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Aaron, Prashad Sweep Top New York Posts

By Orin Davidson
Jan. 29, 2008
Popular administrators John Aaron and Kris Prashad will lead New York cricket into the new era of administrative development when they were confirmed to the two top positions here following elections last Sunday evening.

They will lead the New York Cricket Board as mandated by the recently ratified new constitution of the national governing body, the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA).

Aaron was an easy winner for Chairman of the Board while Prasad narrowly won the right to become the first New York Representative to USACA.

Prashad squeezed past Carlyle Miller in a two- man contest by one vote as the six New York League presidents and three new Board members, made a difficult decision to eliminate the latter from high level involvement in New York cricket, at least for the next three years.

Miller was the sitting New York Director up to the day of elections when the position became redundant as required by the new USACA constitution. In its place the Regions affiliated to USACA are to be administered by Boards headed by a chairman and the Representative to the national ruling body.

Prashad, a former president of the Eastern American Cricket Association League, was considered Miller’s de facto assistant in a steering committee, since the latter was elected Director in 2005. Miller was also a powerful member on the USACA Board as a result of his status as New York Director.

But as a result of his defeat, he no longer has as any affiliation on the Board through his New York affiliation until the next elections in three year’s time.

Aaron, the current EACA President breezed by Jeffrey Morrishaw, his main contender in the battle for New York Chairman by a 6-3 margin. As a result he will have to relinquish position as EACA president.

The constitution which also requires four additional New York Board members along with the League presidents, resulted in the Clifford Hinds, Roy Sweeney, Godfrey Mitchell and Venelda Wallace winning selection.

Hinds, a surprise appointee, considering he had expressed no interest in serving in any official capacity on the Board, will be responsible for youth affairs and Wallace will serve as the women’s representative, as per constitution

Sweeney and Mitchell will be Board members at large.

The presidents of the EACA, Brooklyn, Metropolitan, New York, American and Nassau Leagues comprised the electorate and were eligible to partake in the voting process which determined the Chairman and USACA Representative and the four additional members.

However, the Commonwealth League was deemed ineligible to participate in the elections for non payment of affiliation money to USACA.

There was some measure of disagreement among the other league members and Miller on the issue early in Sunday’s meeting but it was left unresolved.

The Commonwealth League is the biggest in New York with a reported membership of 69 clubs.
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