USA February 26, 2007

The struggle continues for youth cricket in USA

Peter Whitehead is 12 years old, and president of his local cricket club

Peter Whitehead is 12 years old, and president of his local cricket club. Following on from Gladstone Dainty's promise that "youth and female cricket programmes are the priorities of USACA," we print Peter's email and would welcome comments.

If you've had a similar experience to Peter, drop us an email

Dear Sir,

I am a 12 year old kid and the president of a youth cricket club in Mesa, Arizona, at Fremont Junior High. I would like to say that the USACA or the MLCUS has done nothing to help me start this club.

I started laying the foundations for this club in August 2005. I first contacted the USACA thinking that my national cricket association would be glad to help me. I first wrote to the president and the vice-president. After two weeks, the vice-president responded to me by saying that I should contact my local USACA representative. I then contacted the director in charge of Arizona. Two weeks later he told me that I should contact the California director. I then contacted the California director who after one week told me to contact the Arizona director. I contacted him again and he said that I should contact my local league, Arizona Cricket Association, but I got no response from them.

I then contacted Major League Cricket US (MLCUS) after pursuing help from the USACA for about three months. The MLCUS responded to me very [quickly] and told me they would help. For about seven months, they led me to believe that they would help me, but they were all talk and no action. I then refused to believe that they would ever help me. My assumption was right.

In the summer of June-July 2006 my family and I were in England. While there, I heard of Urban Cricket. I contacted them and they were very willing to help me, donating eight plastic bats and balls to start practice with. I was very pleased. Also, while there my father and I spent £200 each on equipment for the club.

After returning, I wrote to 20 different cricket companies asking for equipment. I only got responses from 3 of them and Kookaburra was the only company to help us by giving us 2 bats, 3 sets of leg-pads, 3 sets of batting gloves, 1 set of wicketkeeping gloves, and one set of wicketkeeping leg-pads.

Recently, I contacted the USACA for help with an artificial pitch since our numbers of boys and girls playing had grown from 10 kids per week to about 30 kids per week. They responded to my question about inter-USA matches, but I have never heard from them [regarding] a pitch.

Currently we have 20 to 30 boys and girls playing every week. They are divided into two teams and we practice weekly. From August until the middle of January, my father who is a teacher at Fremont JHS coached one team, and I coached mine. Recently one of the player’s fathers has come to coach my team when he is there. We had our first Twenty20 cricket match in January, and are planning to have one once per month until it gets too hot to play. Our next match is Saturday, February 23, 2007. All of the players are Americans and have only one citizenship, except for three players who hold British passports and citizenship.

In all, no USA cricket organization has helped me start this club. I have started it only with help from Kookaburra and Urban Cricket.

Peter Whitehead

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • testli5504537 on July 7, 2009, 13:29 GMT

    Отлично написано. А это все на основе Вашего личного опыта? :)

  • testli5504537 on June 7, 2008, 12:45 GMT

    hey bring Cricket Tournaments In USA,I have played international and under 15,17 and 19 Levels for my country.I wanted to play cricket in USA and coach cricket their.I have never wanted to get paid.I would really wanted to help peter to set up his club or any other cricket clubs in USA.if anyone interested.than kindly respond me via mail I would love to help to settle up the cricket in USA.their are many ways to uplifting of cricket.

  • testli5504537 on March 31, 2008, 18:20 GMT

    I play for a club in Arizona and I feel that cricket in the valley is growing. If you think, you did not get a response from ACA, just drop in your contacts here. I can forward that to the ACA chairman. Additionally, visit for contact details.

  • testli5504537 on March 25, 2008, 7:18 GMT

    Hi Peter,

    I'm a qualified coach and umpire and live in South Africa where I coach cricket to players from the age of 6 to 18 years. There will always be hiccups with governing bodies, but I think you have done great. I wanted to coach cricket in the USA but couldn't get any response on my e-mails that was send to USACA. If you ever want to tour South Africa, feel free to contact me and I would help to organize your tour and for games to be played in Pretoria (Capital of South Africa). Send me an e-mail and I could give you some hints on how to establish your own league.

  • testli5504537 on October 29, 2007, 5:15 GMT

    I am a overseas player wanted to play cricket in USA any help to come there.I have played 1st class cricket and international cricket for my country. I am a right handed leg break bowler and a top oreder batsman from Nepal.

  • testli5504537 on August 30, 2007, 15:06 GMT

    Bravo Peter!!! I hope boys and girls in the USA, those holding American passports aged 5 and above get interested in the sport of cricket.

  • testli5504537 on June 13, 2007, 15:32 GMT

    Simply outstanding that kids like Peter, Ricky and the under 15-US Captain is speaking out in unison. It's a shame when organizations like USACA and local cricket leagues does nothing for developing the next generation of cricketers. They now have to look overseas for help.

    I have 15-20 youths in my league learning the game that are Americans and not from a "cricketing background". USACA did not respond to my numerous letters for assistance. We are struggling to have fundraisers to purchase gears, grounds fees, etc. Like Peter, we will succeed because of our love of the sport.

    The officials at USACA should individually decided if they are still focused on what matters.

  • testli5504537 on May 30, 2007, 15:01 GMT

    Whatever you do they are all about money because its hard but not impossible to bring cricket up in USA

    These guys will never do anything, want to play cricket play in India or your home country not in these countries where u will not have any support

  • testli5504537 on March 27, 2007, 5:29 GMT

    Although I am unable to attend Peter's Cricket Club weekly meetings, as a fellow classmate of Peter's, I am amazed at his passion for the little recognized sport of cricket, and his ability to move teens from across our campus to share this same passion. His will and perseverance has given the issue of youth cricket in the USA some very deserving attention. Not only does young Peter have a lot to give to cricket, I believe that with this kind of initiative, he has the potential to give a lot to the world.

  • testli5504537 on March 7, 2007, 13:18 GMT

    Somebody strike a medal for this kid!!!!

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