OCA Media Release
The Ontario Cricket Association (OCA) today instructed its solicitors to initiate legal action against Cricket Canada (CC). Among the reasons, the most prominent included a range of issues that OCA is entitled to as fully paid up member of CC. They are:
1. Team Selection for the currently on going National Championships.
OCA the representative member of CC from Ontario was not allowed to enter its team into the currently on going National Championships being held in Ontario. As a fully paid up member in good standing, the OCA, like other provincial associations, has the privilege of entering its team in the National Championships. The denial of this privilege has further accentuated reputational and cricket development challenges posed by CC and the conduct of its executives, to cricket in Ontario.
2. Sponsorship Issues:
By virtue of its membership of CC, the OCA continues to suffer financially due to the conduct of CC executives pertaining to the recent departure of CC’s national sponsor Scotiabank.
3. Obstruction of Cricket development Programs:
The OCA cricket development programs have been routinely obstructed by CC in the province of Ontario. This includes routine bypassing of OCA in ALL matters ranging from hosting tournaments in Ontario, appointing a selector, negotiations with potential sponsors for various programs ranging from schools to international cricket.
These matters have been communicated on multiple occasions in the course of personal meetings and in writing. The performance of CC in EVERY arena is testament to its growing unprofessional conduct. With approx. 30 international matches having been lost in the calender year 2010, loss of major corporate sponsor with no prospect on the horizon, considering approx. 80 percent of cricket is played in Ontario, the biggest impact of the CC’s behaviour is being felt in Ontario.
The OCA at this point is left with NO OPTION and based on a resolution of its Board of Directors, is regretably having to initiate legal action against CC.