Robbing Peter to pay Paul - as the song goes 'When
will they ever learn'. (Jon Harris)
Ron Fanfair has quoted the Canadian Cricket Association (CCA)
President as saying that "Canada has accepted an invitation
to the Red Stripe Bowl to be held in October in Jamaica and
Antigua.". Edwards is further quoted as saying that "We will
have to find some funds from somewhere for the Red Stripe Bowl
team," which Share's editor suggested was "hinting that funds
put aside for the tournament had to be used to send a youth team
to the West Indies Under-19 series in Guyana.".
Now let me see, didn't the ICC write something recently to
Edwards. Ah yes, I seem to have read somewhere that the recently
resigned Andrew Eade stated, in the 'Eade edict', that he was "firmly
of the opinion that until there is a substantial change in the
style of the current administration of the Canada Cricket
Association there is little chance of the Canada developing
The Eade 'edict' was written on June 23, 2003. Two months
latter we are seeing the same old management style. It is the much
repeated practice of robbing Peter in order to pay Paul. For the
benefit of our cricket friends in Quebec, that might be expressed
as Plus ça change, plus ça la même chose.
In my opinion the 'style' the Eade 'edict' was recognizing was
that of 'the lack of planning'. As we have so often been
advised by another loyal friend of Canadian cricket, "a failure to
plan is a plan to fail". Yes indeed.
I am sure that Ron Fanfare, as a very experienced journalist,
will have understood the hinting nuance of "We will have to find
some funds from somewhere". Let me be emphatic. THAT IS NOT A
May I suggest a plan for the current administrators of Canadian
1. Get the damn books to an auditor.
2. Pay off the debts.
3. Develop a business plan.
4 Seek the voluntary assistance of experts in various fields
of administration who abound in the Canadian cricket community.
5 Follow the Eade 'edict' to the letter, and get a bloody move
on as there are only 4 months left.
I HAVE A DREAM ... or should that be AM I DREAMING?
For the benefit of the Canadian cricket community, (shhsss ....
the administrators are taking a long nap), the Eade 'edict' is
reproduced in point form.
1. The "lack of direction and governance within the Canada
Cricket Association over the last 12 months".
2. The "visit of the ICC High Performance Manager to Toronto
..... was a total waste of time'.
3. "the CCA Executive had no planning whatsoever in place
for its national team'.
4. Until "there is a substantial change in the style of the
current administration of the Canada Cricket Association there is
little chance of the Canada developing ...."
5. The CCA has been "put on notice that their participation
in the High Performance Program was under review...". and that
"the Development Manager had been asked to report back to the next
Development Committee meeting on progress made
over the next six months.".
6. "should there be no significant improvement in the
functioning of the CCA administration .... consideration would be
to .... suspending Canada from the High Performance Program.".
7. "what will be required is a new willingness to involve
more people in the variety of important tasks that must be
undertaken, and a willingness by the President to delegate
managerial functions ...".
8. "I have asked the ICC Regional Development Manager ......
to propose a course of action that may address the areas of
OK CANADIAN CRICKETERS GET OFF YOUR DUFFS. THE SEASON IS
NEARLY OVER AND YOU ARE NEEDED IN THE COMMITTEE ROOMS. MY ESTIMATE
IS THAT TEN COMMITTEES ARE REQUIRED. THAT SOUNDS LIKE SIXTY TO
EIGHTY WARM BODIES.
I AM DREAMING? THE CANADIAN CRICKET ASSOCIATION DOES NOT
HAVE THAT MANY FRIENDS.
SO, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE FRIENDLY.
TELL IT LIKE IT IS. IF WE ALL SHOUT LOUD ENOUGH MAYBE THEY
WILL GO AWAY AND WE CAN HAVE A REGIME CHANGE. NOW THERE IS A PLAN.
REGIME CHANGE? WHERE HAVE I HEARD THAT BEFORE?
Canada is not a melting pot. Canada is a tossed salad. We must
find a way to truly reflect who we are today. A Pan Canadian
presence requires representation in all its hues.
Take charge of your game. If you would like to be on one
of the committees, send me a note, with a brief resumé, and I will
make sure every member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian
Cricket Association gets a copy for their collective
consideration. However, don't hold your breath for a response from
the CCA President, as he is very busy doing all sorts of things. I
am not quite sure what they are, as we have a strictly one way
communication, that is, I send ....... silence returns.