Confusion over progress towards a new constitution September 18, 2007

The deafening silence worries US stakeholders

Cricinfo staff
It has been three months since a breakthrough in the row which led to the USA's suspension from international cricket was announced, and yet nobody is aware what - if any - progress has been made

It is almost three months since the various factions fighting for control of cricket in the USA met in Washington and, with Ken Gordon, at the time the chairman of the West Indies Cricket Association, mediating, thrashed out a deal to broker a solution.

The main agreement was that an independent panel would review the much-criticised new constitution and once that had been agreed on, fresh elections would follow by the end of the year. A natural follow-on from that would be the ICC readmitting the US to the international fold.

But, as with anything involving the USA Cricket Association, there has been silence ever since. In fairness, one of the conditions of the agreement was that things would not be chewed over in public, but nevertheless, it has been impossible to find out anything that has been happening.

It was expected that the constitution review would be completed by now and that the fresh document would be circulated to stakeholders for their perusal. However, after three months of an uneasy peace, reports are starting to circulate that all is not well.

One regional director flagged his concerns last week, complaining that he had not seen the new draft constitution nor heard any plans when they would be able to vote on it. "It starts to raise suspicions that again the USACA is looking to fudge the issue," he told Cricinfo.

Late last week rumours started to circulate that Gladstone Dainty, the embattled USACA president, was stalling. Dainty is blamed for most things, and while he is to blame for much of the current mess, there are many other culprits.

What will worry the Reconciliation Committee is that there are signs that people are again considering breaking away from the USACA, and this unrest will grow unless there is seen to be progress soon.

While there may well be behind-the-scenes progress, what is abundantly clear is that the USACA cannot continue to operate under a shroud of complete secrecy and expect people to trust it. And whatever the agreement was last June, all parties to it have an obligation to keep the long-suffering stakeholders inside the country in the loop.

If people's worst suspicions are realised and the USACA executive are stalling, then nobody will be left in any doubt that their motives are entirely selfish. It has to be hoped that this judgment proves unfounded, but history is not on their side.

The deadline for national elections is the end of November. In June that was six months away and there was no immediate rush. Half that period has elapsed and, as far as the stakeholders are concerned, there has been no progress. Time is running out.

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  • G_B_Tiede on September 20, 2007, 20:59 GMT

    It was a huge mistake to agree not to air the discussion publicly. How are America's cricketers to know what's going on? The proposed constitution had problems with representation and with consolidation of power in appointed, not elected administrators. The vote to ratify it did not conform to the constitution then, and now, in force. Now, once again, the alarm goes out when it may already be too late. I begin to think that aggressively disciplining USACA is the only path to progress.

  • TexanCricketer on September 18, 2007, 21:06 GMT

    Well silenceand secrecy are the key ingrediants of current USACA Executives. Nothing will change and nothing will be different after many months of efforts by dedicated people from Reconciliation Commision. ICC is just not doing enough. Just take over USACA and run it thru an appointed Executive from somewhere else in the World. Dainty is using his various connections in West Indies to stall the process. Ban Dainty and his Gang for Life from ICC sponsored activities.

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