By Sam Sooppersaud
I have just received a call from a source in Florida that the West Coast region of the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) may be split into two regions. This news coming out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where the Executive Board of USACA is meeting, in person, for the first time within the past eight months.
One of the hot topics for discussion at this meeting is the West Coast Region problem. Let me briefly state the scenario. The WC Region has recalled its representative Raj Padhi, to the USACA Board, because he was accused of impropriety, and was put on temporary suspension by that region’s administration. They appointed Dr. Gangaram Singh to fill in as their representative. President Dainty has continuously refused to honor the WC region’s wishes.
At the Board meeting in Florida both Raj Padhi and Dr. Singh showed up. Dainty refused to recognize Dr. Singh as the WC Representative. Dr. Singh insisted that he was the legitimate representative. He remained at the meeting. Dainty informed him that he is not wanted (welcomed) at the meeting and that he should leave the meeting room. The chairman called in hotel security to have Dr. Singh forcibly removed from the meeting room. Singh told him that it was not his meeting; it was the Board’s meeting and if they insisted then and only then, he would leave. DAINTY BACKED DOWN.
A discussion was held among the members of the Board – Dr. Singh was not part of this discussion, however, Raj Padhi was. It was decided that Dr. Singh will be allowed to sit in the meeting room, not in the meeting itself. He had no say on what took place. The situation in the WC region was bisected and dissected, scrutinized and analyzed. There were distinctly two factions among the Directors. Dainty’s cronies were Directors Glasgow, Jeddy, Masood, Javed, and the recalled WC Rep. Padhi. Arguing for the ‘right thing to be done” were Directors Aaron, Giles, Thickett, Manaf, and Prasad. (I wonder what would have been the dilemma had Nabeel Ahmed not resigned).
Two things were agreed upon by the Board that directly addressed the West Coast Region’s impasse. Firstly, the WC region will be split in to two regions: the North West Region and the South West Region. (The WC Region was asking for this split for a long while now). Secondly, a committee was appointed to look into the accusation of sexual harassment leveled against Director Raj Padhi. Strangely enough, Raj Padhi, who is the subject of the investigation, was allowed to be among the ones making the appointment. This is in direct conflict of interest. My argument is that if Raj Padhi was allowed to sit in, then the young lady making the accusation, Sandra Ibarra, should have been allowed to be part of the meeting, also. To compound this embarrassment by the Board, one of the committee members appointed is the wife of a league president who supports Raj Padhi. (Wonder how she would vote!).
Now we just wait and see what else will unfold. But one thing is clear. Dainty is manipulating the Board meeting to put through his agenda. He has his “yes-men” at his disposal. This reminds me of a commercial I saw on television. There was a management meeting going on. A proposal was put forward to which each person was asked what he thinks of the idea. The chairman asked one participant, “Dave, what do you think”. His answered,” I don’t think, I just say ‘yes’ “.
The cricketing public will be served if the Directors will let me know if the information furnished by my source is accurate. I invite you, gentlemen, to tell the facts!
Well, now. Keep tuned in for another episode of “The Sag of USACA.”
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