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The bickering and confusion that has been a hallmark of much of US cricket in recent years continues to undermine attempts to bring the structure of the game onto a professional footing. The squabbling within the Atlantic Region following the decision not to issue the results of elections in July is another example of the dysfunctional state of affairs.
On July 26 elections were held and within 24 hours an email from Sheldon Ellis, the coordinator, said the votes had been collated, but instead of the results being released soon after, Sheldon Mollineau, the outgoing secretary, took a decision to withhold them.
Ellis stated that he had been called by Gladstone Dainty, the controversial president of the USA Cricket Association, who had instructed him not to release the results. Ellis, who is claimed to be very unhappy, said that if the matter was not resolved he would nevertheless send the results to the secretary of the region.
Seven leagues with the Atlantic Region requested Ellis to release the results to the secretary, which he did on August 3. But Mollineau, rather than forward them as expected, simply sat on them, citing Dainty’s request as the reason.
According to Dreamcricket.com, Sheldon Glasgow, the outgoing chairman, and Mollineau were both under pressure in the elections with a real threat they could be voted out of office.
Whatever happens and even if the results are released soon, this is yet another example of the often woefully unprofessional way the USA Cricket Association under the auspices of Dainty continues to administer the national game.
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.