned parties (US courts, USACA membership and Mr. Dainty himself). According to the old Constitution, which is still posted on the USACA Web site for anyone who wishes to verify, these are few of the following articles have been violated:

    Article 14.1: The notice for the constitutional amendment is inadequate; it requires 21 working days notice (NOT 12 working Days Notice).

    Article 14.2: there needs to be a MEETING of the membership to amend the constitution, for which a notice needs to be given 21 WORKING days prior (No Meeting was called or Planned).

    Article 14.1 & 14.2: Also requires a 2/3 majority vote of the total member clubs. Another major illegal process to count only the returned ballots -for Example: if only 50 or 100 clubs returned the ballots and 35 or 70 of them said yes, they claim that the constitution shall be considered as amended. This is unconstitutional and criminal, since one cannot interpret the laws to suit one’s needs.

    This New draft or Plan allows for the current Board of Directors and the executives to be reappointed without any election. This is unacceptable in this country, especially when it is a not-for-profit corporation for public benefit with an IRS 501(c) 3 status. The New Draft or Plan also allows the Executive Board to have unlimited powers without any checks and balances.

    Is this what you want? These are just a few of the major inconsistencies in the new draft. I know that if you will read the whole text you will find lot more illegalitles and sinister implications.

    I know he is Desperate because of the 3rd and final ICC deadline of March 1st, 2007. However, it is quite obvious that he has not cared to read the Constitution because he has no intentions of following it. He just wants to beat the ICC deadline and then continue "Business as usual".

    I have previously warned everyone about this regime. Many in USACA did not believe ME. Well, you saw what happened and now I am telling you once more, that to ignore this is to give up the last chance to save USACA.

    Gentlemen, after reading this e-mail and looking at some of the important discrepancies found in the current draft, We can do two things. We either all sit back and don't do anything, or our clubs should not only refuse to vote on this totally illegal and so called Constitution, but they should also clearly challenge this whole illegal process. To Just say No means that we accept this illegal process. I sincerely hope that this time Mr. Dainty’s regime is mistaken in believing that the membership of USACA, once again, can be silenced by his bully tactics of "Take it or Leave it". I request all of you to use all the available avenues, such as personal e-mails, Cricinfo and other media outlets to let the whole world know that the tyrannical regime of Mr. Dainty must come to an end immediately. (Think of how much USACA lost in the last 3 years and 8 months under this regime):

    *PROJECT USA , *Demoting to 3rd Division in ICC ranking from # 12th TEAM in the world after the 2004 Champions Trophy. *Lost total respect in the Cricketing world. *Hundred's and Thousands of USACA's dollars in Legal bills to keep them in power *No accountability to the membership whatsoever *No Elections; No AGM's *Actions for the past few years have been conducted in total secrecy. *No information. (Can’t keep up USACA website for months at a time) I can go on and on--------;

    Once again, Remember that YOU are the ones who run day-to-day cricket in the USA . Your clubs are the real members of this organization, NOT the USACA executives or the Board of Directors. They are required to serve at YOUR pleasure. You and your member clubs are the ones that stand to gain or lose by what is done in your name. The future of US cricket is YOURS to shape and develop, not for those who act to represent (OR Miss-represent) you.

    If you need any help from me, please ask at any time. I will be more then glad to help you for a better USACA.

    Regards, Bobby Refaie

    PS: As someone who has been involved with US cricket as a player, regional representative, and executive officer during the last 27 years, I believe I am entitled to my own opinions, and US cricketers need to know who they are. It is in that spirit that this letter is written.

  • Reply to Ambidextrous on February 17, 2007, 15:11 GMT

    Hey Ambidextrous, Atleast Laks & Arjun and a few are doing something to inform the public. What have you done lately, ooops I mean what has USACA done lately for Cricket in USA. The Good people have already resigned or quit and given hope for better Cricket in America. You will soon a new Organization emerge if you comeback in power. It is already in the works. We are all mourning the death of what could have been a great Association. You have reduced it to a powerless, shameless, name calling, finger pointing nation in the world of Cricket. You will be crying not us.

  • G B Tiede on February 16, 2007, 23:13 GMT

    Chidambar Joshi asks the right question: is it worth losing associate status to get rid of the present administration?

    I grieve to say it, but my answer is yes.

    The proposed Constitution has been disingenuously presented with insufficient [unconstitutionally so] time for review, it cements the current administration - including executives and directors who have done more to harm US cricket than anyone thought possible - in place for three years, and it's almost impossible to amend. It is self-serving in the extreme, and based on the administration's record I am confident that if it passes US cricket will suffer. Anyone remember Project USA? Somehow these administrators escaped accountability in the last election for a bad decision that set us back years. US cricket needs accountability *now*. Will it be more of the same, or a new direction?

    Unfortunately, the new direction provided by ICC is a radical one. I say it's the better one.

  • Progress on February 16, 2007, 16:19 GMT

    Laks & Arjun are unhappy again! Poor, Poor, babies; always crying when they are not fed! Are these guys ever content with anything that USACA does? The heart of this constitution is the kids. Laks & Arjun, are you scared that you may be left out in the cold because you have nothing to bring to the table but distractions. Your letter sounds like you are "fronting" for the ICC. Under your cover, you can say in public what they say in private. Laks & Arjun, you are being used again.

    Bye!!!

  • Ambidextrous on February 16, 2007, 6:49 GMT

    Have USACA done anything to make Laks & Arjun happy ? they seem to have problems with anyone other than themselves. These idiots have sued each other over administration, and we expect them to run the game here. shame...shame...

  • Dainty's Nemesis on February 16, 2007, 3:26 GMT

    Well said Arjunan....keep up your good work with the Tsunami relief. These clowns that are holding onto their positions will all end up in a tidal wave sooner than later. Dainty and his cohorts have inflicted Tsunami magnitude destruction to US Cricket. We need relief from them!!!!!

  • Chidambat Joshi on February 16, 2007, 3:02 GMT

    As I see it right now, there are more questions than answers. I do see that there are a few who feel that the constitution must be changed and agreed upon before putting it out for ratification. Then there are some others who think that if we miss the deadline to get the constitution ratified and election is held under this constitution per ICC requirements/conditions, USACA will lose its current status and will be downgraded to a level which puts US cricket decades behind. In other words it will take years and a lot more effort to get back to associate status and be able to participate in certain level tournaments conducted by ICC.

    So the real question is which one is the right thing to do?

    I did get mixed response from people when I posed the question above. the response varied depending on various factors which anyone can guess.

    I would like to hear from Arjunan, Laks and any other board member on the question and one of the analysis I have presented in this write up.

    Chidambar Joshi National Cricket League Cricket Sporting Academy Central East Region.

  • astakamaldalapradamprakashbhai on February 15, 2007, 22:35 GMT

    well said arjunan, we need unselfish people like you to give us all head voice in corrupt. We all have been playing cricket in USA for more than a decade now and expected some day this constitution will improve/change. We will enjoy to be part of the World Cup or rather ICC Premier League at least with the talent we have in this country. We hope you would not give up because of some scums out there.........

    thanks a bunch

  • Arjunan Ethirveerasingam on February 15, 2007, 17:29 GMT

    Dear Mr. USA Player (I very much doubt that you are or ever were one), Your post is representative of all that is wrong with US cricket and the lack of any morality, decency, honesty and integrity that those that are FOR this new constitution and who support the current administrators exhibit. You all have no “leg to stand on” and have no ethics and thus rather than address the issues raised in our letter instead make personal attacks designed to deflect the criticism.

    To begin with: Is this the only response you have to the letter we sent and the problems with the proposed constitution? Please address the issues raised in the letter, especially the illegality of the process for the ratification of this proposed constitution.

    Also, for your information, I do not plan to run for any office at any level to administer cricket in the USA. Life is too short and my time is too valuable to waste. I am only trying to speak for the voiceless before I fade into the sunset. Good luck to y’all.

    To address the points you raise: 1) Article IX - Section 2: I AGREE whole heartedly with this provision. Where in our letter did we refer to this section as being a problem/issue? We did not because it was ONE of the things that I feel SHOULD be in the constitution

    2) Background Checks: I have no problems with a background check IF the criteria which would disqualify a candidate are agreed to by the BOD and are published before hand.

    With regard to the issue of me having not been physically present during my term: As you would know (I’m assuming you’re a member of the executive) the 26 Dec 2004 Tsunami hit the NorthEast of Sri Lanka and I went to volunteer. After 2 months I realized that this work was more important than the corporate job i had left. The election for Regional Director had begun before I left the USA and I was elected to the position while in Sri Lanka.

    My first impulse was to resign. But there was no process to name a replacement or to hold a special election and my resigning would leave the region with no representation and Mr. Dainty in full control of the BOD.

    Additionally, as you also know during 2005 Mr. Dainty filed a suit against the “rebel board”, me included, and this also added to the impossibility of resigning.

    In late 2005 there was a meeting in NY where the issue of the lawsuit was resolved. I wished to and offered to resign then, but as earlier, was urged not too by some members of the USACA Executive, USACA BOD, SCCA Executive, SCCA BOD and Clubs in my region.

    I have made an open offer to resign at anytime if the SCCA BOD or EXECUTIVE or clubs in the SWR ask me to. But with the current constitution and the current “goings on” in USACA this would leave the region without representation.

    USACA is dysfunctional and should be put into receivership until an appropriate, legitimate, legally approved and enacted, impartial constitution is in place.

    Thank you, Arjunan Ethirveerasingam SWR Director USACA

  • EX USA PLAYER on February 15, 2007, 17:11 GMT

    What a bunch of baloni! Dainty-Fainty and his gang are now hijacking the USA players and putting them up in front of the nation so that they can pull of this stunt. It ain't gonna work. First of all there is no future for these players as long as you guys are crawling the show (I left out running the show). Your administration is going at a snails pace and it always will. You don't belong here. You are only here to make money and deals. For god's sake leave USACA. It is time you stepped down.

    for the future of US CRICKET.

  • Brian Lara on February 15, 2007, 15:24 GMT

    USA Player we can see your vested interest in this matter. The fact of the matter is that the administration is corrupt and needs to go away and this constitution is to keep these corrupt people in power. The actions of Arjunan and Laks are here to change what US Cricket have been doing wrong for seven years now. If that means some of you senior guys miss out certain games because of ICC sanctions then it better be that way because a corrupt wrong system will only destroy the fabric of cricket in this country. USA player if you are bold enough why don't you reveal your name before taking stabs at Arjunan and Laks who are doing a good service here to cricket in USA.

  • Laks Sampath on February 15, 2007, 14:08 GMT

    Back when the last round of background checks were conducted, I was told that the background checks were to ensure there was no felony charges in a nominee’s background. I didn't feel that a financial check was also warranted due to fact that no independent organization was conducting these checks. I refused USACA personnel access to that level of information. This accusation is nothing new. I have said this before in a public forums and I say it again, I challenge anyone to produce a credit check or any document that says I have financial troubles.

    Further more, let us think for a second. What kind of money is there in USACA that will solve anyone's financial hardship? :-)

  • USA Player on February 15, 2007, 3:31 GMT

    Overall I think the CRC did a good job in putting together the draft constitution of USACA.

    HOWEVER, THE MAJOR REASONS THE DISSENTERS DO NOT SUPPORT THE DOCUMENT ARE AS FOLLOWS.

    Sources within the USACA claim that the two dissenters, Laks Sampath and Arjunan Ethirveerasingam, do not support the draft constitution because it is a deterrent to their re-election.

    Arjunan Ethirveerasingam, who is residing in Sri Lanka for the past two years, claims that Article IX, Section 2 was written just remove him from office. You be the judge… does Arjunan has USA cricket at heart?

    Article IX - Section 2: Members of the Executive Board shall be citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States of America and must be domiciled in the United States during his/her term of office.

    Laks Sampath believes background checks are too personal. You be the judge… read the following article…

    Article XII - Section 5: The nominating panel shall thereafter submit the list of candidates to the Board for background checks and final approval.

    Section 6: The Board within five (5) business days shall submit the names and other relevant information of each candidate to the independent entity that is completing the background checks on behalf of USACA.

  • USA Player on February 15, 2007, 3:02 GMT

    The future Cricketers of the USA that will suffer because of the actions of Laks and Arjunan.

    USA U/15 Squad : 2006 ICC Americas U15 Champions Abhijit Joshi,. Akash Jagannathan, Arpan Roy, Brandon Dunbar, Vaibhan Nayar, Gregory Sewdial,. Harmandeep Kumar, Mital Patel, Harchan Brijlall, Talha Zamir, Varun Vallur, Zulkfl Nana, Sriram Giridharan, Akash Pathak.

    USA U19 CWC 2006 Squad and ICC Americas Champions. Hemant Punoo,. Abhemanyu Rajp, Ravi Timbawala,. Sumon Bari, Akeem Dodson,. Dunae Nathaniel, Mohammad Rehman, Dominic Audain,. Romeno Deane, Nisarg Patel, Kumar Ramsabad, Mrunal Patel, Anil Deopersaud, Alexandrino Kirton, Megh Bhatt, Nadir Malik.

    USA Senior Team: 2006 ICC Americas Runner-up Jignesh Desai, Khawaja Shuja, Steve Massiah, Imran Awan, Gowkaran Roopnarine, Fauad Hasan, Carl Wright, Niraj Shah, Lennox Cush, Sushil Nadkarni, Abhiskek Pawar, Steve Pitter, Akeem Dodson, Chintan Patel

    WHAT A SHAME?

  • titmus on February 14, 2007, 23:16 GMT

    Wake up America!! USACA administration, led by Dainty and his incompetent gang, are about to put cricket to death if they are allowed to keep control. As a former US player, it hurts to see the game I love so much is being destroyed by a bunch of clowns. We have to stop it now. Cricket has really suffered under the leadership of Dainty. ICC please help us!!!!

  • A Concerned Cricketer on February 13, 2007, 21:51 GMT

    A rather bold step in the face of ICC deadline. We stand to lose tremendously from missing the ICC deadlines. I just hope ICC realizes how severe this situation is.

    I suppose as US players we can only hope the ICC intervenes and makes sense of the mess of an organization called the USACA. This is a serious plea to ICC to do something about the current condition.

    This is not only an internal squabble... but a serious situation where cricket at the regional level is suffering due to USACA's incompetence and greed!

    I do not understand how Dainty could sit quietly and hold on to power when 99% of players and the admins across the nation wants him gone!

    There must be something severely wrong with the system as well as Dainty for him to be able to do so. He should be ashamed of himself! ICC should be ashamed that nothing is done about it. I am yet to see one positive comment about Dainty in the past two years. Not even on this blog!!!

    Dainty needs to resign or be sacked for his and cricket's sake in the US!!

    I would highly recommend ICC to assign a temporary non partisan administration to redo the constitution if necessary and hold neutral elections till this mess is sorted out because under the current system that is simply out of question when no one obviously have any faith in the administration!!

  • Cricketer on February 13, 2007, 21:17 GMT

    Dainty & Masood chic does not even know that they play Cricket in America. Just check the website out. No news since last November.

  • VOICE of a CRICKETER in USA on February 13, 2007, 21:15 GMT

    Throw the current USACA adminsitration out, each and everyone. This is not an avenue to make money in the name of Cricket.

    They have not done anything to promote Cricket in the USA, except for self promotion.

    "NO" on this all important issue. Can ICC pleaase help.

  • Seattle cricketer on February 13, 2007, 20:47 GMT

    Wake up criketer, directors, league presidents, its enough of this idiots in USACA managements, lets work together now to improve cricket of this great nation.

    ICC help..........

  • Ravi on February 13, 2007, 20:29 GMT

    I do not think the proposed constitution is going to develop cricket in United States of America. We need to think better. We want to grow cricket and not reduce its popularity by proposing something like this.

  • NJ Cricketer on February 12, 2007, 23:26 GMT

    Dainty needs to retire or get fired! He has done nothing good for USA Cricket. He does not even know that people play cricket in New Jersey. Him and His selectors do not select any player on the national squad from New Jerset even though there are greatly gifted players playing there. SHAME ON YOU, DAINTY!

  • Jigar Shah on February 12, 2007, 22:47 GMT

    Finally somebody has taken the bold step and it is no surprise that the two gentlemen involved are Arjunan and Laks, two of the biggest supporters for an open forum on issues related to US cricket. This administration consists of power brokers who are interested in doing nothing for US cricket. It is unfortunate that for the longest time most associations and clubs in the country have slept and let go of this issue. It is time the clubs and leagues wake up and make a difference. Yes, the problem as Amjad pointed out is Gladstone Dainty but the bigger problem or man behind this whole scheme Masood Chik needs to go away to.

  • US Cricketer on February 12, 2007, 20:31 GMT

    ICC

    How long are you going to let Dainty and his henchmen destroy Cricket in America? You need to step in and you need to do it now.

    Countries like Bangladesh, who used to struggle to beat the US a decade ago are already a test nation, having moved ahead of Zimbabwe and Kenya in the 1-day rankings. A tiny island like Bermuda with a population of 60,000 will be playing in the World Cup next month. Poor USA can't even win the Americas Cup, leave alone qualifying for the World Cup. This is a direct result of the incompetence of the current administration. Now they have the nerve to introduce a constitution that is going to rubber stamp their hold on destruction of US Cricket.

    Please, step in and help......

  • Farhan Aziz on February 12, 2007, 17:55 GMT

    Certainly, the constitution is not Kosher. Having seen the pool of administrators at the regional level, I am afraid I have to agree with Nafi Karim and request the ICC to employee a management team to run cricket in the US. There should be a 5 year plan to groom and transition local talent. So this is an SOS to the ICC... please help.

  • Texan on February 12, 2007, 16:50 GMT

    I have just one simple question. I respect Arjun E and Laks very much. We have not seen the official letter from them to the directors and executives of the USACA. Is it possible to get that letter posted her or on any other web site? The reason is not that many voting clubs get on this web site to see USACA news and I can say one thing, if you have any plans to have clubs vote No, they need to be informed individually or at least through their Presidents. I can only speak for Houston Cricket League and last night we had our annual awards dinner, but none of the club was aware about USACA Constitution Ratification or deadline or anything. As a founding member of Houston Cricket league and one time USACA Board of Director I know the people who are running USACA at present. HCL has their AGM next week and planning to elect their new Executive committee. I did remind all the clubs yesterday regarding the deadline for upcoming ratification ballot. Central West has at least 20 votes from Houston, 20 votes from Dalls-Fortworth and 8 votes from Colorado. I urge you to contact these members and let them know of your position and why should they vote No. If it's not followed up at club level then many clubs may not even send their Ratification ballots. If you need any further information on Houston league please contact me at 832-577-8357. I love cricket and I wish we have better administration. What is ICC's view on this constitution or do they stay out of it.

  • Scott Cooper-Johnston on February 12, 2007, 9:18 GMT

    Will we ever see the USA in world cricket? It seems that the world's largest economy is unable to throw together an adequate executive that can bring the USA into the cricket community. Is the USA playing at the World Cup 2011 too much to ask for?

  • Santosh David Poonen on February 12, 2007, 6:01 GMT

    Laks, this is an excellent response by Arjunan and you! You clearly have done your homework in studying the Constitution and stripping it apart. Thanks for standing up!

    You show them... "this aggression will not stand!"

    SDP - Deeply concerned US cricketer

  • Amjad Khan on February 12, 2007, 1:46 GMT

    Having had the privilege of representing the US National team on and off for over a decade and a half, I have been closely associated with Cricket in America as well as the administrators who are supposed to run it. With the latest storm brewing, I am not at all surprised at the hegemony of the current administration.

    The only agenda the current administration has is to keep their positions in tact and maintain a status quo. At the same time, they want to prevent anyone other than themselves from getting involved with running Cricket in America.

    To achieve their nefarious designs, they have floated this grossly rigged constitution, which ensures they remain in power. If this ridiculous constitution gets passed, all that’s going to happen is that the ruffians will have a carte blanch to snuff out whatever life is left in Cricket in America.

    I strongly urge all of you to say ‘NO’ to the new constitution and at the same time work together to eliminate the disease that has afflicted Cricket in America – yes, the disease is called Gladstone Dainty!!!!

  • Justcoz on February 12, 2007, 1:12 GMT

    The ICC should just appoint a management team and get these inept idiots out of there.

  • Nafi Karim on February 11, 2007, 20:55 GMT

    ICC should give MLC the membership and take it away from USACA. They never did anything good for cricket in the US, while MLC shows intention they want to do something.

  • John Wainwright on February 11, 2007, 20:32 GMT

    I would like to thank Laks and Arjunan, as well as the other USACA officials that understand the situation and are supportive of this open letter.

    I would also like to publicly acknowledge Laks' diligence and fortitude in continuously over the years, in openly on what legitimate forums were and are available to us all in trying to make USACA a transparent and accountable organization. I am truly thankful for these continued efforts. I also believe that the USA cricket public should be grateful and acknowledge with a show of support and appreciation.

    John Wainwright

  • NY cricketer on February 11, 2007, 17:06 GMT

    Danity and his mafia... your days are numbered.

  • bodyline on February 11, 2007, 16:32 GMT

    Mr. Reddy. I am with you 100%. US Cricket needs a complete fresh start. This means purging the existing Executive board and building from the ground up. I believe if this were done as a first step, USA cricketers would be celebrating and would truly believe that US Cricket was on its way up. It would be like the Wizard of OZ, when the wicked witch of the west melts into the ground and all the people of OZ are free from her tyranny. A NO VOTE IS A VOTE FOR CHANGE AND CHANGE IS GOOD.

  • P Veman Reddy on February 11, 2007, 7:27 GMT

    Wake up America. This is the time to act and react. Your vote counts and make it count. Say "NO" to the whole illegal and unconstitutional process. It is time we stand up for what is right for the future of CRICKET in the USA. We are the voice of America.

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  • P Veman Reddy on February 11, 2007, 7:27 GMT

    Wake up America. This is the time to act and react. Your vote counts and make it count. Say "NO" to the whole illegal and unconstitutional process. It is time we stand up for what is right for the future of CRICKET in the USA. We are the voice of America.

  • bodyline on February 11, 2007, 16:32 GMT

    Mr. Reddy. I am with you 100%. US Cricket needs a complete fresh start. This means purging the existing Executive board and building from the ground up. I believe if this were done as a first step, USA cricketers would be celebrating and would truly believe that US Cricket was on its way up. It would be like the Wizard of OZ, when the wicked witch of the west melts into the ground and all the people of OZ are free from her tyranny. A NO VOTE IS A VOTE FOR CHANGE AND CHANGE IS GOOD.

  • NY cricketer on February 11, 2007, 17:06 GMT

    Danity and his mafia... your days are numbered.

  • John Wainwright on February 11, 2007, 20:32 GMT

    I would like to thank Laks and Arjunan, as well as the other USACA officials that understand the situation and are supportive of this open letter.

    I would also like to publicly acknowledge Laks' diligence and fortitude in continuously over the years, in openly on what legitimate forums were and are available to us all in trying to make USACA a transparent and accountable organization. I am truly thankful for these continued efforts. I also believe that the USA cricket public should be grateful and acknowledge with a show of support and appreciation.

    John Wainwright

  • Nafi Karim on February 11, 2007, 20:55 GMT

    ICC should give MLC the membership and take it away from USACA. They never did anything good for cricket in the US, while MLC shows intention they want to do something.

  • Justcoz on February 12, 2007, 1:12 GMT

    The ICC should just appoint a management team and get these inept idiots out of there.

  • Amjad Khan on February 12, 2007, 1:46 GMT

    Having had the privilege of representing the US National team on and off for over a decade and a half, I have been closely associated with Cricket in America as well as the administrators who are supposed to run it. With the latest storm brewing, I am not at all surprised at the hegemony of the current administration.

    The only agenda the current administration has is to keep their positions in tact and maintain a status quo. At the same time, they want to prevent anyone other than themselves from getting involved with running Cricket in America.

    To achieve their nefarious designs, they have floated this grossly rigged constitution, which ensures they remain in power. If this ridiculous constitution gets passed, all that’s going to happen is that the ruffians will have a carte blanch to snuff out whatever life is left in Cricket in America.

    I strongly urge all of you to say ‘NO’ to the new constitution and at the same time work together to eliminate the disease that has afflicted Cricket in America – yes, the disease is called Gladstone Dainty!!!!

  • Santosh David Poonen on February 12, 2007, 6:01 GMT

    Laks, this is an excellent response by Arjunan and you! You clearly have done your homework in studying the Constitution and stripping it apart. Thanks for standing up!

    You show them... "this aggression will not stand!"

    SDP - Deeply concerned US cricketer

  • Scott Cooper-Johnston on February 12, 2007, 9:18 GMT

    Will we ever see the USA in world cricket? It seems that the world's largest economy is unable to throw together an adequate executive that can bring the USA into the cricket community. Is the USA playing at the World Cup 2011 too much to ask for?

  • Texan on February 12, 2007, 16:50 GMT

    I have just one simple question. I respect Arjun E and Laks very much. We have not seen the official letter from them to the directors and executives of the USACA. Is it possible to get that letter posted her or on any other web site? The reason is not that many voting clubs get on this web site to see USACA news and I can say one thing, if you have any plans to have clubs vote No, they need to be informed individually or at least through their Presidents. I can only speak for Houston Cricket League and last night we had our annual awards dinner, but none of the club was aware about USACA Constitution Ratification or deadline or anything. As a founding member of Houston Cricket league and one time USACA Board of Director I know the people who are running USACA at present. HCL has their AGM next week and planning to elect their new Executive committee. I did remind all the clubs yesterday regarding the deadline for upcoming ratification ballot. Central West has at least 20 votes from Houston, 20 votes from Dalls-Fortworth and 8 votes from Colorado. I urge you to contact these members and let them know of your position and why should they vote No. If it's not followed up at club level then many clubs may not even send their Ratification ballots. If you need any further information on Houston league please contact me at 832-577-8357. I love cricket and I wish we have better administration. What is ICC's view on this constitution or do they stay out of it.