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An American Cricketer's Lament
by DreamCricket USA
Oct 17, 2012

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To supporters around the world:

Please accept my apology on behalf of the American cricket community. A few things were written by a person who may be thought of as representing me, an American cricketer.  Things that I am not proud of.  

Attacks on the fourth estate that appeared on the official Facebook channel of USACA are not only deplorable, they do not have the support of most American cricketers. The comments about grassroots volunteers, whatever the provocation, I find unacceptable.

I am one of many American cricketers who finds the entire episode embarrassing. On behalf of others like me, the silent majority of cricketers in this country, I apologize unequivocally to those that were targeted and to the many supporters of American cricket that have expressed concern. 

As American cricketers, we care about our standing in the world of cricket and about the values that are so integral to cricket. Ours is a gentlemen's sport and every American cricketer I know of wants to be seen as a torch bearer of that tradition in a somewhat hostile land.

I am not suggesting at all that the person that launched the tirade had no cricketers backing him. The Executive Secretary is charged with conducting official correspondence on behalf of the board. And five days after the tirade began, USACA is still silent on this issue.   Also, in strictly an electoral sense, this man won the election by a landslide. Ten of the 15 leagues representing at least a few thousand cricketers thought he was the best man for the job of Executive Secretary. To my knowledge, none of those leagues have spoken up so far.

I write on behalf of the greater majority that did not vote. My league is one of the 30 odd leagues, representing two-thirds of all cricketers, that were not allowed to vote. We also never got a fair hearing following our disqualification.  A bad democracy begets bad leaders.

My league was among the twelve that signed an expression of support to the American Cricket Federation - an umbrella organization that has demonstrated an authentic and fair-minded approach in the mission to preserve cricket's values.   This organization has filled a vacuum for us after the cricketing fabric in our region was destroyed by USACA.

The American Cricket Federation  has not espoused any political ambitions to replace USACA.  Yet, in my region, we are constantly reminded by those that are part of the USACA clique that the ICC and NZC remain on USACA's side. They tell us that we should be prepared for backlash.   These are people who want us to just suffer in silence and go about our cricket without any hope of democractic representation. I have heard of tribal courts where the tribe's elders support the powerful rapists and the rape victim is told to suffer in silence. Such a system is alive and well in USA. 

Like all other ugliness we have witnessed in USA cricket, I suspect the Facebook episode will gradually die down. There are already rumors that USACA might suspend the man. It is not like he got along famously with some of his colleagues anyway, going by the article that caused the maelstrom. But I would not wait with bated breath for USACA to introspect.

So while I apologize on behalf of American cricketers for the embarassment caused by an elected representative of USA cricket, I also lament the plight of the silent majority who he never represented to begin with.

Our national board continues to operate an illusion of a democracy. If the ICC and NZC do not examine the underlying issue critically, they too will undoubtedly be embarrassed. 

[An American Cricketer]

 
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