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USACA considers next steps as attacks continue

Martin Williamson

October 31, 2012

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The USA Cricket Association has moved to distance itself from suspended executive secretary Kenwyn Williams, with a spokesman telling ESPNcricinfo that Williams "no longer has the rights to represent the association".

Williams' future will be discussed at the USACA AGM in Florida on November 10 but the spokesman said the board may bring this forward in view of what was described as "ongoing unprofessional and non-compliant behaviour".

Williams has continued to attack individuals on the board, journalists and even the ICC on social media outlets. At the weekend Williams sent a long and rambling letter to the ICC, again on headed paper claiming to act as the board's executive secretary, outlining his case and making a series of unfounded professional allegations against senior board officials.

On Monday USACA's lawyers replied stressing that Williams "does not and cannot speak" for the board and referred to his posting of "offensive materials [and] disparaging and defamatory letters" and sending out of notices to USACA members without authority.

The ICC has confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that this is a matter for USACA to resolve internally.

"He is suspended and no longer has a role in US cricket," the spokesman said, adding that much of what Williams was posting contained "serious factual inaccuracies". He added Williams' leaking of private board business contravened agreements on confidentially which binds all board members.

"If he continues to do this we will consider all options," the spokesman concluded.

While Williams' position within USACA long ago became untenable, it now seems he risks being prosecuted by the board if he does not desist from his attacks. It is also believed some of those he has libelled are considering taking private legal action against him, something that could prove embarrassing given Williams works for a major New York law firm as a paralegal where, in his own words, he is "respected for my level of expertise and professionalism".

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by Punjin on (October 31, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Nothing unusual about ICC responce.. when will it realize that USACA is disfunctional and needs to be disbanned.

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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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