In these final three months, Khwaja has gone from being a provisional occupant of the chair to an “aspirant” to that very chair at the same time as the remaining of the cricket world (learn: ICC’s full members) tries and scratches its head to determine the rise of the 64-yr-previous Singapore nationwide.
It is throughout these identical three months that the ICC continued to postpone conferences after conferences (of the board) and refused to take a name on the election course of earlier than sending out a press release on September 12 that 18th (six days later) was the deadline for “nominations of potential candidates to be made by current board directors.”
Shockingly, whereas the ICC gave lower than every week for nominations to be filed, the election itself – the governing physique stated – can be held in early December.
While the cricket fraternity continues to wrap this round its head and marvel what the ICC has been as much as, there’s been one other story of disproportionate problems taking part in out.
The ICC had talked about on its web site – till September 12, 2020 – that Khwaja was a consultant of the Singapore Cricket Association (SCA). The identical day, the SCA – in an interview with TOI – stated: “Khwaja has had no contact with the SCA since 2016 and therefore had no backing to represent Singapore as the Associate Member director at the ICC”.
TOI reported the identical on September 13, following which the ICC eliminated “Singapore Cricket Association” from subsequent to Khwaja’s identify on the web site. Further, in an official communication, the ICC insisted that the “Associate member representative can be a former or a current director”, in an effort to counsel that Khwaja might proceed to be on the ICC regardless of SCA’s candidature.
On September 15, TOI requested ICC CEO Manu Sawhney and the organisation’s communications head Claire Furlong to reply these particular questions: A) Where is it talked about within the ICC structure that the Deputy Chairman may be impartial? (Please share the precise clause from the structure); B) Where is it talked about within the ICC structure that the Associate Member consultant could be a former or present director? (Please share the precise clause / article from the structure).
It’s been 33 days and counting and there’s been no reply from the ICC but.
TOI additionally requested the ICC why the governing physique made adjustments to its web site inside 48 hours of the September 13 story on Khwaja and why was ‘Singapore Cricket Association’ faraway from subsequent to Khwaja’s identify on the web site web page itemizing out the board’s construction. Screenshots of the identical have been additionally shared with Sawhney’s workplace. It’s been greater than a month and there’s been no response but (see screenshots).
The ICC continues to insist that “to be an Associate Member Director, an individual must be a representative of an Associate Member or a current or former Director of the ICC”. However, it refuses to share the precise clause within the structure mentioning the identical.
This lack of readability persists at the same time as Khwaja tries to work his manner as much as the chair that can decide the destiny of international cricket over the following few years, at the same time as the game tries to avoid wasting itself from the wrath of a raging pandemic.
“It’s all very well to advocate that representatives from lesser-known countries (in the cricket circuit) should be elevated to positions of power so that there’s a balance in administration. But to do that without any lack of clarity over a certain individual got there in the first place is not at all healthy. There are people in the ICC busy reflecting on how Khwaja can raise his hand for the ICC chairperson’s position. But, shouldn’t the same ICC explain how Khwaja was elected as an Associate Member representative?” says a board member.
TOI despatched the ICC reminders within the final one month to hunt a solution to the emailed questions and there was no reply.
There are those that strongly imagine that if cricket’s international administration doesn’t set its priorities so as, the after-results of the pandemic might stretch issues from dangerous to worse for the sport’s economics. “For once, politics need to be kept aside in the larger interest of the game,” say observers.