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New York Officials Grudgingly Accept Constitution Ratification

By Orin Davidson
January 16th, 2008

Clifford Hinds

With United States cricket having endured close to one year of isolation from international cricket, members of the New York fraternity have forced themselves to embrace the ratification of the new United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) constitution which has paved the way for the lifting of the world ban on the sport on America.

More from a desire to eliminate the lengthy process it took to reach this stage, some key stakeholders in the Big Apple feel that some progress is better than none, simply because they feel the ratification process is not seen as 100 percent acceptable.

One New York League president felt that among other things the process should have been handled by an independent accounting firm instead of solely by Independent Third Party official Chris Dehring.

The League president opined that Dehring, who represented the West Indies Cricket Board, as mandated by the International Cricket Council (ICC), could’ve been better utilized instead by overseeing the process, that should’ve been handled by the recognized accounting firm, to eliminate the suspicions being aired by some parties of the verification process.

He said that demands for the identity of the clubs that voted for the ratification, to be revealed and grouses over the length of time taken to have the votes counted, could’ve been avoided.

Originally, it was planned to have the results made public three days after the deadline clubs were given to submit their ballots, but the process eventually took more than a week after an extension was provided by Dehring to give all the clubs time to receive their ballots.

While describing the eventual new constitution document as decent, the League President was not entirely in favor of all the changes made, pointing out that the need to have four additional delegates to form the Regional Associations along with the League Presidents, is unnecessary.`

The four officials are to be nominated by the sitting directors, but the league president said it need not be that much, suggesting two instead to fill the provisions for youth cricket and women’s cricket.
“Nothing is wrong with having one person responsible for women’s cricket, but you only need one more for youth affairs. There is no need to have two members at large.”, he added.

The four officials along with the league presidents have power to vote to elect the eventual USACA executive.

The League President further pointed out that there is no need for two vice presidents on national body.

“If you are going to have a Chief Executive Office (CEO), the provisions for more than one vice president does not make sense,” he stated.

Clifford Hinds, the former New York director said he is relieved the process is about to be finished with, but does not accept the exclusion of clubs from the voting process.

Unlike in the past, leagues will vote to identify the USACA executive instead of clubs.

“Without clubs there will be no cricket and I think they ought to have more say in running of cricket anywhere,” Hinds stressed.

Considered one of the most committed cricket officials in New York, Hinds hopes more dedicated personnel will be had to handle cricket affairs throughout the country in the future..

“It is all good to have to a nice constitution, but you must have the people to make it work,” he added.

Emphasizing he is not considering running for any of the positions up for grabs in the national of regional bodies, Hinds urged that a formula be found to include clubs in decision making at all levels.

He also suggests that leagues include at least one youth player in their administrations.

While declining to be drawn into assessing the work of the current USACA administration, Hinds said all of the administrators who make up the national body and clubs around the country are responsible for the situation United States cricket finds itself in presently. “They are the ones responsible for the present USACA executive being in place and are accountable for everything that is happening now.”

The constitution was ratified by a vote of 97 for and 34 against by clubs last week, paving the way for the staging of the USACA elections that are to be held 30 days after passing.

Of 600 odd registered clubs only 27 percent voted while a small number was rejected due to irregularities.

The world ruling body International Cricket Council (ICC) has mandated the staging of the elections before considering lifting the ban on the United States, it imposed in March 2007.
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