American cricket is gaining a strong foothold in its administrative future after a final constitution got accepted for USA Cricket.
A new governing body was taking over after United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) was expelled at this year’s International Cricket Council’s (ICC) annual conference.
“This is an extremely important development and I would like to thank the Advisory Group for their enormous contribution to the development of this Constitution. They have led a process that has been incredibly thorough, and we think they have developed a best practice Constitution that gives the new national governing body in the USA the best possible chance of success.” ICC Chief Dave Richardson stated in a press release.
The structure of the constitution was cleared not long after USACA was debarred and contains many of the guidelines which got rejected by USACA which made ICC voted them out in June, as the board representing the USA as an Associate Member. It includes term limits for board members, three independent directors, athlete representatives on the board and an independent chairman. Any amendments to the constitution will need two-thirds majority from the wider membership.
A new guideline revealed by the ICC’s sustainable foundation advisory group is that the same person cannot stand for multiple positions on the board. The event occurred multiple times at USACA elections, including one instance in which Kenwyn Williams ran for president, vice president, and executive secretary. Eventually, Williams won a spot as executive secretary in 2012 but lasted less than a year in the role.
As per the constitution, voting eligibility has fairly liberal guidelines taking into the consideration the fact that a major portion of the cricket-playing community are non-citizens. Voting in elections is open to anyone who is a US citizen, permanent resident or a lawful resident. However, board members have to be either US citizens or permanent residents, also known as green card holders.
“This is an excellent constitution that reflects the diversity and strength of the USA cricket community. Of course, cricket operates in a dynamic environment and we have built-in mechanisms that enable the constitution to evolve with the growth of the game in the USA under the leadership of the future directors and the membership,” said Jagan Jagannathan, a member of the sustainable foundation advisory group.
The election process of USA’s new board is expected to take place in January next year, with the board seated by April.