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USA Cricket: ICC Full Council ratifies USACA suspension

2016 Jul 07 by DreamCricket USA

The 53-member Full Council unanimously ratified the suspension of the USA Cricket Association (USACA) at the ICC Annual Conference that concluded in Edinburgh, Scotland on Saturday, July 2.   The ICC’s Full Council comprises 10 Full Members, 38 Associate Members and 57 Affiliate Members (who are collectively represented by five regional Affiliate Member representatives).

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By Venu Palaparthi

The 53-member Full Council unanimously ratified the suspension of the USA Cricket Association (USACA) at the ICC Annual Conference that concluded in Edinburgh, Scotland on Saturday, July 2.   The ICC’s Full Council comprises 10 Full Members, 38 Associate Members and 57 Affiliate Members (who are collectively represented by five regional Affiliate Member representatives).

The ratification step is a necessary condition for the ICC to make any future decision regarding expulsion.  

Picture (Right): ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar with outgoing ICC President Zaheer Abbas and ICC CEO David Richardson at the ICC Annual Conference at Edinburgh

Article 2.7 of the ICC Articles of Association stipulates that the "suspension must be ratified at the first Conference to be held after the service of the Suspension Notice by a Resolution proposed and passed as a Special Resolution."  USACA received a suspension notice following last annual meeting in June 2015.  

As per Article 2.6 of the ICC's Articles of Association, membership of the ICC shall cease "upon the requisite resolution being passed at Conference following a proposal notified in writing to the Chief Executive prior to 31st December in any year for consideration at Conference in the immediately following year, such proposal being made and seconded by Full Members."  

The ICC set USACA a December 15, 2016 deadline to adopt a revised governance structure that is compliant with US Olympic Committee requirements and other best practices, according to Tim Anderson, Head of Global Development, ICC.  That leaves 16 days for the ICC Chief Executive to receive a proposal (made and seconded by Full Members) for expulsion under Article 2.6.  Upon receiving that proposal, ICC can proceed with an expulsion at the next Conference.

Announcing the ratification, the ICC hinted that the status of USACA will once again come up for discussion at the ICC's October meeting.  Prior to the October meeting, the ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar will lead a delegation including Mr Dave Cameron, Mr Giles Clarke, Mr Imran Khawaja and Mr David Peever to the USA to meet with various stakeholders to help lay a "foundation for the effective development of the sport (at grass roots and international level) and implementation of a governance structure that unifies the entire cricket community in the USA.”

Calling USA an important member of the ICC with tremendous talent and potential, Manohar said: "The ICC, as part of its game and market development strategy, will continue to provide the countries with as much support as possible so that they can put in place good governance and cricket structures.

Representing the USACA at the Edinburgh conference were Executive Secretary Sankar Renganathan and USACA Board Member Akhtar Masood Syed.  In a social media post on June 26, Mr. Syed wrote: "[O]ur board is working with ICC on the way please [sic] reinstatement of the membership suspension."  

It is not clear what assurances USACA made to the ICC or how USACA plans to meet the 38 reinstatement conditions that were placed by the ICC.  USACA has been silent on the matter.  Following the conference, on July 4, Mr. Syed announced on Facebook: "As I am returning back from Scotland, the ICC Full Council Annual Conference 2016, I decided to put to pen "Cricket in the America, United States of America, in my eyes"[sic].