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November 2, 2012
Kenwyn Williams has been dismissed as executive secretary of USACA and removed as a director of the board with immediate effect.
The decision, reached after a specially called emergency meeting on November 1, comes at the end of a fortnight when Williams' increasing erratic behaviour has focussed attention of the wrong kind on US cricket.
Although Williams is able to appeal the decision it seems unlikely he will given the weight of evidence produced to support claims his actions had been against the interests of the board and US cricket.
Right to the end Williams was in a combative mood, publishing the telephone number and PIN for the board's conference call on his Twitter account. This forced USACA to change the dial-in arrangements at the last minute and Williams, despite being advised of the amended details, was not present for the teleconference.
It is now expected the board will look for alternative candidates to fill the post. These do not have to be existing board members as they are empowered to vote on someone from outside the existing structure. It seems likely this appointment will coincide with that of the new CEO later this month.
Williams refused to accept the decision and said on his Twitter account that the board's action was unconstitutional.
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