January 30, 2009

Canada

Cricket Canada plunged into crisis

Martin Williamson

Cricket Canada has been thrown into confusion after the announcement that chief executive Atul Ahuja had been replaced on an interim basis by Ingleton Liburd, the cricket development officer and a former national captain.

Rumours had been circulating for two days that Ahuja had been dismissed following a major falling out with Ben Sennick, the board’s chairman. Other than a terse statement which made almost no reference to Ahuja other than to say he was being replaced, nobody from Cricket Canada was available for comment.

Liburd does not appear to be a long-term option for a board which still harbours ambitions of expanding the game internally and becoming a major player among the Associates internationally. Prior to joining Cricket Canada in 2008, he served as president of the St. Kitts Cricket Association and as a territorial development officer for the West Indies Cricket Board.

"Ingleton has a tremendous knowledge of the game of cricket and has demonstrated his leadership skills throughout his association with the game”, Sennik said. “On behalf of the Cricket Canada board of directors, we are pleased to have Ingleton as a key part of our team as we continue to enhance cricket’s appeal across Canada at the professional and community levels.”

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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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