USA cricket September 28, 2011

Gladstone Dainty moves to silence USACA oppponents

ESPNcricinfo staff

John Aaron has been suspended as the secretary of the USA Cricket Association by Gladstone Dainty, the board's controversial president, for what Dainty claimed were "comments damaging to the good standing and well-being of USACA".

In a move which brings into the open the battle between Dainty and those seeking to make him accountable, he claimed he had consulted "many of the USACA board members", he told Aaron he was suspending him "immediately and indefinitely".

Aaron has been openly challenging Dainty over many aspects of the way he runs USACA in the wake of cancelled elections, the failure to replace Don Lockerbie, who Dainty sacked as CEO ten months ago, and a complete failure to communicate with factions of the board opposed to his actions as president. Dainty unilaterally cancelled a board meeting called by Aaron last weekend, even though it had been arranged in accordance with the constitution. The board has not met face-to-face for ten months.

Aaron replied to Dainty that his action was "without basis and merit and is unconstitutional, and it impinges upon my right of free speech … in addition your reference to "consultation with many of the USACA board members," is also unfounded and unsubstantiated, and at best refers to a minority".

The ICC, which has twice suspended the USA from international competition while Dainty has been in charge, has yet to comment, but it is likely it will be watching the unfolding events with increasing concern.

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  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    I do not think that Dainty has the constitutional right to suspend an officer elected by the Leagues Presidents. If John Aaron was doing things that are detrimental to cricket and USACA, as Dainty claimed, then he should have been sent a letter of warning to desist.

    Dainty's job is to chair the board. Yes, as the president he oversees that the policies and programs agreed upon by the board are carried out. But he does not have the authority to suspend a board member. This action should come from a majority of the board, meeting and voting on such action.

    The president claimed that he "consulted many USACA board members". This statement suggests that the idea for the suspension came from him, so he followed up by "consulting many board members". Was it a majority vote of the board members?

    No where in the constitution I see that the president can suspend a board member by 'consulting many UUSACA board members".

    Mr. President, you've got this all wrong.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    At least ban certain members of the USACA. It's so sad to see something like this. Cricket's a tiny minority sport in the USA, and it will remain that way whilst it's used as a plaything by people seemingly only interested in filling their pockets.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    time to ban USACA again?

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