Friday, March 19, 2010


A group of disgruntled affiliates have asked for the immediate resignation of Malaysian Cricket Association president Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar.

They want the man who has helmed cricket for the past 19 years to give up the post together with secretary Sivanandan Chinadurai because of their frustration with the way the association has been managed lately.

The group led by Malacca Cricket Association president Mohd Ridzuan Mani met up here today and later issued a statement, which among other things, urged the president and his right hand man to go.

"We have had enough of his (Tunku Imran's) leadership. It's time for him to step down and hand over the leadership of the Malaysian Cricket Association(MCA) to someone else. Sivanandan should also go.

"We have kept faith in his leadership for far too long and he has not shown the qualities needed to drive the association forward to better times," said Mohd Ridzuan.

Among the grouses are:

* Abuse of power at the very top when it comes to decision making;

* The lack of success of the National team at international level;

* The issue of the Kinrara Oval, home of the MCA where an estimated RM150,000 is being spent yearly;

* Vacancies within the Executive Committee has not been filled up;

* The lack of fundings to run the association

"What we have discussed among ourselves today are issues which the leadership of MCA should have addressed a long time ago. But because they are selfish and do not consider the views of the affliates, the MCA is in trouble now," said Mohd Ridzuan.

The group claims to have the support of at least seven out of the 14 affliates within the MCA and another five votes from the 10-member executive committee.

"We are confident that a couple more affliates are with us once we explain the present MCA situation to them," added Mohd Ridzuan.

The MCA elections are due in March next year.