Interim Chairman Atul Rai: USA Cricket’s ICC funds suspended, workers and gamers charges in default

USA Cricket members have been alerted on Friday to the worrying present state of the nationwide governing physique in a letter from interim Chairman, Atul Rai.

Atul Rai addressed the membership straight for the primary time since taking up as interim Chairman of USA Cricket in mid-August, with a letter spelling out the present place of the board.

Most notably, Rai revealed that ICC funds to USA Cricket have been suspended for the third quarter, due to failures by USA Cricket to supply the “Q2 Monetary Report that was due on the finish of June 2022,” together with the minutes of the elusive “2021 AGM”.

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The letter additionally reveals that USA Cricket haven’t paid their workers or gamers for a while, and have “greater than $200,000 of pending invoices” overdue.

Rai goes on to problem USA Cricket’s cope with American Cricket Enterprises, saying “Mr. Paraag Marathe, who was the chair then, knowledgeable the Board that this was a brief settlement and that it was going to be fastened quickly. Sadly, that by no means materialized. In April 2022, USA Cricket despatched a discover to ACE asking clarifications on their investments and practices, and presently, an extended type settlement (LFA) is pending, and we are going to work in the direction of an extended type contract that’s truthful to USA Cricket and works for all events.”

In 2019, whereas serving in his first stint within the USA Cricket board, Rai was named, together with many others on the board, in a lawsuit filed by Jay Pandya’s American Cricket Premier League LLC, in an try by ACPL to cease ACE from beginning Main League Cricket. The lawsuit was finally thrown out.

Right here is Rai’s letter to members, unedited in full:

Expensive USA Cricket member,

It has been virtually two months because the 2020 elections have been lastly accomplished and I used to be appointed because the interim chairman of USA Cricket Board. I’m humbled by the mandate, and I’m actually appreciative of the help I obtained from our cricket group. Whereas I wish to assist convey in regards to the change so desperately wanted within the system, I’m additionally making an attempt to soak up the challenges that USA Cricket has thrown at me since taking over the brand new function. I consider that it’s my ethical obligation to convey some transparency to the state of affairs in USA Cricket and to maintain the stakeholders knowledgeable as we transfer ahead.

Monetary:

Quickly after assuming the workplace, we have been knowledgeable that the Q2 Monetary report that was due on the finish of June 2022, was by no means submitted!! As well as, the 2021 audited monetary report that was additionally due on June thirtieth was not submitted regardless of a number of deadline extensions supplied by ICC. The report additionally required the minutes of the 2021 AGM that was by no means performed! You could recall that the 2020 AGM was held in Could 2021!!

Consequently, ICC has suspended our third quarter funding for noncompliance. I used to be stunned and dissatisfied to study that USA Cricket has been lacking the submission deadlines for fairly a while now!!

The present money circulate state of affairs of USA Cricket is important, as we’ve got defaulted on worker salaries and USA gamers’ salaries. As well as, there have been greater than $200K of pending invoices from earlier non-budgeted expenditure that was overdue, and we’re planning for them to be paid, having paid a good portion of it already. Transferring ahead, the calendar and the funds will probably be printed in January and there will probably be no bills exterior of the funds. We are going to look to steadiness funds for 2023 and launch a number of applications with decentralized constructions to maneuver the sport ahead

Mr. Kuljit Nijjar was appointed to supervise funds of USA Cricket changing Suraj Viswanathan, who’s not on the Board. Kuljit has been making an attempt to assemble information and work with varied businesses to get the funds so as. We are going to work exhausting to have full accountability, to change into absolutely compliant with ICC necessities and restore funding.

Organizational:

The 2022 AGM is scheduled to be held on Sunday, October ninth at 6PM EST/ 3PM PST. This will probably be a web based assembly and I hope that majority of it is possible for you to to log in. If you’re not in a position to log in, we could have the recording obtainable the next day on You Tube.

Assembly minutes will probably be up to date previous to the AGM on our web site. You’ll be able to study extra at usacricket.org

The delayed 2021 elections will probably be accomplished with the election schedule deliberate for the tip of the yr. The reorganized Nominating and Governance committee shall quickly convene and begin the method of nominating certified people for impartial director positions in addition to particular person, League & Participant director’s positions, on the Board, and elections will probably be held as per quickly to be printed schedule.

Our present membership registration has gone as much as 16,000 as of September 15, which is the very best ever, due to your help! We’re engaged on simplifying the member registration course of in addition to negotiating higher insurance coverage advantages, to supply worth added membership advantages. I hope to fulfill our membership steadily by way of Zoom calls, and city corridor conferences in varied cities throughout the US.

Beginning in January, we will probably be reorganizing the varied committees and we are going to guarantee broader representations to make sure variety. Key committees such because the League Committee, Ethics & Grievance committee and Zonal Committees will probably be structured in time for the 2023 kick off.

We are going to work on a home calendar for males, girls, and the youth, with a zonal construction for 2023 and we wish to publish this early in order that individuals and employees can plan higher and extra effectively. We wish to acknowledge the volunteers who spend numerous hours of private time for Cricket. The one approach to develop the sport shifting ahead is by empowering the native and regional volunteer items and we’re dedicated to implementing this within the New yr.

Enterprise:

You could bear in mind that USA Cricket had signed a short-term settlement with the Business companions, ACE, in April 2021. Mr. Paraag Marathe, who was the chair then, knowledgeable the Board that this was a brief settlement and that it was going to be fastened quickly. Sadly, that by no means materialized. In April 2022, USA Cricket despatched a discover to ACE asking clarifications on their investments and practices, and presently, an extended type settlement (LFA) is pending, and we are going to work in the direction of an extended type contract that’s truthful to USA Cricket and works for all events.

We’re going to replace our utility course of for sanctioning of home tournaments. This must be accomplished by January.

We have now obtained a number of queries on CEO appointment and, till we convey again monetary stability, and we’re in a position to steadiness our budgets, we will be unable to maneuver ahead with any such appointments.

I’ve been partaking the ICC and Cricket West Indies (CWI), to start out a dialogue on the broader engagement and partnership for USA Cricket, on the subject of the 2024 world cup internet hosting. I strongly consider that USA Cricket must be the co-hosts for the World Cup, together with Cricket West Indies.

I’m Wanting ahead to working with you, to construct a company that’s inclusive, clear, and self-sustainable and develop this excellent sport locally

Sincerely

atul

BK Atul Rai DDS

Chair (Interim) USA Cricket

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