USA June 11, 2007

Deal opens door for USA return

The USA may well be readmitted to the international fold after talks between the warring factions battling for control of the USA Cricket Association in Washington over the weekend.
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The USA may well be readmitted to the international fold after talks between the warring factions battling for control of the USA Cricket Association in Washington over the weekend.

The USA was suspended by the ICC in March after two rival groups claimed to be the rightful ones to run the game in the country. The ICC asked the West Indies board (WICB) to intervene and try to find a solution. Only when the WICB reported back that the dispute had been settled would a readmission be considered.

Ken Gordon, the WICB president, met with the USA Cricket Association and representatives of the regional league presidents and the two sides agreed to revise the review of the constitution so that all stakeholders could be consulted. There were deep concerns at the short time given by the USACA for examination and debate of the previous new constitution before it had to be approved.

While specifics are hard to come by, a statement said that "the USACA has agreed to the proposals for the way forward made by the ICC and will move promptly to remove all impediments to the lifting of the suspension from Associate Membership imposed by that body". Firm time lines have been fixed and these will be closely observed.

It is likely that Gordon will now report back to the ICC when it meets in London later this month and there seems no reason that the suspension should be lifted.

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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  • Asif Ahmad on June 14, 2007, 21:32 GMT

    Promotion of Cricket in USA has not been the goal of USACA. If you look at up coming Under-15, U-13 and U-11 so-called national Tournament is nothing more than a local show. By CCA. Not many of the regions have kids to participate in this tournament. Only few private junior cricket academies are there to play. For cricket to gain any momentum in USA, we need fair and transparent people, without personal interests. For Mr. Wazir. I bought some land three years ago and built a decent cricket field for young cricket players. This could be done and let me know if you need any help.

  • wazir mohammed on June 13, 2007, 3:02 GMT

    I am a west Indian living here in Orlando and would appreciate some advice and help in starting a North American League inclusive of Bermuda, Cayman Is, Virgin Is,etc. Appreciate your ideas and advice.

    I am actively working together with some expats looking for a venue to hold an International Match in Orlando area. Also we are looking to purchase some land to be a venue for same. Currently working with county officials for approvals etc. Any ideas.

  • Arvind K on June 13, 2007, 0:35 GMT

    The problem lies in promotion and awareness of the game. There need to be cricket games played here on us soil amongst major teams with their major players. Not just the Class B players, but superstars. I am pretty sure the ground/stadium where this is telecast will be full capacity. And if this game is televised then and only then will the demand and hunger for cricket increase. Basically you cannot just "import" and deploy. You gotta give the people a taste of it first. I mean if people here truly get to watch such an exhibition game they will forget all about the boring baseball.

  • Haroon Jahed on June 13, 2007, 0:02 GMT

    NY City is spending $25 million this year on cricketing infrastructure. There's enough folks that know the basics around to get others interested, it's just hard to get a game.

    In the short term, ideas like the US Tennis Ball Cricket Association will help a lot. It's too complex/expensive a sport to go from zero to a club side in one step. If the ICC really wants to help US cricket, they should clone the ECB's Urban Cricket program over here. Cricket died out here during the Civil War due to a lack of space and changing social mores. Those same factors are working against baseball today, but actually favor something like Urban Cricket.

    Bottom line, we need "get out and play" initiatives of every shape, color and size. The Whites will come once the passion is ignited. And people like me can dream about a Test.

  • Jeff G on June 12, 2007, 21:40 GMT

    How do people even get involved with sports administrations? Are they friends of friends, or what? It seems a cricket fan would want more promotion, but perhaps there is just not enough money to make it possible right now. As a 'young white American' with no foreign connections, I would loved to help with the controlling organizations to promote cricket to all Americans.

  • RAJ on June 12, 2007, 21:38 GMT

    DAINTY!!!......DAINTY!!!.......DAINTY!!!.......Hear me folks......this guy is the biggest obstacle in the way of cricket viability in America....I was shocked a few years ago,to discover this was the character that was acceptable to the ICC for the stewardship, governance, growth, and advancement and growth of cricket in the USA, and into whose hands the ICC had entrusted the responsibility for the organization and progress of cricket in the USA.....How little do they know.....They haven't a clue that Dainty and his band of marauders have hijacked the USACA, and are intent on using it for their own personal aggrandizement...

  • Bilal Aslam on June 12, 2007, 21:23 GMT

    I am current president of Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference (VA,NC,SC) and would like to comment on an important issue here. I am in direct contact with USACA officials recently and applaud them for all they are doing to restore USACA. We as league representatives have an important role to play. If we do not reach out and convey our concerns there is no way we will be heard. Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference(MACC) takes care of its own grounds and players volunteer to do work. We have to come up with an action plan for every region and be involved in the decision process. We should allow some time to USACA and see what type of action plan they have to promote cricket.

    I am sure If they are spending time on conducting meetings and trying their best to restore it they are serious about this issue. Its not about West Indians, subcontinent or Aussies it is about cricket and cricket does not have any color or boundaries. Lets be part of the solution instead of being part of the problem.

  • Colin T. Bent on June 12, 2007, 17:40 GMT

    It is almost hilarious to see the comments on this issue. As a former conference and club president I saw the inner workings of the USACA and I am not at all surprised with the carryings on one bit. Our conference had a Canada vs USA game taken from us because we asked questions about the financial activities of the USACA and this after much planning and arrangements were done. After more than a decade of closeup involvement, I can safely say that US cricket will remain at the same level it is presently. I suggest that here is a lack of proper leadership and not many available who will lead the organization without selfish motives. If that person exists they have failed to come forward as of yet. I would encourage those of you who still play the game to enjoy it in your clubs and the conferences in which you compete and don't sit around looking for the US to play at any greater level of involvement than where it is right now. There are those who might contradict me but to them I say lets meet in another ten years and lets discuss it once again.

  • satram on June 12, 2007, 17:17 GMT

    Let the people of USA decide what they want. ICC should appoint someone to look into the matter and report back. By giving WICB to handle the matter is foolishness. WICB is in a mess itself.

  • Chris G on June 12, 2007, 16:43 GMT

    I play in a small League in Kansas City and I can tell you, there are plenty of cricketers in this country. The problem is that a) the administrators are not trying to promote the game beyond the "ex pats play on Sunday" news stories and b) there is a common misconception that only people from the Caribbean and the sub-continent play this game. Australia are the world champions and there are plenty of us Aussies in the States who play. There are a bunch of Brits and other nationalities as well. It's time to actively promote the game. Let's start by pressuring ESPN and others to actually SHOW the game they televise. Most Americans still DON'T KNOW what cricket is ..

  • Asif Ahmad on June 14, 2007, 21:32 GMT

    Promotion of Cricket in USA has not been the goal of USACA. If you look at up coming Under-15, U-13 and U-11 so-called national Tournament is nothing more than a local show. By CCA. Not many of the regions have kids to participate in this tournament. Only few private junior cricket academies are there to play. For cricket to gain any momentum in USA, we need fair and transparent people, without personal interests. For Mr. Wazir. I bought some land three years ago and built a decent cricket field for young cricket players. This could be done and let me know if you need any help.

  • wazir mohammed on June 13, 2007, 3:02 GMT

    I am a west Indian living here in Orlando and would appreciate some advice and help in starting a North American League inclusive of Bermuda, Cayman Is, Virgin Is,etc. Appreciate your ideas and advice.

    I am actively working together with some expats looking for a venue to hold an International Match in Orlando area. Also we are looking to purchase some land to be a venue for same. Currently working with county officials for approvals etc. Any ideas.

  • Arvind K on June 13, 2007, 0:35 GMT

    The problem lies in promotion and awareness of the game. There need to be cricket games played here on us soil amongst major teams with their major players. Not just the Class B players, but superstars. I am pretty sure the ground/stadium where this is telecast will be full capacity. And if this game is televised then and only then will the demand and hunger for cricket increase. Basically you cannot just "import" and deploy. You gotta give the people a taste of it first. I mean if people here truly get to watch such an exhibition game they will forget all about the boring baseball.

  • Haroon Jahed on June 13, 2007, 0:02 GMT

    NY City is spending $25 million this year on cricketing infrastructure. There's enough folks that know the basics around to get others interested, it's just hard to get a game.

    In the short term, ideas like the US Tennis Ball Cricket Association will help a lot. It's too complex/expensive a sport to go from zero to a club side in one step. If the ICC really wants to help US cricket, they should clone the ECB's Urban Cricket program over here. Cricket died out here during the Civil War due to a lack of space and changing social mores. Those same factors are working against baseball today, but actually favor something like Urban Cricket.

    Bottom line, we need "get out and play" initiatives of every shape, color and size. The Whites will come once the passion is ignited. And people like me can dream about a Test.

  • Jeff G on June 12, 2007, 21:40 GMT

    How do people even get involved with sports administrations? Are they friends of friends, or what? It seems a cricket fan would want more promotion, but perhaps there is just not enough money to make it possible right now. As a 'young white American' with no foreign connections, I would loved to help with the controlling organizations to promote cricket to all Americans.

  • RAJ on June 12, 2007, 21:38 GMT

    DAINTY!!!......DAINTY!!!.......DAINTY!!!.......Hear me folks......this guy is the biggest obstacle in the way of cricket viability in America....I was shocked a few years ago,to discover this was the character that was acceptable to the ICC for the stewardship, governance, growth, and advancement and growth of cricket in the USA, and into whose hands the ICC had entrusted the responsibility for the organization and progress of cricket in the USA.....How little do they know.....They haven't a clue that Dainty and his band of marauders have hijacked the USACA, and are intent on using it for their own personal aggrandizement...

  • Bilal Aslam on June 12, 2007, 21:23 GMT

    I am current president of Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference (VA,NC,SC) and would like to comment on an important issue here. I am in direct contact with USACA officials recently and applaud them for all they are doing to restore USACA. We as league representatives have an important role to play. If we do not reach out and convey our concerns there is no way we will be heard. Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference(MACC) takes care of its own grounds and players volunteer to do work. We have to come up with an action plan for every region and be involved in the decision process. We should allow some time to USACA and see what type of action plan they have to promote cricket.

    I am sure If they are spending time on conducting meetings and trying their best to restore it they are serious about this issue. Its not about West Indians, subcontinent or Aussies it is about cricket and cricket does not have any color or boundaries. Lets be part of the solution instead of being part of the problem.

  • Colin T. Bent on June 12, 2007, 17:40 GMT

    It is almost hilarious to see the comments on this issue. As a former conference and club president I saw the inner workings of the USACA and I am not at all surprised with the carryings on one bit. Our conference had a Canada vs USA game taken from us because we asked questions about the financial activities of the USACA and this after much planning and arrangements were done. After more than a decade of closeup involvement, I can safely say that US cricket will remain at the same level it is presently. I suggest that here is a lack of proper leadership and not many available who will lead the organization without selfish motives. If that person exists they have failed to come forward as of yet. I would encourage those of you who still play the game to enjoy it in your clubs and the conferences in which you compete and don't sit around looking for the US to play at any greater level of involvement than where it is right now. There are those who might contradict me but to them I say lets meet in another ten years and lets discuss it once again.

  • satram on June 12, 2007, 17:17 GMT

    Let the people of USA decide what they want. ICC should appoint someone to look into the matter and report back. By giving WICB to handle the matter is foolishness. WICB is in a mess itself.

  • Chris G on June 12, 2007, 16:43 GMT

    I play in a small League in Kansas City and I can tell you, there are plenty of cricketers in this country. The problem is that a) the administrators are not trying to promote the game beyond the "ex pats play on Sunday" news stories and b) there is a common misconception that only people from the Caribbean and the sub-continent play this game. Australia are the world champions and there are plenty of us Aussies in the States who play. There are a bunch of Brits and other nationalities as well. It's time to actively promote the game. Let's start by pressuring ESPN and others to actually SHOW the game they televise. Most Americans still DON'T KNOW what cricket is ..

  • Sudeep on June 12, 2007, 13:22 GMT

    As past president of a local league overseeing cricket in VA, NC and SC, I can state in no unclear terms that cricket is going to be HUGE in America in a few years' time. And we will do this DESPITE the USACA. There are enough people in this country that are passionate enough about cricket to take it to the next level here. I have met the USACA officials. I wish I hadn't. The lesser said the better. And I wish people would stop blasting those '45-46' year old West Indians who played for the US team. Let me assure you, Clayton Lambert (Lamby) is still doing a tremendous amount for the game here. I'm based out of Atlanta now, and if it wasn't for a few select individuals like Lamby, there would be no league here. The ICC can support the USACA all it wants, but it will get them nowhere. Cricket, though, will thrive in America. Cheers!

  • Adeel on June 12, 2007, 11:19 GMT

    Until a fresh new face of administrators are brought in that have USA Cricket as a goal, there will be no USA cricket to speak of. The current administration is from the 90s and the administrators are expats, not Americans. There are plenty of American WI'ians, American Pakistani, American Indians that ALREADY administer their own leagues, clubs. They have the goal of broadening horizons for USA cricket b/c they are from the USA, or atleast raised in the USA with American ideals, etc. Old school can not control the new school.....that is backwards IMO

  • Cheeka on June 12, 2007, 11:03 GMT

    The money comes in as what all the associated members are eligible, but have not seen or reflected in any of their actions. Taking from the ground conditions to all other basic amenities which is lacking all way !!! Misappropriation was the main allegation for which the US board was relegated and I suppose would remain an issue when you see the most corrupted board making an effort to solve this issue. The bottom line is the whole board and process needs restructuring and I would request personally to the capable people to make a sincere effort to throw away the tyranny.

  • Mat on June 12, 2007, 9:49 GMT

    Its funny, very funny indeed. West Indians have been the problem and not the solution for USA cricket and now they have been given the job to "solve" the issue. They should solve their own problem first before trying to fix the US cricket.We have not made any progress and I will not be surprised if US cricket is banned again in a year from now. There are far better cricketers in USA than a bunch of 45-46 year old West Indians who have been making the USA team until now.

  • Andrew on June 12, 2007, 4:16 GMT

    The bottom line is Dainty. The man has been curse heaped upon US cricket since the day he assumed office. I've never been able to discern quite what drives this creep, but I have a hard time thinking of any sort of administration that even approaches the levels of incompetence and counterproductivity that the USACA has attained under his leadership. So, unless he goes, I don't see any reason for a deal.

  • Asif Ahmad on June 11, 2007, 23:25 GMT

    Here we go again. Same people, same behaviour. blind leading the blind. WI should first solve their own problems, Ken Gordon has no idea, who he is dealing with. To bring cricket to grass roots in US, ICC needs a whole new breed of managers and lot more money invested. US does not have a single decent cricket ground to play the game.

  • GPT on June 11, 2007, 22:32 GMT

    OK, so the ICC bans the USA for not having its administration up to any kind of standard yet continues to allow Zimbabwe to play test cricket notwithstanding the fact that Zimbabwe cricket is a joke; no scores can be obtained from "first class" matches, administration and selection is, at best, shonky and media are severely restricted from reporting on the cricket. Purely from a cricketing point of view Zimbabwe should not be a test nation.

    Seems that the ICC is quite happy to act decisively in the cricketing backwaters but sits on its hands when it comes to the tough decisions.

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  • GPT on June 11, 2007, 22:32 GMT

    OK, so the ICC bans the USA for not having its administration up to any kind of standard yet continues to allow Zimbabwe to play test cricket notwithstanding the fact that Zimbabwe cricket is a joke; no scores can be obtained from "first class" matches, administration and selection is, at best, shonky and media are severely restricted from reporting on the cricket. Purely from a cricketing point of view Zimbabwe should not be a test nation.

    Seems that the ICC is quite happy to act decisively in the cricketing backwaters but sits on its hands when it comes to the tough decisions.

  • Asif Ahmad on June 11, 2007, 23:25 GMT

    Here we go again. Same people, same behaviour. blind leading the blind. WI should first solve their own problems, Ken Gordon has no idea, who he is dealing with. To bring cricket to grass roots in US, ICC needs a whole new breed of managers and lot more money invested. US does not have a single decent cricket ground to play the game.

  • Andrew on June 12, 2007, 4:16 GMT

    The bottom line is Dainty. The man has been curse heaped upon US cricket since the day he assumed office. I've never been able to discern quite what drives this creep, but I have a hard time thinking of any sort of administration that even approaches the levels of incompetence and counterproductivity that the USACA has attained under his leadership. So, unless he goes, I don't see any reason for a deal.

  • Mat on June 12, 2007, 9:49 GMT

    Its funny, very funny indeed. West Indians have been the problem and not the solution for USA cricket and now they have been given the job to "solve" the issue. They should solve their own problem first before trying to fix the US cricket.We have not made any progress and I will not be surprised if US cricket is banned again in a year from now. There are far better cricketers in USA than a bunch of 45-46 year old West Indians who have been making the USA team until now.

  • Cheeka on June 12, 2007, 11:03 GMT

    The money comes in as what all the associated members are eligible, but have not seen or reflected in any of their actions. Taking from the ground conditions to all other basic amenities which is lacking all way !!! Misappropriation was the main allegation for which the US board was relegated and I suppose would remain an issue when you see the most corrupted board making an effort to solve this issue. The bottom line is the whole board and process needs restructuring and I would request personally to the capable people to make a sincere effort to throw away the tyranny.

  • Adeel on June 12, 2007, 11:19 GMT

    Until a fresh new face of administrators are brought in that have USA Cricket as a goal, there will be no USA cricket to speak of. The current administration is from the 90s and the administrators are expats, not Americans. There are plenty of American WI'ians, American Pakistani, American Indians that ALREADY administer their own leagues, clubs. They have the goal of broadening horizons for USA cricket b/c they are from the USA, or atleast raised in the USA with American ideals, etc. Old school can not control the new school.....that is backwards IMO

  • Sudeep on June 12, 2007, 13:22 GMT

    As past president of a local league overseeing cricket in VA, NC and SC, I can state in no unclear terms that cricket is going to be HUGE in America in a few years' time. And we will do this DESPITE the USACA. There are enough people in this country that are passionate enough about cricket to take it to the next level here. I have met the USACA officials. I wish I hadn't. The lesser said the better. And I wish people would stop blasting those '45-46' year old West Indians who played for the US team. Let me assure you, Clayton Lambert (Lamby) is still doing a tremendous amount for the game here. I'm based out of Atlanta now, and if it wasn't for a few select individuals like Lamby, there would be no league here. The ICC can support the USACA all it wants, but it will get them nowhere. Cricket, though, will thrive in America. Cheers!

  • Chris G on June 12, 2007, 16:43 GMT

    I play in a small League in Kansas City and I can tell you, there are plenty of cricketers in this country. The problem is that a) the administrators are not trying to promote the game beyond the "ex pats play on Sunday" news stories and b) there is a common misconception that only people from the Caribbean and the sub-continent play this game. Australia are the world champions and there are plenty of us Aussies in the States who play. There are a bunch of Brits and other nationalities as well. It's time to actively promote the game. Let's start by pressuring ESPN and others to actually SHOW the game they televise. Most Americans still DON'T KNOW what cricket is ..

  • satram on June 12, 2007, 17:17 GMT

    Let the people of USA decide what they want. ICC should appoint someone to look into the matter and report back. By giving WICB to handle the matter is foolishness. WICB is in a mess itself.

  • Colin T. Bent on June 12, 2007, 17:40 GMT

    It is almost hilarious to see the comments on this issue. As a former conference and club president I saw the inner workings of the USACA and I am not at all surprised with the carryings on one bit. Our conference had a Canada vs USA game taken from us because we asked questions about the financial activities of the USACA and this after much planning and arrangements were done. After more than a decade of closeup involvement, I can safely say that US cricket will remain at the same level it is presently. I suggest that here is a lack of proper leadership and not many available who will lead the organization without selfish motives. If that person exists they have failed to come forward as of yet. I would encourage those of you who still play the game to enjoy it in your clubs and the conferences in which you compete and don't sit around looking for the US to play at any greater level of involvement than where it is right now. There are those who might contradict me but to them I say lets meet in another ten years and lets discuss it once again.