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 remainder of the cricket world (learn: ICC’s full members) tries and scratches its head to determine the rise of the 64-year-old Singapore nationwide.
It’s throughout these similar 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 an announcement on September 12 that 18th (six days later) was the deadline for “nominations of potential candidates to be made by present board administrators.”
Shockingly, whereas the ICC gave lower than per week for nominations to be filed, the election itself – the governing physique stated – can be held in early December.
Whereas 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 issues enjoying out.
The ICC had talked about on its web site – till September 12, 2020 – that Khwaja was a consultant of the Singapore Cricket Affiliation (SCA). The identical day, the SCA – in an interview with TOI – stated: “Khwaja has had no contact with the SCA since 2016 and subsequently had no backing to signify Singapore because the Affiliate Member director on the ICC”.
TOI reported the identical on September 13, following which the ICC eliminated “Singapore Cricket Affiliation” from subsequent to Khwaja’s identify on the web site. Additional, in an official communication, the ICC insisted that the “Affiliate member consultant is usually a former or a present director”, in an effort to recommend that Khwaja may proceed to be on the ICC no matter 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) The place is it talked about within the ICC structure that the Deputy Chairman could be unbiased? (Please share the precise clause from the structure); B) The place is it talked about within the ICC structure that the Affiliate Member consultant is usually 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 modifications to its web site inside 48 hours of the September 13 story on Khwaja and why was ‘Singapore Cricket Affiliation’ 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 Affiliate Member Director, a person have to be a consultant of an Affiliate Member or a present or former Director of the ICC”. Nonetheless, 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 method as much as the chair that can decide the destiny of world cricket over the subsequent few years, at the same time as the game tries to save lots of itself from the wrath of a raging pandemic.
“It’s all very properly to advocate that representatives from lesser-known nations (within the cricket circuit) must be elevated to positions of energy in order that there’s a steadiness in administration. However to try this with none lack of readability over a sure particular person obtained there within the first place is by no means wholesome. There are folks within the ICC busy reflecting on how Khwaja can elevate his hand for the ICC chairperson’s place. However, shouldn’t the identical ICC clarify how Khwaja was elected as an Affiliate Member consultant?” 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 consider that if cricket’s international administration doesn’t set its priorities so as, the after-effects of the pandemic may stretch issues from unhealthy to worse for the sport’s economics. “For as soon as, politics have to be saved apart within the bigger curiosity of the sport,” say observers.