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By Orin Davidson
March 31st, 2008
New York cricket fans and those from throughout the rest of the United States can now breathe easier.

WICB president Julian Hunte.

The country’s cricket is now free from the shackles of suspension and has been reinstated with immediate effect following the successful staging of United States of America Cricket association (USACA) executive elections last Saturday in New York.

West Indies Cricket Board President Julian Hunte, on whose recommendation the reinstatement hinged, made the disclosure to this writer following the elections on Saturday at the La Guardia Crowne Plaza Hotel.

“We have already taken steps at the ICC ( International Cricket Council ) with the elections running smoothly without any problems, would automatically reinstate USACA as an Associate member.” Hunte was referring to the recent ICC members meeting held in Dubai.

“Coming from me as the President of WICB on the basis of what had happened here and in my discussions with Chris Dehring, the independent third party, USACA has been reinstated as an Associate member and will participate in the (ICC) tournaments as they come,” he said adding “We took the decision that should these elections be free and fair and above board and that everything went well”.

It means that the United States senior team would be allowed to compete in the 2011 World Cup qualifying competition scheduled for later this year and the three day Regional ICC competition, which it all missed last year.

The junior team would also compete Americas Cup and regain a chance to qualify for the Under-19 World Cup after missing out last year.

Incumbent Gladstone Dainty won the USACA presidency for the third time, defeating Ram Varadarajan of the New Innings slate by 18 votes to 15. Nabeel Ahmed was retained as first vice president while Munaff Mohamed is the second vice president.

John Aaron is the new treasurer and John Thickett, the new treasurer.
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