Turner undecided over HKCA chairman role

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2012, 12:00am


Tony Turner has emerged as a frontrunner and consensus candidate for the position of Hong Kong Cricket Association chairman.

However, the well-known stalwart of the local game says he hasn't decided whether to accept, considering the onerous responsibility of facing up to the many challenges confronting cricket in the city.

'A number of people are certainly keen for me to stand,' Turner said yesterday. 'I have yet to make up my mind. At the moment I'm leaning towards the view that given my current company and personal workload, I will not be able to commit to this role.'

Turner, the patron of Little Sai Wan, is, however, being urged by a wide cross-section of the cricketing community to take up the hot seat which will be vacated by Dinesh Tandon at the HKCA's reconvened annual general meeting at Hong Kong Cricket Club on July 6.

'We believe he is the person best suited to take up the leadership of Hong Kong cricket,' said an observer with close links to the HKCA. 'He has been involved in Hong Kong cricket for a long time and has held a number of positions within the executive committee in the past, so he will know the challenges facing him'.

It is this aspect which apparently bothers Turner as he feels he won't be able to devote as much time to the job as he would like. He is presently the chairman for Asia of a worldwide public relations company.

'The job [HKCA chairman] is a voluntary one and having served for several years on the executive in my capacity as the Independent Cricket Association representative, before standing down in 2010, I understand the tremendous workload involved,' Turner said.

Turner, who has also served as chairman of selectors and was responsible for bringing on board grounds at Kai Tak and Po Kong Village Road during his tenure on the executive, said the game in Hong Kong faced wide-ranging challenges which would need an exhaustive input from a large group of people.

'This job has been made even more demanding as we do not have a replacement for Danny Lai [HKCA general manager],' Turner said. 'The challenges facing us include the Hong Kong Sixes needing to be kick started, grounds need to be found, the executive re-energised and finances improved.

'I therefore need to weigh up the business and personal challenges I am facing with those that the HKCA will impose,' he added.

Lai, who has been one of the cornerstones behind the organisation of the Karp Group Hong Kong Sixes, had indicated he wanted to step down, but no suitable candidate has been found.

The AGM earlier this month was adjourned after elections for the top positions were thrown into disarray by the eleventh-hour withdrawal of candidates Anoop Gidwani (chairman), Burji Shroff (president) and Sudhir Gidwani (treasurer).