May 24, 2007

USA

Hope grows of US breakthrough

Martin Williamson

Ken Gordon, the chief executive of the West Indies Cricket Board, has agreed to meet with the two sides battling for control of US cricket in a bid to find an end to the row which has seen the USA suspended from the ICC.

The two factions - the USA Cricket Association, led by Gladstone Dainty, and the regional league presidents - have been asked to come together in Washington on the weekend of June 9-10.

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Posted by Thailand Country Cricketer on (May 29, 2007, 14:55 GMT)

This must be correct. If the ICC allows this replacment, they will need to have all hands on deck to look into other members boards as to see how corrupt and incompetent they are as well....right down to the minnows such as Thailand where the same person has had a stranglehold on cricket for so long and even when in last November, losing an election which that person had organised himself, he refuses to budge and let the people who want to help, HELP!.

Posted by American Cricketer on (May 25, 2007, 17:16 GMT)

We went through this before with the USACA and USCF. The WICB and ICC came here for a long series of meetings with both parties but they knew what they wanted before they even got here. The ICC/WICB will ALWAYS support the USACA. The ICC will not allow anything else and the WICB will support the ICC to the hilt. Why? The ICC does not want to see a member board, regardless of how incompetent and corrupt, be replaced by any other organization since this will set, for them, a dangerous precedent. It means that other incompetent regimes, from the West Indies to Kenya, will be at risk. The WIBC has no desire to see anything but the status quo continue in the USA.

Posted by Daniel on (May 25, 2007, 13:48 GMT)

I'm a bit concerned about Ken Gordan's involvement, if he has trouble managing West Indian cricket (contract disputes etc.) will he be able to bring a positive influence to US cricket?

Posted by Nafi Karim on (May 25, 2007, 1:32 GMT)

It would be good to see all the conflicts resolved and both sides working together for the better of cricket in the US.

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Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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