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The ongoing infighting inside Canadian cricket rumbles on with news the Ontario Cricket Association has suspended six players - Cecil Pervez, Durrand Sorraine, Junaid Siddiqui, Rustam Bhatti, Zameer Zahir and Khusroo Wadia
“The above players have been suspended for failing to respond to a show-cause notice sent to them by the OCA requestiong an explanation for their conduct in the recently held National Championships in Ontario,” a statement from the OCA said. “The suspension of the above players makes them ineligible to represent Ontario. The above players having failed to respond to the show-cause notice, will however have the opportunity to appeal their suspensions.”
The OCA ran into trouble with the Canadian board (CC) when its nominated team for the national interprovincial tournament was not accepted because of a dispute between factions within the OCA. CC picked a representative side instead.
The OCA in turn is refusing to recognise the CC board. “We don’t recognise the committee,” OCA chief Mike Kendall said. “They have no jurisdiction to put Ontario cricket through an inquiry and have us respond to their charges. You can’t just slap together a few allegations and on that basis come in and take over our jurisdiction, which is what has happened with the selection of the Ontario team.”
Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and AfricaFeeds: Martin Williamson
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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.