Indian intrigues spoil Canadian cricket party

February 26th, 2009 - 4:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Toronto, Feb 26 (IANS) Indian intrigues are spoiling the party for Canadian cricket, declared the nation’s first official sport last year amid much fanfare.

The newly anointed national sport, which received a major setback early this month with the sacking of its Indian-born CEO Atul Ahuja, has been further jolted by the ouster of its number two man.

Mohanjeet Singh Kendall, the senior vice president of Cricket Canada, has resigned to protest the management-style of president Banwarilal (Ben) Sennik.

Kendall, who sent in his resignation early this week, told IANS: “I have resigned not only to protest against the manner in which the CEO was sacked, but also to bring the sorry state of affairs in Canadian cricket to the notice of the public.

“From the running of the sport to the selection policy to treatment of some senior players, there is so much wrong with Canadian cricket which needs to be corrected immediately.”

“I tried my best to change these things, but could not. So I decided to quit to let the public know what can ruin the fledging sport in this country.”

Defending sacked CEO Ahuja as an efficient organiser, he said: “The president should have heard before removing him. Ahuja was an energetic man who delivered whatever he undertook.”

He said there was no proper selection policy to develop the sport. “We have seen as many as 50 players being selected for the national team in just one-and-a-half years. We have also seen five captains during this short period. Is this the way to develop sport?” he asked.

Kendall said the last straw for him was the sanction for the tour of Sri Lanka.

“I opposed it on the grounds of prevailing conditions in Sri Lanka. Look at what has happened. Our players are cooped up in hotel after the LTTE air suicide attack in Colombo. They were just a kilometre from where the suicide attack took place.”

The Cricket Canada president was not available for comment.

The sport’s governing body is already under the scanner from the International Cricket Council (ICC) which funding the development of the sport in Canada.

Scotiabank, which is a major sponsor of Cricket Canada, is reportedly also not very happy with the developments in the sporting body.

– Indo-Asian News Service


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