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ICC to stop funding US cricket association

Published: Friday, April 29, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London:The International Cricket Council (ICC) said it would stop funding the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) until the USACA resolved the dispute over the administration of the sport in the country.

"Until such time as ICC receives clear and unequivocal notification as to the composition of the board of directors, it does not propose to release any funding to USACA including the annual grant," ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said in a letter to the solicitors representing both parties in the dispute.

"Clear and unequivocal notification would take the form of a signed statement from all ten directors agreeing that they are each properly elected to the board of directors," he was quoted as saying in an ICC release.

Speed also called on the USACA to resolve the dispute as soon as possible and offered the ICC Disputes Resolution Committee process as a means of resolving the situation.

"If the parties agree, ICC would be pleased to extend this process to USACA and will undertake to fast-track the process at the request of the parties," Speed said.

"This would avoid costly litigation and provide a binding decision in a timely manner." The Committee was an internal system for resolving disputes between parties within cricket through the appointment of an independent panel.

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