Expulsion of USACA is just the beginning of multi-stage process of creating a sustainable governance platform for cricket in the U.S. In the next stage, a new governing body needs to be incorporated with best-in-class governance structures.
ICC's Full Council unanimously voted to expel USACA from the organization following a two-year long suspension, USACA's third suspension since 2005.
As our readers are aware, in order to have its membership reinstated, USACA was required to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the ICC Board, that over three dozen conditions relating to governance, finance and its cricket activities have been addressed and remedied in full. The full list of reinstatement conditions can be found here.
On the first and most important reinstatement condition, which required USACA to obtain ICC approval of the content of a new constitution by October 1, 2015, USACA dragged its feet until April 2017 and then proposed a watered-down constitution to its membership that diverged
from an ICC Board approved
version that was developed by the Sustainable Foundation Advisory Group (SFAG) with input and support from the ICC, the U.S. Olympic Committee and other individuals with relevant experiences of sports governance models in the USA. On May 1, 2017, the ICC Board passed a resolution to expel USACA for consideration by the Full Council.
USACA then took the matter to the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee seeking to stop the board and full council from considering the expulsion of USACA. The arbitrator found that the ICC had acted rationally and allowed the expulsion to proceed to bring an end to any remaining procedural uncertainty. Of course, USACA has already suggested that it might take legal action. ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “We do not take the expulsion of any member lightly, but we have been through a robust two year process to reach this point with the full support of all of our members."
"We would hope that this puts a final line on the matter," Richardson said, before adding "whether they decide to take legal action is obviously their decision but we would be ready to oppose it if need be."
Expulsion of USACA is just the beginning of multi-stage process of creating a sustainable governance platform for cricket in the U.S. In the next stage, a new governing body needs to be incorporated with best-in-class governance structures. The ICC assured that all cricket activities will continue during the transition period and that the SFAG comprising representatives from across the cricketing family in the USA, will work alongside the ICC Americas team incorporating a USA project team to oversee the sport whilst a new entity is created and a Board appointed.
A new membership data base incorporating the whole cricket community in the USA will be developed which will provide the basis of the electorate that will vote for the new Board in early 2018. Individuals, clubs and leagues will be represented in the membership ensuring it is reflective of the whole sport in the USA.
In the media release, ICC noted that a transparent election process will be developed concurrently and that voting in the upcoming election will be overseen by an independent body. A Nominating and Governance Committee will also be appointed to help identify suitable Independent directors with a view to the new Board being established to run USA Cricket no later than April 2018. The new Governing Body will then need to be recognized by the ICC at next year’s Full Council meeting. A USA roadshow will be conducted to give the whole cricket community in the USA the opportunity to hear more about the plans about the future of the sport and to engage in the process.
The ICC observed that its board "exercised its discretion to allow all USA cricket teams to remain in their current positions in the various ICC event structures so players are not penalized and the sport can continue to grow and not have its development set back by a number of years."
An independent commercial agent is expected to be appointed to carry out a review of the opportunities in the USA to enable the new Governing Body to be in the best possible position to accelerate growth and development of the game when it comes into being, according to the release.