Speaking at the QC’s general meeting in Brisbane last week, the former Queensland captain said he did not believe the CA would have found itself in the position that “if the states were around the table” in the winter.
“The C&L model or CAM has engulfed all aspects of cricket, all aspects have played a major role in cricket,” said Simpson, who is in finance and as the owner of the cattle and now runs his own agribusiness.
“States find it offensive – as we survive and continue grassroots and cricket every day. States are helping and assisting volunteers in the game of volunteers and the vital resource of cricket. In my view, the states have lost control of cricket. We have been told from Jolimont St. how to run cricket and we do not believe in many of these ‘systems and processes’. ”
Chris Simpson, chairman of Queensland Cricket.
The revolt could force Melbourne-based Eddings to consider pressure from states to return to direct representation on the board, the last spell of many current CA managers.
It is a completely independent board since 2012, with states each able to nominate a director but no official link to them. Each state director or chair also prefers an alternative to sitting on the CA board, a hybrid arrangement is preferred, the other three seats should be filled by independent candidates.
Colin Carter, whose CA administration review nearly a decade ago led to the death of 14 old-based boards of directors last week, warned against dismantling the independent model.
Simpson said Carter was making “very big assumptions” that there was a line-up across Australian cricket on what CA’s main responsibility should be.
Cricket Australia Chairman Earl Addings C Credit: Eddie Jim
“I believe that the main responsibility of the CA is to act as a collective bargaining chip for state-owned companies to create elite content / fixtures / events, they should be inclined and specialized in elite team management and events and entertainment, then we for many generations. As we have done, we support the states to provide cricket programs and develop talented children, ”he said.
“If the CA is a master of all, the board must have some volunteers and some masters of grassroots cricket, as it is our primary job at the state level to provide services, support and resources to volunteers from far and wide who provide services so wonderfully.
“There is a wide gap between cricket administration and day-to-day cricket management in regional and metropolitan clubs.
“It’s not unrealistic to think that centralization is good for grassroots cricket. The return cricket administration has given regional communities a voice; Today’s cricket administration is not a collaborative model, but at the top is the ‘we know best’ beast.
State associations may unsettle CA directors with four out of six on the basis of the agreement if an annual general meeting or an emergency general meeting is convened later this year. Simpson, however, intended to carry out more permanent reforms without further bleeding.
“For all its resources and related strengths, CA should be seen as more of a partner in the development of the game – rather than its master,” Simpson said.
“Until we are able to achieve this, states will only be told what to do from Jollymont Street and that is not the right way to run cricket.”
Chris Barrett is the Chief Sports Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.
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