Postponed ABCA meeting rescheduled
St. John’s Antigua- Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) has once again been forced to postpone a meeting due to the lack of a quorum.
The previous ABCA executive, led by former president Enoch Lewis from 1999 to 2012, had to postpone a number of annual general meetings (AGM) due to the lack of a quorum.
When incumbent Zorol Barthley took over the ABCA presidency at its AGM on December 17 last year, it was widely believed that new vigor and interest have been injected into the organisation.
But when the new ABCA held its first much-publicised extraordinary general meeting to look at the application of new members and plan for the start of the upcoming domestic season on Thursday night, the session had to be aborted due to the lack of a quorum.
Barthley was understandably disappointed that the meeting had to be postponed, but was a bit more satisfied with an encouraging turnout of potential new members.
“But I’m a little disappointed that we could not pull a quorum last night (Thursday) to convene the business of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association,” Barthley said.
“However, in all of that one of the more exciting things is that we had more new member applicants in the audience than actual members of the association.
“For a quorum of the association we need 25 and unfortunately, we couldn’t do it. It just means that it cannot be business as usual; things have to be done a different way. An urgent decision will have to be made as to how we go about mandating the business of the cricket association.”
Barthley said the extraordinary general meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 7, the same day when Antigua will be hosting the opening regional Super50 match between the Leeward Islands and Guyana.
Barthley said the session would be held at the conference room at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds at 8 pm as an added incentive for ABCA members to attend the meeting.
“We will re-convene that extraordinary general meeting next Thursday. However, we are changing the venue to the Sir Vivian Richards cricket stadium. There is a large conference room that can seat up to 40 people and we are going to reconvene that meeting there,” Barthley said.
“The reason why we are moving the venue is that the meeting will be held immediately after the Super50 game between the Leewards and Guyana.
“We are hoping that we can give our members at least an incentive to come out and watch the cricket and to stay on for the extraordinary general meeting.”