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USACA forms governance implementation committee

Peter Della Penna

November 23, 2013

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The USA Cricket Association postponed any immediate action on remodeling its governance structure at last weekend's AGM and has instead opted to form a committee to review and explore the implementation of recommendations on governance from a report submitted earlier this year. USACA chief executive Darren Beazley had been pushing for changes to take place by the end of 2013, but a USACA press release stated that it might take till the summer of 2014 for any of the recommendations to be approved by the board and its members.

Beazley had spent much of the summer championing a number of recommendations from the governance review done by TSE Consulting, which was funded by a grant from the ICC. He visited administrative leaders around the country from the eight regions of the USACA in October and was joined for part of his tour by ICC global development manager Tim Anderson on a mission to convince stakeholders to support and approve the measures.

A key recommendation from the TSE report included changing the power structure of the USACA to reduce the size of the current USACA board, cut their power in half and give 50% of it to independent directors. Among the other recommendations were to establish term limits for board members, redefine membership categories and introduce athlete representation into the board.

However, rather than moving to take a vote to approve the measures at the USACA AGM on November 16 in Florida, the USACA press release issued late on November 22 said that a governance implementation committee will be formed to attempt to install the measures following up from the governance review committee which dealt with the TSE report prior to the AGM.

"The USACA governance review committee has worked hard over the past year," USACA president Gladstone Dainty said in the release. "We now have several recommendations and themes that will be invaluable in charting a new direction for cricket in this country which is a tremendous positive for the sport. The board of USACA is committed to evolve. We understand that in order for cricket to achieve its ambitious goals outlined in the USACA Strategic Plan 2014-16, the manner in which the game is administered must build on the strong foundation we have and step forward.

"Further, now is the time to form a governance implementation committee to take good governance practices and implement them at USACA. Some of the changes can be implemented by the board and others will require constitutional changes."

The dates for next year's USACA national championship were also finalised for August 21-24 at a new multi-million dollar turf-wicket facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. It will be the first USACA national tournament held since 2011.

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Posted by BruceBaskin on (November 26, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

I have little hope that USACA will do anything to implement anything ICC suggests because USACA is a semi-political fiefdom with little genuine interest in growing cricket in America. It's all about power with them. The ICC would do better to start working with the ACF with the eventual goal of making THEM the caretakers of the sport here. USACA has been an utter failure for years.

By the way, Parth, soccer is considered a "British sport" and it's done just fine in the USA. It might be worthwhile to study how soccer first grew at the grass-roots level and try emulating that with cricket. Casting aspersions on Americans while continuing to hide the game from us isn't going to build cricket here, but that seems to be the present-day formula. Continued good luck with that.

Posted by On-Drive on (November 24, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Hmm...governance implementation committee to review recommendations. Who is in that committee? probably the very same guys who don't want the changes such as term limits. Nothing is going to happen.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

"Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts .. perhaps, the fear of a loss of power."(Steinbeck)

Posted by   on (November 23, 2013, 23:57 GMT)

To be honest ICC should forget about Usa team or expectations of cricket out of it. majority of the population do not even know what cricket is. I have been living in the states for years and every single person i have asked thinks that its either a communist game or a game that you play with flat bat.That's it and moreover it's a british sport and Americans hate british. No doubt you will be able to come up with a national team comprising of players immigrated to Usa from india pakistan or whatever country it maybe. But not original Americans. Playing for another country other than your own does not make the game anymore diversed if thats what ICC's goal is.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

Nothing will happen here. Sad, Beazley must have put in a lot of effort into this, but any energy spent on hoping the USACA regime will function better or differently is simply energy wasted. Turkeys won't vote for Christmas.

Posted by Jonah58 on (November 23, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

i'm intrigued here the ICC want the USCA board to consist of 50% independent directors and yet it point blank refused to implement any independent or transparent leadership for its-self. Complete double standards here. I do believe however that USACA and the ACF need to start working together rather than as individual and competing organisations.

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