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By Venu Palaparthi - A self-proclaimed blogger
bizarre post on USA Cricket Association's Facebook page caused cricket
writers across the globe to stop and take notice of USA cricket. Not
since GOP's John Bart King topped first class bowling averages in 1908
has USA cricket received this kind of attention. Unfortunately, it was
the type of attention we could have done without.
By Monday evening, the post on USACA's official Facebook page had
received more than 721 comments and threatened to trend on Twitter
thanks to tweets by a former Test cricketer, bloggers and reporters.
One cricket writer correctly called the entire situation a 'hilarious
social meltdown.' By afternoon, there were suggestions that the
entire thread be forwarded to the ICC, whose financial support and
recognition USACA continues to receive months after a majority of the
leagues were muffled in a controversial election.
Here is a synopsis of what transpired and we have not yet seen the end of this sorry episode. It
continues to grab the attention of the world's cricket writers (or
bloggers, if you prefer). For a detailed version, go to the post on Facebook.
On October 13th, after Peter Della Penna wrote on ESPNcricinfo
shedding light on a division among USACA's board members, the
administrator of USACA's Facebook account posted a link to the article
along with the following comment: "Peter Della Penna continues his
unethical journalistic bias by writing yet another scathing article on
USA Cricket's internal affairs." Addressing Peter that afternoon, he
Addressing Martin Williamson, Executive Editor of ESPNcricinfo, the USACA administrator wrote: "
followed this were the somewhat strange views expressed by the
administrator on the qualifications of a professional journalist.
Addressing Martin Williamson once again, he wrote: "
Soon after, after bloggers expressed bewilderment with this
definition of a journalist, the USACA Facebook administrator wrote: "
This led the blogger, David Mutton of The Silly Midoff Blog, to note, "
USACA administrator proclaimed that Martin Williamson 'had no
relationship with ESPN3' and proceeded to call David Mutton an
"alter-ego" of Peter Della Penna, who he called an 'ex-knife salesman.'
The USACA administrator then went back to attacking Martin Williamson: "
He then asserted: "
Elaborating on his role, the administrator, by now it was apparent that he was likely the Executive Secretary, wrote: "
What followed was a veiled threat: "
The administrator continued to maintain that the two reporters were internet bloggers and not journalists. "
All of this led Andrew Nixon who writes for CricketEurope to wonder: "
By evening, another accusation was leveled, once again Martin taking the brunt, "
Martin's response was simultaneously amusing and tragic: "
USACA's administrator then followed that up with another bizarre remark. "
if the math does not add up, this latest iPad giveaway is similar to a
promise Kenwyn Williams made earlier this year as the candidate for
Executive Secretary when he announced: "I have 10 iPad 3's for the first
10 people (and by people I mean 10 of the 15 league presidents that can
vote - obviously)."
It is a fact that 32 (not 42) leagues were disqualified from voting in the election. It is also a fact that Williams only offered 10 iPads to begin with. So it is not clear how 42 could be left over. It is not known if he kept his promise anyway. What we do know is that Williams received exactly 10 votes.