USA news March 27, 2014

USACA chief Darren Beazley resigns


USA Cricket Association chief executive Darren Beazley has resigned after just 14 months in the role. USACA announced in a press release on Tuesday that Beazley was stepping down in order to return to his native Australia where he will take up a position as the chief executive of Swimming Western Australia.

Beazley's initial contract was for three years, but his tenure was six months shorter than his predecessor Don Lockerbie, who lasted 20 months before being fired in November 2010 for reasons USACA has never stated.

"I wish all involved with US cricket the very best for the future and look forward to watching the progress of the sport in the coming years at all levels," Beazley said.

Sources have indicated that the lack of support from the USACA board of directors to implement sweeping governance changes to USACA's administrative structure played a role in his seeking to leave USACA and return to Australia. Beazley went on a nationwide tour in October 2013 along with ICC global development manager Tim Anderson to campaign for support to back recommendations from an independent governance review by TSE Consulting.

Key recommendations from the review were to reduce the size of the current USACA board, cut their power in half and give that 50% to independent directors. There were also recommendations for establishing term limits for board members, redefine membership categories and introduce athlete representation on the board.

However, a decision was taken at USACA's AGM in November to postpone any move to implement the changes. Instead, a governance implementation committee was announced with any changes being delayed until at least the summer of 2014.

Beazley's resignation also comes in the wake of damning financial data made public last month that USACA was more than $3 million in debt at the end of the 2012 tax year. The returns showed a 47% decline in membership revenue from 2011 as member leagues revolted after the controversial 2012 USACA elections in which 32 out of 47 member leagues were disenfranchised.

USACA is also under increasing pressure from the American Cricket Federationn (ACF), which was formed in the wake of the 2012 election. Many member leagues have defected for the ACF including the largest league in America, New York's Commonwealth Cricket League.

Beazley had strong ties with Anderson and ICC top brass in Dubai but his departure may be the last straw for USACA in a series of administrative missteps. USA now faces the very real threat of a third administrative suspension by the ICC in the last decade.

Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo's USA correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Faisal on March 28, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Sad to C you go....when is ICC going to realize that USACA is not the answer..give ACF a try...they have held more tournaments and camps in one year of existance then the entire 20+ years of USACA....come on this is a no brainer....

  • Sri on March 28, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Subcontinental and Caribbean politics imported into the US is holding this game back so much that its very disheartening to see people who are trying to help being forced away. Its also pretty sad to see keyboard warriors almost wish that USA never plays cricket. At the end of the day, being able to share my culture and cricket here is something I long to do and there are several people here who try the same thing. There is bottleneck politics but make no mistake. There is tremendous passion, albeit at the immigrant level for now. The game shall live on, endure this and keep rising. Dont count us out!!!!

  • Vikram on March 28, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    The cricketing world let out a collective 'meh'.

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    A gem of an individual who has tried his best to make things better for the game to flourish in U.S.A. It is disappointing to see him go, but share his empathy that its like trying to win a race with your legs tied.

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    Why is this a surprise? Been there done that....... Dementors that consume the emotions and good memories.

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    I honestly think that Beazley could have made a difference and the recommendations above all made sense. When you take into account that there are 47 leagues in the States, there really is massive scope to be competitive internationally at least at the Associate level for now. Alas, USACA have shown once again that the board is more concerned with individual power and politics than real development. It's a shame and the ICC have given them more than enough chances. Maybe a change of sanctioned governing body ...?

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    I am surprised he stuck around this long.

  • Amit on March 27, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    When will Gladstone Dainty resign?

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    Surely a sad day for US Cricket. Darren was doing a wonderful job in my opinion...I'm not sure if he was "allowed" to do things to his fullest potential.

    Wish him the very best...

    Is this the beginning of the obvious?

  • Samir on March 27, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    the US will never make it to international cricket. they are too occupied with mlb and nfl. All they can do is be an assoiate nation for the next 100 years to come. In other words there is no passion in the US for cricket and without it no matter what you do, how much money you have , its not going to make it. THE END.....

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