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Following the national election on Friday, the President of USACA reportedly announced
the appointment of Nabeel Ahmed as acting CEO adding that the board
would move quickly to make it a permanent appointment. This was also
broadcast via a newly established USACA Twitter feed, which has since
Ahmed is the founder of Michigan based Great Lakes Cricket Conference
and has played a key role in promoting cricket in his region over three
decades. A successful businessman, Mr. Ahmed was also the First Vice President of USACA until he resigned in November of 2010.
his resignation, he launched his campaign for President of USACA but by
the start of the year, his campaign faded out, prompting rumors that he
may have entered into an electoral pact.
At the time of his
resignation, Mr. Ahmed wrote, "There has been some improvement in the
last two years but USACA should have been more organised with effective
leadership. The whole system has to be revisited; the favours have to
stop. Everybody has to be selected on merit. I have watched the system
very closely and I exactly know what USA cricket community and
stakeholders need and are looking for."
"We need to start electing right people starting from clubs to leagues to regions and eventually the USACA board," he added.
In the context of an election in his own region, Mr. Ahmed wrote: "My
mission is very clear and that is to take cricket to next level in this
country through pure democratic process, fairness, accountability,
selection at merit, equality through all the regions, respect for member
at all the levels."
In the end, the leadership change he championed did not come true as a majority of the incumbents were reelected. The 'pure democratic process' he strongly advocated also proved elusive.
However, as CEO, Mr. Ahmed may still be able to make good on one part of
the promise he made. "Change in US cricket is coming and we are going
to make it the best cricket market and cricket playing country. The old
US cricket politics are over. We don't have time for negativity, we need
to change gear and prosper."