Cricket Australia suffers from the Endemic Clandestine Cronyism (ECC) parasite. Individuals infected by this parasite can immediately identify other ECC carriers.
Coupled with this, it produces an overwhelming primordial desire to meet in secret and devise a strategy for organisational survival – no matter the cost.
The ubiquitous ECC network then quickly links the carrier to all other ECC carriers. Where positions become vacant, it is beholden that ECC carriers ensure that a fellow ECC carrier is appointed – regardless of performance or results achieved.
A longer term effect is that ECC carriers invariably suffer from status anxiety (fear of loss of status), becoming delusional in the process. They will commence to make buck passing statements, even when it is apparent that the fault/problem is of their own making.
Typically it will be something like, “We have done good job which we are very proud of. It is not our fault that the players did not perform.”
Specifically, which players were selected is considered not worth reviewing.
ECC is insidious. Once it climbs its way to the top, it will invariably infect the entire organisation, dismissing all non-ECC members on the way.
How does an organisation rid itself of ECC?
An old Russian proverb, “A fish rots from the head down” applies. Eliminating the parasite can be achieved by Introducing transparency and democracy, in conjunction with dismissing the head ECC carrier. Other ECC parasite carriers are then miraculously cured.
Finally, by putting the necessary transparent checks and balances into the organisation, it will minimise the chance of reinfection.