CEO role in jeopardy as members oppose timing

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 February, 2009, 12:00am

The move by the Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA) to hire a million-dollar chief executive is on a knife edge with almost half of the executive committee opposed to the timing.

HKCA chairman Darren Tucker will today try to convince the 10 other members on the executive committee of the benefits of going 'professional' by hiring a CEO - with an annual remunerative package of HK$1 million, plus other perks - to run the day-to-day affairs and the Hong Kong Sixes.

But a number of members want the move delayed.

'The timing of this proposal is our concern,' a club source said yesterday. 'We are not saying Hong Kong cricket shouldn't have a CEO, all we are saying is that we should get one when the economic conditions are better. This idea should be put on hold.'

The 11-member executive committee headed by Tucker will meet tonight to decide what course of action to take.

It is understood the majority view will hold good.

The other members are John Cribbin (secretary), Dinesh Tandon (treasurer), Simon Scanlon (KCC representative), James Callow (HKCC), Tony Turner (Independents), Michael Jamieson (League and Cup), Roger Nissim (Umpires), and ordinary members Adrian Lee, Ather Ali and Nisar Khusro.

Fears have been growing the CEO, whose job description will include finding a title sponsor for the Hong Kong Sixes which last year didn't have a backer and ended in the red, will be a further drain on the HKCA.

The move has met fierce resistance since it first came to light a fortnight ago with an announcement on the HKCA's website.

Last week, former HKCA chairman Mike Walsh called the idea 'ill-conceived, ill-considered and beyond our means' and said few people supported the plan.

Tucker issued a statement saying: 'Cricket globally is moving very quickly and associations at our level around the world are employing experienced CEOs to take the game and the administration of the game in these countries forward ... Hong Kong must move to this level of professionalism.'