Give The Constitution A Safe Passage
By Orin Davidson
Just when the cricket fraternity was lulled into a sense of
security, relative to improvement in the affairs of United
States cricket, feelings of a return to the dark days of the
past are upon us once again.
The Centrix arrangement seems potentially beneficial in a
big way for years to come and our senior and junior teams
are making everyone proud performance-wise, but it seems all
of those 2006 highlights could amount to nothing with the
looming confrontation between clubs and the United States
of America Cricket Association (USACA).
All along one was given the impression that the clubs’
approval of USACA’s new constitution was automatic.
Not so now apparently.
According to a Cricinfo website report, deep feelings of resentment
is welling up among the representatives of the 600-odd clubs
“One regional president made his views clear. “There
are a number of so called clubs that are nothing but bogus
clubs. I challenge this administration to conduct a through
independent audit of all clubs in all regions to see if they
really play cricket or if certain individuals chose to pay
$30 per club time eight per League (i.e. $240 per year) to
ensure they have enough leagues and enough clubs to vote,
“ the website reported.
Well this actually is not fresh news. For the longest while
cricket officials around the country have been working around
and with clubs that were nothing more names in existence.
And to make it to a problem now, would be a steep departure
from the norm, which however, should not be condoned, but
cannot be eradicated overnight.
The report added. “Cynics claim it is little more than
an exercise in manipulation. Each of the regions will elect
a representative to the USACA board, to gain control of the
regions and you effectively run the USACA. The new clubs may
well decide whether the current regime is allowed to carry
on or not.”
Again this is nothing new either. But it gives the impression
that the Dainty administration was not on top of the situation
in the run-up to dispersing the constitution for approval.
As things stand now, the administration’s enactment
of the document seems in jeopardy which means United States
cricket could face another spell in the doldrums.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has already made its
position clear where the elections are concerned. They have
to be held by the end of March 2007, failing which all ties
will be severed.
This is a situation we endured and recovered from within the
last two years, but can ill afford again, not now or ever
in the future.
It is why the enactment of the constitution means so much
to the future of this country’s cricket future.
Regardless of the imperfections inherent among clubs presently,
this is not the time for us to bicker and cast vindictiveness
to wreck the entire process.
All of the grouses have to be forgotten now and left to be
sorted out at a later date.
We have to think about the young stars in waiting —
the Gregory Sewdials, Akeem Dodsons, Andre Kirtons, Karan
Ganesh and all the other exciting young talent spread across
the land from Florida to California, would be wasted with
another ICC ban.
Not to mention the Susil Nadkarnies and Rashard Marshals already
ensconced in the senior squad.
These youngsters deserve the support of we the adults to take
our cricket to its desired place among the world’s best
However, it will not happen if some of us cannot see the big
picture and derail the constitution’s passage just for
the sake of vindictiveness.
The future is in our hands. And now is no better time for
us to show the type of maturity we are all capable of.
We have no choice other than giving the constitution a safe
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