January 16, 2006


India and Pakistan look towards the USA

Martin Williamson

A much-needed boost for US cricket with the news that the Indian and Pakistan boards are looking at playing matches at neutral venues. Shaharyar Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan board, said:

Once again we would go to our governments for approval before finalising the venues but places like the United States and a few European countries are under consideration. We have offshore venues like Florida and New Jersey in the United States and some venues in the United Arab Emirates and we want to popularise cricket in these countries.

Given the ICC's view of the USA Cricket Association - one shared by most of the major countries who see the board as an embarrassment - this will increase the pressure on Gladstone Dainty, the embattled president, to stand down for a more internationally acceptable candidate. The alternative is for the USA to remain a cricketing backwater.


Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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