USA Cricket has a slate of 12,732 eligible members, but a lawsuit, pending in the courts, means their voting rights are still up in the air.
USA Cricket’s general election continues to be delayed, as the governance issues that plagued cricket in the United States during the USACA days resurface. USA Cricket has been in control for less than four years, but already the elections which were due to take place no later than December 2020 have been postponed until at least March 2022. They could be further delayed beyond that.
Former USA Cricket board member Atul Rai, who served as league manager from 2018 to 2020 but is now standing as one of four candidates for the post of club manager currently held by Ajith Bhaskar, called on board members whose terms were set to end in 2020 to “resign with immediate effect and not attend any further meetings related to USA Cricket.” Specifically, Rai’s request is for three board members: Bhaskar, Individual Director Suraj Viswanathan, and Elite Player Director Nadia Gruny. In the absence of elections, all three continued to serve on the council for over a year beyond their intended terms.
USA Cricket’s club eligibility lists make no mention of the voting status of clubs in five leagues which collectively have 89 clubs eligible to vote among 1,462 legitimately registered members.
A point of contention concerns the clubs’ voting eligibility lists announced by the board of directors. According to its own data, USA Cricket declared 397 clubs eligible, which meet the constitutional threshold of 12 members per club to be able to vote for the club. However, ESPNcricinfo’s own review of membership data indicates that there are 542 clubs that meet the threshold of 12 members per club. USA Cricket’s club eligibility lists make no mention of the voting status of clubs in five leagues – Colorado Cricket League, Commonwealth Cricket League (NY), Kerala Cricket League (NY), NY Bangladeshi Cricket League and New York Tennis Ball Cricket League – which collectively have 89 clubs eligible to vote out of 1462 legitimately registered members.
Regardless of this, the data on voting members in the elections reflects the changing trends in the growth of cricket in the United States. Prior to USA Cricket’s first elections in 2018, the Midwest Cricket Conference was the largest affiliated member league with over 400 registered players among the approximately 5,500 members. However, the most recently released data from USA Cricket shows that the league with both the most clubs and the largest individual member base in the country is now North Carolina’s Triangle Cricket League. The TCL has 1,153 registered members with USA Cricket, including 53 clubs eligible to vote and 137 clubs in total.
Peter Della Penna is the US correspondent for ESPNcricinfo @PeterDellaPenna