January 26, 2009

USA

Dainty upbeat about USA's future

Martin Williamson

Gladstone Dainty, the president of the USACA, told the association’s annual general meeting in New York that there was no truth the ICC were reviewing the operation of USACA and that there was any question of another suspension.

Dainty, speaking under the watchful eyes of Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, and IS Bindra, the ICC’s special advisor, insisted the the ICC was “happy we are all getting along” and that there was a general air of stability.

Behind the scenes, the ICC are believed to be increasingly concerned that almost one year after the implementation of a new constitution and fresh elections, the post of chief executive remains unfilled.

Dainty, however, said that the ICC appreciated that the process could not be hurried and that 41 applications had been received of which 20 were considered to be credible. Five had been asked to interview and the appointment would be announced after that.

The question of how the full-time CEO would be paid for also arose, with John Thickett, the USACA treasurer, admitting organisation was far from well off. The post would be covered from increased ICC funding and other local initiatives.

Thickett added that third parties had approached USACA with a view to staging international matches in the USA and these proposals were being examined.

Speaking on behalf of the ICC, Martin Viera, the Americas development officer, called on the US to up its expansion of the game as it compared unfavourably with Canada and Bermuda. He concluded by urging USACA to explore non-ICC funding options including government and corporate funding.

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Posted by Michael on (January 27, 2009, 1:18 GMT)

Seems like the Obama factor needs to make its way into US cricket...

Posted by Speechless Lecturer on (January 26, 2009, 17:50 GMT)

Someone please let inefficent Dainty know that www.usaca.org, the US national cricketing website, is down for at least last 10 days. I can't stress this enough...We Need Change!!

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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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