In another significant milestone for cricket in the United States and following a unanimous recommendation of the Sustainable Foundation Advisory Group (SFAG), a Nominating and Governance Committee (NGC) was announced on April 12th.
In another significant milestone for cricket in the United States and following a unanimous recommendation of the Sustainable Foundation Advisory Group (SFAG), a Nominating and Governance Committee (NGC) was announced on April 12th. The four-person committee will be primarily responsible for identifying and recommending three independent directors of the USA Cricket Board.
The committee comprises experts with a diverse range of backgrounds from both within and outside cricket and are universally recognized leaders who collectively bring together significant knowledge and independence to this critically important role.
The members of the Nominating and Governance Committee are:
– Amy Perko is the CEO, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. During Perko’s tenure, the NCAA has adopted a number of the Knight Commission recommendations. The most prominent of these actions include requiring teams to be on track to graduate 50 percent of their players to be eligible for postseason championships; reducing athletic time demands on college athletes and revising its revenue distribution to include incentives for academic outcomes. The Knight Commission recommended all of these actions in its June 2010 report — “Restoring the Balance: Dollars, Values and the Future of College Sports.” Perko is a recognized leader on college sports issues. In January 2012, she received the NCAA’s prestigious Silver Anniversary Award, which is given to six former college athletes on the occasion of their 25th anniversary from college participation in recognition of their civic and professional contributions. In 2015, she was named a “Game Changer” by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal.
– Rohan Chandran is a former Hong Kong U19 captain with 25 years of cricket administration experience. Chandran was among the original `six IRC users who listened to cricket commentary and transcribed that to the #cricket channel on IRC, an effort that eventually became what we know today as Cricinfo. A graduate of Stanford University, Chandran has over 15 years of experience in technology and product oriented businesses.
– Keith Aaron is an engineering executive with 30 years of cricket administration experience in New York. He is a former captain of the Guyana U19 team (Guyana Colts), which played against the touring English Test team in 1968.
– ICC Chief Executive played 42 Tests and 122 One Day Internationals as a wicket-keeper for South Africa. A qualified lawyer, Richardson became an cricket executive post-retirement.
The three independent directors that the NGC is charged with finding – at least one of whom must be female – should not have held any cricket governance or administration roles for at least the past three years.
This composition will ensure a balance of constituent and non-constituent Directors and will enable USA Cricket to recruit skill sets and backgrounds to complement those of the seven other constituent directors who will be elected by the registered individuals, clubs and leagues in due course.
The NGC will also lead the election process of the inaugural Board of Directors of USA Cricket and will be vetting all candidates for compliance against the criteria set out in the USA Cricket Constitution.
Dr. Vince Adams, a SFAG Member, commented on the appointment of the NGC. “The appointment of ICC Chief Executive, Mr. Richardson represents the ICC’s continued commitment to the growth of cricket in the United States – something the SFAG has been eager to maintain. His experience along with the skills and expertise of Mr. Aaron, Ms. Perko and Mr. Chandran ensure the NGC will play an extremely important role in identifying the right Independent Directors to work alongside the elected Members to take USA Cricket forward for many years to come.”
ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson said: “This is another positive step forward in USA Cricket’s journey under the guidance of the Sustainable Foundation Advisory Group on the pathway set out under the USA Cricket Constitution that was approved in December 2017.”
To be eligible to vote in the initial election that will select the Board, prospective Members must join USA Cricket by 11:59pm ET, 24 April 2018. Initial Membership is free and will come with many benefits that will increase over time, and includes; voting for the Board of Directors, insurance coverage for both individuals and clubs, zonal programs, CricClubs competition management platform access, educational resources, best practice sharing and more.
Source: USA Cricket