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USACA dismisses maverick secretary

Martin Williamson

November 2, 2012

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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.

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 USACA on (November 3, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

Good for USACA. The new administration looks strong with Dainty John Michael and Rafey. Just need a sensible Exec Secretary. I heard Rafey is working on new website that would better than Aus and BCCI.

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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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