March 3, 2007

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USA suspended again

Will Luke

It comes as no surprise that the USACA were today suspended by the ICC for failing to meet the agreed deadlines. Read the full story, and this comment piece, and leave your comments and thoughts below.

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Posted by Evan Brooks on (June 27, 2007, 0:30 GMT)

Being an under 15 and having been born in America with my parents as Americans two, you come disrespect the USACA and the way they structure cricket. Cricket could be striving in America if we did not have stupid people running it. America in all is lazy. There is no doubt about it. Selectors are not quality and executives spend money like democrats. Cricket in America is no good because of the people that run it. One person I have come to respect is Malcolm Nash. He is the main people of USJC and has tried multiple approaches to introducing cricket. But it is not him that that is lazy, it is most American kids. And until the kids are fixed, neither will American cricket be.

Posted by ram on (March 26, 2007, 23:33 GMT)

ICC should take personal intrest in the devlopment of cricket in USA. if the association is weak they should establish cricket academy themselves. USA has lots of cricket playing immigrants and many county's. If ICC can strive to devlop cricket in USA, not only they will teach USA about cricket but also can make lots of money. A minimum of 4 cricket stadiums should be build allover USA and few series should be scheduled there to make americans aware of cricket. they should think about the devlopment of the sport in USA than of rules and blah blah.

Posted by Sohrab on (March 6, 2007, 4:52 GMT)

Cricket is not for USA and will not become a part of the culture for a looooooooooong time. I am very happy at the exclusion of USA from ICC. I am also strictly against teams like Bermuda (45 all out).

Posted by Farhan Aziz on (March 5, 2007, 21:20 GMT)

The USA has a relatively infant cricket structure. The USA is an interesting model since the cricket base comprises of a wide range of expatriate nationalities, which certainly contributes to the lack of synergy. Add to this; the voluntary nature of our administrative setup - you get chaos.

Chaos will exist with or without Dainty. What the USA needs is for the ICC to set up a professional panel of administrators to run USA cricket. US cricket should channel through this set up. We simply cannot rely on non-professionals to take the US to the next level.

Come on ICC, show some vision and get us on the map again by holding our hand!

Posted by Turnaround on (March 5, 2007, 18:22 GMT)

I have been playing cricket for more than a decade in the great Southern California. I think this is a great turnaround for cricket in USA. Imagine had the new constitution was adopted, we would have never seen this day and cricket would be driven completely in wrong direction with those crooks, Now is the chance for us, We have some really good administers in USA who can work honestly and have a fair vision for development this great game. Someone please open a blog and give access to identify people who can plan for the next step. Just bitching about whatever happens is I believe not the answer, the answer to this is to start immediately for our ball game all over again. The more we will wait to see what is next it will be too late to even think of developing cricket in USA. So I am saying lets start the march today.

ICC sure has helped us, now its our job to do the next step by creating a real organization who has true ethics for development

Posted by M Grady on (March 5, 2007, 12:04 GMT)

As usual USA’s narrow minded leadership has failed. I’am an American who has lived in the UK for many years for me this story is nothing new. My son and I love the game and have attempted to deal with USA cricket before, same run around as the young man from AZ. Several years ago my son now 23 attempted to make contact with USA cricket , at the time he was one of the very few if not the only American playing ECB county youth cricket in the country, and one of the youngest players in SR level league cricket. We knew that USA cricket was spending money sending reps to the UK, common sense said if he’s got some talent why not have a look it could only be good for the USA who was talking a lot about getting more exposure , his country board was very supportive even offered to help set up a trail. As it turns out USA cricket wanted nothing to do with a US born cricketer, who was playing in the UK. Since then he has turned his interest to UK youth cricket receiving a degree in Sports Science Coaching from one of the UKs top sports Universities, he is a certified ECB coach, was capt of his University team, and has coached country development teams. In short what a waist USA youth should be benefiting. Cricket is a great game lost on the “it’s all about ME and my friends “ types who are still running USA cricket.

M.Grady

Posted by Yousaf, Muhammad on (March 4, 2007, 7:10 GMT)

Enough is enough, this current board of directors and executive committee should resign. They should keep themselves away from cricket and let people w/class and dignity runs USA cricket. Folks, current EB members are opening the leagues to get more votes, which is the only services they have done to cricket. They divided cricket’s lovers in two groups to benefit themselves.

My humble request to all these BODs & EB members to just resign and stay home, there is no more room for them to humiliate USA name in international cricket community.

I’m worried may be current EB & BODs will start new ICC in their own courtyard (if they can start leagues if they are not happy w/the one they been part for so long). You can expect any thing from this group.

Posted by raj on (March 4, 2007, 4:14 GMT)

What should the US clubs do? Pay our annual dues to USACA or just hold on to the money? Can someone advice?

Posted by Joshua Abrahim on (March 4, 2007, 0:25 GMT)

I think this is a deliberate act by the usaca to sabatage cricket in the usa and make sure it never gets off the ground. Shame on you

Posted by Peter on (March 3, 2007, 23:12 GMT)

I live in USA and I am surprised that no one has noticed this aspect of USA Cricket failure. Baseball Associations in USA are actively obstructing any progress in Cricket in USA. This has been propagated to grass root levels of Baseball population. Whenever we try to convert an unused ground in to playing cricket playing condition, they try to convert it to Soccer or baseball and somehow take it away from Cricket even after following proper procedures. In USA, everything works on lobbying and money. Cricket in USA will never succeed since it will be a threat to other sports.

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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