February 23, 2007

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Dainty: USA cricket will explode into life

Will Luke





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Gladstone Dainty, the USACA's president, has spoken to Martin Williamson and Will Luke in a comprehensive, wide-ranging interview. Read what he told us at Cricinfo and leave your opinions or thoughts in the comments below.

Your critics claim that under your tenure, the USACA has lurched from crisis to crisis, culminating in your suspension from the ICC. How would you respond to those attacks?
The efforts of outstanding individuals have been undermined long before my time. Political forces in and out of the organization have made bad calculations about the financial rewards of cricket in the USA.There are those who believe that it takes a few dollars to make many millions. This belief has been around for many years; it has undermined the efforts of many and drained our limited resources.

What would you consider to be your achievements?
Over the last three-and-a-half years our achievements have been many .We have:

  • Introduced Under-19 regional and national tournaments
  • Licensed Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 national tournaments
  • Won the ICC Americas regional Under-19 tournament
  • Qualified for the ICC's 2006 Under-19 World Cup
  • Won the recent ICC Americas Under-15 tournament
  • Placed 2nd at the ICC Americas WCLQ series
  • It should be noted that the ICC Americas WCLQ series included Canada and Bermuda and the average age of the team was reduced to 25.6 years.

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    Posted by Laks Sampath on (March 1, 2007, 19:02 GMT)

    Texan, your explanation and apology are accepted without any reservation. In this case you were not hiding behind anonymity like so many others do and I was able to call you and explain myself. I wish there are a few more gentlemen like you. People wonder why there is so much animosity in US Cricket. The reason is there is anonymity and people don’t think of the true nature of damage they create throwing false accusations.

    Posted by Texan on (February 28, 2007, 16:21 GMT)

    Laks, I have posted my comments on 26th and when did not see it so I posted it again yesterday. I will like to appologize to Laks Sampath for my comments regarding him in the previous mail above. I was misinformed and I falesly accused Laks on changing his tune for a possition. I am extremely sorry for those comments. I should have checked with Laks before posting it. Laks , please accept my humble appology.

    Posted by Asif on (February 26, 2007, 18:34 GMT)

    Can not blame Mr.Dainty. He is leading USACA, because we are letting him to be the leader.

    Posted by Texan on (February 25, 2007, 3:11 GMT)

    Here we go again. What kind of BS he is talking? There is not a single word of truth in what he says. It's time to wake up for all of us and write all the e-mails we can to ICC before March 1st to let them know what we feel about this illegal election. Dainty and his Gang has destroyed US cricket. What Joe O'neil and Shah said is true. Forget about USA ever going to do any good at any level as long as people like Dainty and his gang running the USACA. ICC is also to be blmed for this as they have allowed to let these guys run the show and giving them money. In the name of tournaments these people makes the trip all the time either as manager, coach or phycio. ICC should have spend some more time and money and asign a manger who can travel the country and meet the members face to face. yes we all need to raise our voice and let ICC know that if they do not take any action we all should pull out of USACA. we can spend our time and effort better to improve cricket at grass root level. Mr. Dainty your time is up and hope all leagues around USA protest by all the available means to ICC before March 1st before they take any action. If ICC does not do anything then we all should pull out from USACA. This is my personal opinion. Now what happened to Laks Sampath? He suddenly changed his tunes? I am sure he must be offered a post in new USACA board. That's nothing new for Mr. Dainty as he has done in past with so many others. Wake up my fellow cricketers we need to fight this thing together.

    Posted by dejavu on (February 24, 2007, 14:34 GMT)

    I have been looking at this whole process. Laks the director from NW did esactly what he did 3 years past. SOLD OUT to new constitution. All along he claim that this process is ilegal and when he has this chance to control the west and executive post he bails. good job laks.

    Posted by Houston on (February 24, 2007, 14:25 GMT)

    Dainty's Interview is one for the record books. He can say all this without even blinking an eyelid. USACA will get sanctions from ICC, as he did not follow their procedure. An Independent body was supposed to conduct the elections. USA is doomed.

    Posted by Ralph on (February 24, 2007, 12:43 GMT)

    OK - looks like the last third of the interview that I referred to as above as a possible sign of hope, was in fact merely hollow words. Sad really - you can see from the posts here that there are many people who care about US cricket, they just need some good central leadership.

    Posted by Paul Ward on (February 24, 2007, 7:22 GMT)

    Without a shadow of a doubt, this interview contains one of the most underwhelming and banal set of answers that I have ever read.

    Having been involved with grass roots level cricket in the Southwestern USA day in, day out for more than 15 years, I cringe every time that anyone mentions the USACA and, especially, its leadership.

    Posted by Jarrar on (February 24, 2007, 6:58 GMT)

    It is very strange. That USACA distributes an email (on feb 22nd)to all USACA members to send nominatations For USACA executives by feb 25th, an effective organization gives 3 days to find most suitable candidates for the top cricket positions in the USA. That is a true JOKE, if it is not about Dainty then why not give every one ample time to find an appropriate person ?

    Bye.

    Posted by JR on (February 24, 2007, 5:28 GMT)

    How will cricket spring to life in the future? USACA has not filed a Federal Tax Return that I can find since 21 Nov 2005. In that return they had a begining balance of $484,800 in contributions, spent $430,560. Begining fund balance was ($29,975) and at the end of the year the fund balance was ($1,905). Hey there, look at that they decressed their losses while delivering their program services. Good work USACA. What actual programs were delivered? They paid for some of the various "National" competitions expenses. Not all of the expenses incurred were covered, the shortfall was made up by generous local volunteers. Look for more shams and scams in the future. All most forgot, where is the most current Federal Tax Return Form 990? It is Public Domain Information as required by the IRS to continue as a 501 (c) 3.

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    Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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