Defiant WDCU Cause Crisis
With the 2017 season fast approaching crisis has arisen in the Western District Cricket Union (WDCU).
An SGM (Special General Meeting) called for April 20th, at which the WDCU Cricket Management Committee have threatened to resign en masse if a decision to apparently ignore the instruction and authority of Cricket Scotland is not upheld.
The situation arises after an appeal to Cricket Scotland, which funds the Western Union, overturned a decision from WDCU preventing a club participating in Division One of the WDCU Saturday league, for the second year in a row!
In 2016, Hillhead CC were originally relegated, then reinstated, after Cricket Scotland ruled WDCU had breached the rules of natural justice in demoting them, and a comparable situation has occurred again.
GHK CC were denied promotion for 2017 and appealed firstly to the Discipline and Appeals panel of the Western District Cricket Union and then to Cricket Scotland. The governing body again ruled that WDCU had acted in breach of natural justice and that the Union’s own appeal process had been flawed.
A GHK spokesman said, “The Western District Cricket Union has refused to accept a directive by Cricket Scotland to promote GHK to the First Division.
We considered the matter closed at the end of the appeal process which found unanimously in our favour.
GHK take exception to the club’s name being used in this dispute and trust common sense prevails.”
Cricket Scotland instructed WDCU to allow the promotion but the CMC are seemingly defiant in their stance and have issued the ultimatum which could see the start of the season disrupted.
The Western District Cricket Union has been hit by several controversies in the last two years with the Hillhead matter followed quickly by Kilmarnock CC being relegated for supplying false details of two of their players in 2015, who turned out to be the sons of International Test Umpire Aleem Dar.