January 3, 2008

USA

The roaring silence

Martin Williamson

Three days have passed since the extended deadline expired on voting to approve the new USA Cricket Association constitution. We were promised a result on December 27 but Chris Dehring, the independent third party overseeing the process, agreed to a four-day extension after claims that some voting forms were sent out late.

The hope was that the dawning of a new era would mean an end to the USACA’s dismissive approach to stakeholders and the media. Sadly, the deadline has come and gone and the USACA remains silent. Let’s hope this is not a sign of things to come, but it’s not a promising start.

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Posted by Arjun Chaudhuri on (January 8, 2008, 6:38 GMT)

Things definitely don’t sound good for US cricket. Not many ICC Associate nations have fared well enough to qualify for an ICC Champions Trophy, as the USA did for the 2004 edition of the ‘mini world cup’. But since then, US cricket has made little news—definitely not regarding a positive development. It is strange that cricket administration is an odd man out in USA, which is generally characterized by efficiency and professionalism.

Posted by Giovanni C. on (January 6, 2008, 2:06 GMT)

I don't have an answer for you, but perhaps lobbying the ICC may be a start. If you make enough noise(to the ICC), permission may be given to start a U.S.A. cricket association, I don't know the exact circumstances, but it sounds like the good 'ole U.S. of A. is unwilling to join a sporting body that they are not in control of & not extremely compeditive at - just like anything else. Perhaps they just don't understand the game or feel "a game just takes to darn long". Regards G.C.

Posted by Hammad Siddiqi, Cincinnati Ohio on (January 3, 2008, 21:41 GMT)

Did we expect anything else? what has USA Cricket done in the past that makes us believe things would be different.

The burning question for me is; Who the hell died and put these guys in charge? how are they the last word on Cricket in America?

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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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