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ACF expresses its concerns regarding USACA's draft constitution

2017 Mar 17 by DreamCricket USA

The American Cricket Federation (ACF), which represents a swath of US cricket leagues, reviewed USACA's amended constitution for divergence with ACF's principles and with the highlights of the ICC's constitution.   In a memo that was issued to its constituents and to the wider public, the ACF expressed concerns about USACA's proposed amended constitution, especially in the context of "evident history of elements of the USACA Board attempting to retain influence."

The American Cricket Federation (ACF), which represents a swath of US cricket leagues, reviewed USACA's amended constitution for divergence with ACF's principles and with the highlights of the ICC's constitution.   In a memo that was issued to its constituents and to the wider public, the ACF expressed concerns about USACA's proposed amended constitution, especially in the context of "evident history of elements of the USACA Board attempting to retain influence."

The following concerns were raised by the ICC with the first three highlighted as 'major concerns':
  1. Three individual directors proposed by the ICC approved constitution reduced to one in the USACA draft.
  2. One league director in the constitution proposed by the ICC increased to three in the USACA draft. 
  3. Current USACA Board to run the initial elections and membership drive, not the ICC, which the ACF and the larger cricket community prefers.
  4. USACA constitution does not limit Chairperson eligibility solely to Independent Directors.  ICC approved constitution has a restriction for the first three years. 
  5. The USACA Board will contribute a USACA member to the Nominating and Governance Committee.  It also influences the choice of the Player Member.   ACF prefers that the Nominating and Governance Committee should be totally independent.
  6. ACF prefers wider joint Board authority over appointment and removal of members and chairpersons of Standing Committees and Zonal Administrations.  According to the ACF, the USACA draft constitution gives the Chairperson 'too much specific authority' over these matters.
  7. ACF believes that there should be clearly defined resignation and restrictive operating provisions applying to the current USACA Board as part of the transition. 
  8. ACF feels that the imposition of a 10/20/17 deadline on membership for voting eligibility should be removed and all verified members of US Cricket organizations should be allowed to vote in order to aid unification of cricket in the US.
  9. ACF believes that the League Director's term should be staggered.
  10. ACF would like for the Chairman to be non-voting after the first three years. This is the current ACF model.
  11. ACF suggests that Zonal Administrations should have at least 20% representation from clubs and leagues.
  12. ACF believes that the League Committee should not be confined to big regional leagues and instead rotate adequately to ensure that few dominant leagues do not impose their agendas.
ACF offered further detailed comment in its media release on the constitution and noted that the inability of the non-USACA cricketing majority to view the ICC's version of the proposed constitution which was approved by the ICC Board for presentation to USACA.