June 7, 2012

USA

Same old wall of silence from USACA

Martin Williamson

It is almost two months since the USA Cricket Association’s elections – enough has been said about those and the rows about the way they were conducted crumbles on – but, true to form, USACA has resumed the complete media shutdown which has been its hallmark for a number of years.

Any hopes the new regime – well, the old regime but with a mandate – would be more open have been forlorn. The association’s website is close to being moribund and no officials seem willing to break cover.

And new secretary Kenwyn Williams, whose views he himself liberally distributed in the run-up to the elections, made clear the way things would be on the eve of the vote.

“I am going to be in charge of public relations and any and all information coming out of USACA will be coming from my desk,” he said. “No reporter with a past of writing biased articles without fair rebuttal will be allowed to speak to any USACA player, coach, manager or administrator without my clearance and permission.”

Given that fair rebuttal is impossible as board officials ignore almost all attempts to contact them, Williams has in effect set out his mission statement to carry on regardless.

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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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