By Sham Ali
HE SPRINKLED A FEW DROPS OF HOLY WATER ON THE NOW ILLEGITIMATE USACA BOARD AND GAVE THEM HIS BLESSINGS TO THE TUNE OF “SOME SORT OF GRACE PERIOD.” THAT CEREMONY WAS PERFORMED BY THE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR THE AMERICAS, MARTIN VIEIRA, EVEN AS THE THREE YEAR TERM OF OFFICE FOR THE USACA BODY, AS PER THE ELECTORAL CYCLE, EXPIRED SINCE MARCH 8, 2011. SO WHAT! WHAT CAN YOU GUYS IN THE US CRICKET COMMUNITY DO EH, WHAT? WHAT CAN YOU DO? That’s seems to be the attitude of the ‘good old boys club’ and that’s a lot a guts – no pun intended, a lot a guts!

Martin Vieira, ICC Americas Regional Development Manager. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

And through all of the dodges the defunct USACA has wrapped itself in the hollowness weaved into article XXI of the constitution and seemingly found temporary shelter in an entangled process that unfortunately appeared to have the blessings of the International Cricket Council Regional  Development  Manager for the  Americas, MARTIN VIEIRA. As a result, the executive body shall ‘gracefully’ stay for a little longer to make the beds up, maybe shred some material, and perhaps sweep the house clean of any suspicious activity while a few of them run to India with hat in hand to, perhaps beg for money, and maybe take a plunge in the sacred Ganges. Who knows, your guess is as good as any.

If it is a case where the USACA’s leadership is in India begging for money after they allegedly ‘USED’ UP THE 600, 000+++ dollars that was in the firm grip of their hands, then the USACA leadership could not have engaged in a more demeaning act of pan-handling that will further embarrass and bury the soul of US CRICKET. The HOPE is that they may return with “nuff paisa” in bag’ so that they can perhaps buy themselves another term on the USACA BOARD. Caution, there is a runaway train loaded with nuff stone.

There appears to be the notion among these men though, that once you are in control, and once you have managed to fracture the cricket fraternity in every region and set them against each other, you will be in a position to do whatever you desire because you belong. So instead of showing a tidbit of regard for the United States cricket fraternity and some for the constitution, the association sneaked behind the wall of the November due date for elections.

Any decent leadership would recognize that their term ended on March 29, 2011, and they would, in good conscience, schedule their elections before then. Perhaps between January and March so as to give the new executive body enough time for a smooth transition and assume their responsibility at the stroke of midnight on MARCH 29. But no, NOT THE USACA, they dance to the beat of their own tune and guess what…to a few notes from the ICC’S RDM, MISTER MARTIN VIEIRA.

Here are some extracts of what Martin Vieira said to Sam Sooppersaud and was posted on the web site ondriveupdate. [The entire text of the emails appear at the end of this article].

Article XXI: Section 4 does state that the candidate “shall serve in the respective capacity for a period of three (3) years” and I assume the reason for your concern of holding these elections by March 31, 2011 when this current term expires. However please read Article XXI Section ii “Elections shall be held no later than November 30 of each electoral year. This Article gives the Association some sort of a “grace period” and as such there appears to be no breach of the constitution at this time.”

Mr. ROCKET SCIENTIST, Maybe NOT at this this TIME, but maybe THIS TIME TOMORROW March 30, 2011!

Hi Martin,
How are you? Could you like please tell us where in the world the due date for election is like after election term has ended?

Don’t quote like USACA, and like Milosevic, Mugabe, Gaddafi etc, please not those guys, not those countries; you know like you are a smart man, so like country like yours, wherever that is.

Oh Thanks.

Furthermore, Martin Vieira was quite cunning to point out that:
“Matters concerning Governance issues are not part of her portfolio (Kelly Hunter). Mr. Matthew Kennedy is longer with the ICC and the email address has not been active for over a year. You might want to delete these should you have any further communication in the future..”

“On the issue of USACA holding elections due in March, we do have on file the Constitution”. [nice move there Martin, how shrewd]…

and Mr. Vieira again:

“I believe it is available to the general public off the USACA website as well.”

What utter nonsense is that! You do not have a copy of the USACA CONSTITUTION, Mr. RDM?  It is no wonder you are leaving out parts of it, like the very next few words in the Article XXI which you referenced, and which says “CONSISTENT WITH THE ELECTORAL CYCLE.”  And THEN…you BELIEVE it is on the website. It is either on, or not. What kind of an office are you running, Underdevelopment for Dummies 101? Surely the ICC can do better than you in their office.

Martin Vieira further added:
“Freedom of the press sir, does not give you or any budding journalists the right to twist my words to suit one’s agenda.”

WELL MISTER INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR THE AMERICAS, MARTIN VIERA, at least Professor Sam Sooppersaud was dignified in his query, and did not stoop to your vitriolic diatribe in addressing his ability and effort.  MISTER INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR THE AMERICAS, MARTIN VIEIRA, listen carefully SIR, there is nothing budding about exposing the truth and the mess over which you have presided for some time. And NOW you show the gall to say you see nothing wrong with the process ‘there appears to be no breach of the constitution at this time.’ Did you see anything wrong the last two times when USACA was suspended under your watch?  Well, to use your words, freedom of the press, Sir, does not give a ‘budding puppet’ RDM the right to quote HALF TRUTHS to button-up one’s agenda.

And here you go again:
“I am totally disgusted at your suggestion that I am changing the USACA constitution when I was merely telling you that Article XXI states that the election must take place no later than November 30 of the electoral year.”

You are disgusted Mr. RDM? What about? Maybe you are short-fused perhaps by your failure to do right by US Cricket, and the inability to execute some of the ‘old’ traits? Well multiply that disgust about ten folds and you will be pleasantly informed that we are sick to the stomach of your incompetence (renditions and execution) as the RDM.  How is it that as soon as you guys at the top open your mouth, your foot ends up right inside.

And you went on even further to state that ‘This will be my last communication with you on this or any other matter.’

Wow! that sounds like remnants of the old colonial tongue mentality admonishing the men in the trenches on the sugar plantations. Maybe its still alive and well, and irremovably embedded in the psyche of some. When you speak, we listen, like it or not.

AAH HELLOOO, Surprise! This is the 21st century in America Mr. VIEIRA. Oh, how times have changed. Now you have to shut up even if you don’t want to and take your place in the MUM cage while we continue to speak the truth.

So listen, Mr. Vieira, FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST, THANK GOD ALMIGHTY, WE ARE FREE AT LAST- MLK.

That will haunt you while you rest, knowing that we have a voice now!

And that is the sadness of it all, sometimes we allowed ourselves to be dragged in the small world of the RDM and USACA and get caught up in the rhetoric. But then we are reminded that such calamity is often the stepping stone to a brave mind and we will not be distracted from the pressing issues; the USACA’s mockery of the election cycle, the unconstitutionality of such actions, and the precedence it sets.

We will continue to bring to the fore ramifications of the matter as it relates to United States cricket and will not be silenced. After a few drinks, about five healthy ones, let’s say, the election will be held in October 2011, then the electoral cycle will end in October 2014. Now the USACA has less grace period according to the rocket scientist. Laughing yet?

Then the next election can go as far as October 31, which is jumbie day – Halloween (less BS), and then November 30, XXXX. Then consistent with the constitution, the electoral cycle ends on November 30 XXXX and so on.

It is fair to conclude that based on the current administration’s interpretation of the constitution and that of the RDM, Mr. Martin Vieira, they will hold their elections at the stroke of midnight on November 30, XXXX, and as morning arrives on December 1, XXXX, all is well, no damn grace. See, you run from the Jumbie and end up in the grave. GO FIGURE!

Shouldn’t the due date for election be before the electoral cycle ends so that the new administration will have some time for a smooth transition?  SOON YOU WILL BE FORCED TO HOLD ELECTIONS JUST BEFORE THE CYCLE ENDS. BUT NO, YOU CANNOT SEE THAT IN 2011 MR RDM, BECAUSE YOUR BUDDIES, THE UASCA, NEEDS TIME (some sort of grace period which you fabricated) TO PERHAPS ACCOMPLISH THAT WHICH IS IN THEIR BAG OF TRICKS AS THE HOLDINGS COMPANY SALARY POSITIONS ARE UP FOR GRABS. That you couldn’t decipher in 2011, or maybe, just maybe, you are afraid to speak the truth when it comes to USACA’s affairs under your incompetent and irresponsible umbrella.

So why do we need a REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR THE AMERICAS, MARTIN VIERA, sitting somewhere in Canada with a pair of binoculars looking at the USACA?  It is difficult to fathom that you would develop anything under the current USACA leadership, unless you are buddies with them, or maybe you are just one of their puppets. How convenient that you were there when the USACA was suspended, twice!  My bad, as they say in America. The man in the street is so right: you guys at the top just sexed up the cricket in the United States, over and over again.

TEXT OF EMAILS EXCHANGED BETWEEN MARTIN VIEIRA AND SAM SOOPPERSAUD
From: SAMNARAIN SOOPERSAUD [mailto:ssamrajs@verizon.net]
Sent: March-04-11 11:38 AM
To: martin.vieira@iccamericas.ca; matthew.kennedy@icc-cricket.com; haroon.lorgat@icc-cricket.com; manager@cricamericas.com; kelly.hunter@iccamericas.m
Subject: Fw: Elections should take place in March says Nabeel Ahmed
Sirs/Madam
I am a journalist who writes solely on cricket in the USA . I have been involved in cricket in this country since 1969.
Presently there is widespread dissatisfaction with the manner in which the present USACA Board is going about managing our cricket.  Total dissatisfaction.

Elections for Board members are due in March this year but USACA has refused to set a date for such elections. The last elections were held on March 29, 2008. The term for elected Board members is three (3) years. This is a month from now.  It is rumored that USACA will schedule its elections for November. This is inconsistent with the USACA Constitution.

We were once suspended from ICC over elections issues in the past. I would not like this to reoccur. I ask that you use your office to advise USACA that they should confirm to the USACA Constitution.

Attached is an [article] by Nabeel Ahmed, former 1st VP of USACA.

From: Martin Vieira <martin.vieira@iccamericas.ca>
To: SAMNARAIN SOOPERSAUD <ssamrajs@verizon.net>
Sent: Tue, March 8, 2011 10:55:22 AM
Subject: RE: Elections should take place in March says Nabeel Ahmed
Dear Mr. Soopersaud ,
This is to acknowledge receipt of your email regarding the USACA elections.

Before I respond direct to it’s contents please note the following, Kelly Hunter is our regional project officer and as such deals with the logistics and planning of events and tournaments. Matters concerning Governance issues are not part of her portfolio. Mr. Matthew Kennedy is longer with the ICC and the email address manager@iccamericas.com  has not been active for over a year. You might want to delete these should you have any further communication in the future.

On the issue of USACA holding elections due in March, we do have on file the Constitution ( I believe it is available to the general public off the USACA website as well )

Article XXI: Section 4 does state that the candidate “shall serve in the respective capacity for a period of three (3) years” and I assume the reason for your concern of holding these elections by March 31, 2011 when this current term expires. However please read Article  XXI Section ii “ Elections shall be held no later than November 30 of each electoral year. This Article gives the Association some sort of a “grace period” and as such there appears to be no breach of the constitution at this time.

You will note from Mr Nabeel Ahmed’s letter that while expressing a preference for USACA to hold the elections now he does indicate that there could be a provision in the constitution to allow the elections to be held at a later date. (November). This is a correct assumption by him.

Based on the Article mentioned there would seem to be no inconsistency with the USACA constitution on this issue at this time as your email suggests.

I trust the above has clarified this matter and thank you for pointing it out to us.
Regards
Martin Vieira
ICC Americas , Regional Development Manager
3 Concorde Gate, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario M3C 3N7 , Canada
(T) 416-426-7312   (F) 416-426-7172
(E) martin.vieira@iccamericas.ca
www.iccamericas.com

Mr Vieira
I must inform you that you are completely wrong in saying that USACA has a “grace period” to hold elections. No where in the Constitution is a “grace period” mentioned and you cannot arbitrarily and selectively put one in.

You quoted ARTICLE XX1 Section ii to support your erroneous interpretation of the Constitution. You quoted ” Elections shall be held no later that November 30 of the electoral year”  but you conveniently omitted to complete the entire context of the section which continues as follows: ” consistent with the electoral cycle”.

The electoral cycle, my dear Sir, is three (3) years from March 29, 2008.  I am forwarding your reply to me, and this email to Mr.Haroon Lorgat. I (we) want to know how the ICC body feels about your changing the USACA Constitution (extending the term of office of elected officers by eight (8) months) with a mere declaration. There is a procedure to change any constitution and I am quite sure you are aware of this process.
Regards.
Sam Sooppersaud

Mr Soopersaud
I am totally disgusted at your suggestion that I am changing the USACA constitution when I was merely telling you that Article XXI states that the election must take place no later than November 30 of the electoral year.  Freedom of the press sir, does not give you or any budding journalists the right to twist my words to suit one’s agenda.

This will be my last communication with you on this or any other matter.
Martin Vieira

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1 Comment

  1. League Pres says:

    Having read all the attacks towards USACA, not many are really aware how difficult it is to administer
    cricket in the world today. Here are a few things to ponder:
    1. USACA is not the only board struggling to gain credible footing in world cricket, and that
    goes for both associate / international teams. In fact if you’re running cricket matters and
    it’s in India, you’re spared at least for now. Every other cricketing board across the globe
    are facing monumental challenges. USACA IS NO EXCEPTION!
    2. Under USACA’s watch we been able to take the level of US cricket and participation to a
    higher state than it was , let’s say 15 years ago. We’ve been involved in many associate
    tournaments both at the senior / junior stage. In fact the US under our watch has played 2
    ODI. We’ve competed with the best at our level and apart from Afghanistan & Ireland, we
    can give a very account of ourselves. Ask the Canadians, the Bermudians, the Italians and
    you’ll get the sense that US cricket has commanded a great deal of respect. You don’t hear
    that from the ‘NY writers’.
    3. Funds have always been the issues around the globe, you guys quoting figures don’t know
    the whole story, and we reserve the right to share inside information, especially on
    financial matters to so- called writers. Nationally for arguments sake, how much
    administering can $600.000 do today.
    4. How come you never had the guts to complain and expose the various league presidents
    for voting in Dainty and company over and over again, starting with your president who
    has given his league support repeatedly to Dainty. So start at home please.
    5. My friends, the ICC has been pleased so far with the work done by the ICC Americas
    Development Team for some years now and our great work have always received
    encouragement. Try writing now to the ICC.
    Under our watch,US cricket can get better. Everyone has the best plan for cricket in America,
    but darker days could be ahead without this present USACA body. Running cricket in this part
    of the world is unlike the experience in Guyana, India, Pakistan, England! That my dear friends
    you guys don’t get: It’s not rocket-science! Vote us in, vote us out: