Canada news February 23, 2009

Sennik under pressure after a second resignation

Cricinfo staff

Attempts by Cricket Canada to gloss over the sudden removal of Atul Ahuja as chief executive at the end of January have been blown away by the resignation of Mike Kendall as the board's first vice-president.

Ben Sennik, the chairman, had brushed aside suggestions that Ahuja's departure came about because of fundamental differences between the two of them, but in a brief statement Kendall made clear that was at the root of his decision.

In a one-paragraph letter to Sennik, he wrote: "Due to consistently substantial difference of opinion, on important policy matters and the direction of Cricket Canada under your leadership, I am hereby resigning … effective immediately."

Whereas Ahuja has kept below the radar since he left, probably because of contractual obligations, Kendall, who was in a non-paid role, will have no such restrictions, and Sennik now faces some tough questions as to what is really going on behind the scenes.