June 8, 2007

USA

MCC heads to the States

Martin Williamson

The Daily Telegraph reports that MCC is looking to establish a body called MCC America to help with coaching and coordinating the games development in the USA.

Although the news is a much-needed boost for the USA at a time its association has been suspended by the ICC following a disputed election and implementation of a questionable new constitution, there are toes likely to be trodden on.

Firstly, the USA Cricket Association, a body with a soviet-style approach to openness and transparency, is still nominally in charge of all aspects of the game and is likely to treat the idea as a threat more than an opportunity.

Secondly, the USACA has signed a deal with a marketing company called Centrex which aims to pass all the marketing and promotion of the game to a joint-venture third-party body. That new organisation will also be responsible for arranging and hosting ODIs featuring India and West Indies in the USA.

As well as setting up MCC America, the club is planning a tour of America in 2009 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first major overseas tour by a representative side from England in 1859. It has to be hoped the weather is better than then when the last match, admittedly on October 26 in New York on a baseball ground, was played out on a flooded pitch. The following day four inches of snow fell.

MCC will also host a USA v Europe match at Lord's in 2010.

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Posted by Venu on (June 20, 2007, 18:21 GMT)

Any ideas on how one could get involved? I do hope MCC sets up independent of USACA. I live in New York City and there are a lot of games that take place amongst adults but there is little done to advance the game amongst the youth crowd. New York City would be a perfect spot to launch a program, albeit the weather!

Posted by Andrew on (June 12, 2007, 5:20 GMT)

The USACA administration - and more pointedly its very odd little director, Gladstone Dainty - represents a agreat curse heaped by the most evil of higher powers upon aficionados and adorers of the fine sport of cricket in the United States. Until such time as they are handed the boot, cricket will go nowhere in America.

Posted by Nafi Karim on (June 9, 2007, 2:09 GMT)

I really hope the USACA works with them instead of going against them, although that looks like a good possibility that they will take it negatively. But this is a much needed good news!

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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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