October 1, 2007

USA

USACA accused of stalling once again

Martin Williamson

It is emerging that the review of the USA Cricket Association's constitution, which is the first and most important step towards the USA being readmitted to the international arena, is not going according to plan.

The entire review has been shrouded in mystery since it was agreed on in June, but it now seems that there have been setbacks.

Cricinfo has learned that the USACA executive has raised objections to the findings of the review committee and has, according to one source, deliberately hampered the process. Click here for the full report.

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Posted by amit on (October 4, 2007, 1:41 GMT)

USA cricket is much better than what the world thinks..The only thing stopping the world from knowing is the arrogant administrators that run the USACA.. They wanna be at all the major functions and do a lot of personal promotions... But they have no time to show what talent USA has.... It is about time that ICC completely took charge of USA cricket and got rid of the USACA cartoons....

Posted by Bouncer on (October 3, 2007, 6:09 GMT)

Forget USACA, the problem is ICC. They are entirely spineless and completely incapable of handling issues of this importance and magnitude. Look at what they have done (or not) about touring Zim, the Hair incident, etc.

The whole USACA exec trying to hold on to power thing has been going on for the last 10 years. I vividly remember a new org coming up in the mid-90s and our friends at ICC managed to bring everyone back to the table to come up with a new constitution but nothing changed. And here we are again working on a new constitution. Some things just never change...

Sometimes I wonder if we should set our expectations low for any organized cricket at the national level and simply focus on things we can control i.e. local level. At least there is still some joy in that. I hate to throw in the towel but there is only so many times you can beat your head against a wall before you realize that it isn't the smartest thing to do...

Posted by Imtiaz on (October 3, 2007, 4:31 GMT)

Why don't we fire these people who are not even ex cricketers, just people milking the system. USA has a lot of potential and loads of dinero to offer if properly done, after all it is a land of immigrants. Get rid of these group and lets built another country who will be great for the future of cricket. (just ask Direct tv and Dish network how much subscription revenue they generate in US alone)

Posted by neville greaves on (October 2, 2007, 0:26 GMT)

The entire USACA board should resign for the good of cricket in America. These group of people are disorganised.

Posted by Chris G on (October 1, 2007, 22:45 GMT)

Agreed, Cuen. Cricket is thriving in the U.S, but only at the "local" level. Something needs to be done!

Posted by Raj on (October 1, 2007, 17:11 GMT)

Please tell me something new!!!! It is a shame that some of these people want to hold onto their posts at the cost of Cricket. History is going to be harsh on some of these guys.

Posted by Cuen Lucas on (October 1, 2007, 16:22 GMT)

It's a modern mystery why the ICC continues to persevere with the USACA despite the latter being just one controversy after the next. It's about time that the world body went looking for a group who are genuinely interested in bringing USA cricket to the world as well as bringing cricket to the average American.

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Martin Williamson
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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