USA July 20, 2007

Aussies off to the USA

Adding yet one more event to the ever-expanding program of US junior cricket, an official team representing Australia is to make their first ever tour of the USA in late August
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Deb K Das

Adding yet one more event to the ever-expanding program of US junior cricket, an official team representing Australia is to make their first ever tour of the USA in late August.

The USA tour is a stopover for the Aussies, on their way back from the West Indies after a series of matches with their counterparts in the Caribbean. Several matches are scheduled with the top US junior teams in California, on a tight and demanding schedule. The event should also serve to verify the abilities of US youth cricketers when faced with serious international competition, and this would as a benchmark for the future.

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • David Sentance on August 15, 2007, 20:04 GMT

    Young Americans will not be attracted to the ethos of cricket if we have warlord like administration. Leadership should look to encouraging cricket coaches in all arenas and eliminate any sense of superiority associated with any form of caste system. Since foundation of the American Republic cricketers have been poaching players and when Americans did want to play the game they had to found their own team. Check out the Young America Cricket Club on Wikipeadia founded in 1854 after British expatriates refused to encourage their efforts. Frankly we need leadership capable of encouraging all levels of the game instead of groups of warlords protecting their kin. US cricket has a leadership problem because of its current lack of generosity of spirit.

  • Asif Ahmad on August 10, 2007, 14:04 GMT

    David: I could not imagine an Aussie would lie, we have high regards for Aussies. I have a e-mail from you, not long ago, which says SCCA does not have any youth player who can play Cricket. The under 15 team was Citrus Valley Team, look at Pictures and the logos on Shirts. Just be realistic and tell me if Citrus Valley would not have brought the team , there would not have been a under 15 games. Please do not distort the facts.

  • shane on August 9, 2007, 17:47 GMT

    sorry my friands wrote my first thing it is true bbut still its some information id rather not share

  • David Heaney on August 9, 2007, 15:47 GMT

    Shane, Please remember that cricket is a team sport, and no one person looses the game. Each game you play is a learning process, so next time you find yourself in that position with just a few runs to get, you will keep the ball on the ground, that's it.

  • David Heaney on August 9, 2007, 15:36 GMT

    Regarding Asif's blog on July 22nd. Just to get the record straight, the team that played against the under 15 visiting Aussie youth team, was a SCCA youth team, and not Citrus Valley.

  • shane on August 7, 2007, 1:50 GMT

    im one of the people that played agianst austrilia and i was born here i just want to say we did lose the match but only cuz of me we needed ten runs of, of the last 8.3 overs and i got out on a catch and the only last good player got out on a false lBw

  • Shawn on August 4, 2007, 5:31 GMT

    Glad to see that there's light for our younger players out there! And is it really THAT much of a problem that our team wouldn't be very good? You have to begin somewhere when you have these kind of grassroots-type movements in sports, so, give it some time, maybe it will be 20 years, but it could also be a 20 years well spent!

  • Xerol Oplan on August 3, 2007, 21:20 GMT

    I'd rather see a few good teams of expats that play good cricket around the country and draw large crowds than a lot of diluted local teams that can barely fill the front row of seats. If cricket's to take a good foothold, it needs big, visible events that introduce the game to everyone.

  • Bruce on July 26, 2007, 6:47 GMT

    The domination of Asian and Caribbean cricketers in the USA isn't necessarily a problem. If not for them, who would form the backbone of the game here? The lack of USA-born cricketers? Now, THAT'S a problem. There needs to be a better effort to recruit Americans to cricket.

    As to the Aussie Juniors playing in California? Fantastic. Who better to measure how young cricketers in the USA are developing against than the best Juniors from the country that's dominated the sport for the past decade? We need more matches like these.

  • Naveen on July 25, 2007, 7:24 GMT

    The problem with USA Cricket is that the players of Asian and Caribbean origin are dominating the game. They should consider a reservation scheme so that local players can take part in order to draw local attention.

  • David Sentance on August 15, 2007, 20:04 GMT

    Young Americans will not be attracted to the ethos of cricket if we have warlord like administration. Leadership should look to encouraging cricket coaches in all arenas and eliminate any sense of superiority associated with any form of caste system. Since foundation of the American Republic cricketers have been poaching players and when Americans did want to play the game they had to found their own team. Check out the Young America Cricket Club on Wikipeadia founded in 1854 after British expatriates refused to encourage their efforts. Frankly we need leadership capable of encouraging all levels of the game instead of groups of warlords protecting their kin. US cricket has a leadership problem because of its current lack of generosity of spirit.

  • Asif Ahmad on August 10, 2007, 14:04 GMT

    David: I could not imagine an Aussie would lie, we have high regards for Aussies. I have a e-mail from you, not long ago, which says SCCA does not have any youth player who can play Cricket. The under 15 team was Citrus Valley Team, look at Pictures and the logos on Shirts. Just be realistic and tell me if Citrus Valley would not have brought the team , there would not have been a under 15 games. Please do not distort the facts.

  • shane on August 9, 2007, 17:47 GMT

    sorry my friands wrote my first thing it is true bbut still its some information id rather not share

  • David Heaney on August 9, 2007, 15:47 GMT

    Shane, Please remember that cricket is a team sport, and no one person looses the game. Each game you play is a learning process, so next time you find yourself in that position with just a few runs to get, you will keep the ball on the ground, that's it.

  • David Heaney on August 9, 2007, 15:36 GMT

    Regarding Asif's blog on July 22nd. Just to get the record straight, the team that played against the under 15 visiting Aussie youth team, was a SCCA youth team, and not Citrus Valley.

  • shane on August 7, 2007, 1:50 GMT

    im one of the people that played agianst austrilia and i was born here i just want to say we did lose the match but only cuz of me we needed ten runs of, of the last 8.3 overs and i got out on a catch and the only last good player got out on a false lBw

  • Shawn on August 4, 2007, 5:31 GMT

    Glad to see that there's light for our younger players out there! And is it really THAT much of a problem that our team wouldn't be very good? You have to begin somewhere when you have these kind of grassroots-type movements in sports, so, give it some time, maybe it will be 20 years, but it could also be a 20 years well spent!

  • Xerol Oplan on August 3, 2007, 21:20 GMT

    I'd rather see a few good teams of expats that play good cricket around the country and draw large crowds than a lot of diluted local teams that can barely fill the front row of seats. If cricket's to take a good foothold, it needs big, visible events that introduce the game to everyone.

  • Bruce on July 26, 2007, 6:47 GMT

    The domination of Asian and Caribbean cricketers in the USA isn't necessarily a problem. If not for them, who would form the backbone of the game here? The lack of USA-born cricketers? Now, THAT'S a problem. There needs to be a better effort to recruit Americans to cricket.

    As to the Aussie Juniors playing in California? Fantastic. Who better to measure how young cricketers in the USA are developing against than the best Juniors from the country that's dominated the sport for the past decade? We need more matches like these.

  • Naveen on July 25, 2007, 7:24 GMT

    The problem with USA Cricket is that the players of Asian and Caribbean origin are dominating the game. They should consider a reservation scheme so that local players can take part in order to draw local attention.

  • Josh Gibson on July 23, 2007, 11:30 GMT

    its about time, they need to get better and this might be the start they need.

  • hamza on July 23, 2007, 6:34 GMT

    aussies team should visit nothern california too??

  • Asif Ahmad on July 22, 2007, 14:45 GMT

    Youth teams from Australia stopped over at Southern California, coming from WI on their way home. There were two games played with Citrus Valley under 15 youth team and SCCA under 19 team. The games were played at Woodley Park cricket grounds under beautiful sunny skies. The Aussies were stunned to see the faciliity and the skill level of junior cricket in Southern California. They are planning to have regular matches between the two youth sides. This will be great for youth cricket development. The only sad part is that Southern California Cricket Association Executives did not inform teams in a timley manner, as more games could have been scheduled. this was after talking to Aus team management. Long Live Cricket. See pics on Citrusvalleyjuniorcricketacademy.com

  • Mabank on July 22, 2007, 1:24 GMT

    No, THIS IS OUTRAGOUS, USA SHOULD NOT ALLOW THEM TO COME THIS A DISGRACE AND THEY SHOULD PLAY AS LITTLE CRICKET AS POSSIBLE!!

  • Scouzer on July 20, 2007, 15:46 GMT

    Great to see the US being included in scheduling for Junior cricket with leading nations like Australia. This can only be a positive for the players in the US to be able to experience playing against a nation where cricket is so strong.

  • Scott on July 20, 2007, 15:27 GMT

    what ridiculous........cricket in the US aint gonna work......america cant play EVERY sport in the world....crickets not gonna work...itll take 20 years for them to develop a decent team...just another minnow team

  • Udarie on July 20, 2007, 14:08 GMT

    I think this is a idea for cricket in the USA Thank you ICC

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  • Udarie on July 20, 2007, 14:08 GMT

    I think this is a idea for cricket in the USA Thank you ICC

  • Scott on July 20, 2007, 15:27 GMT

    what ridiculous........cricket in the US aint gonna work......america cant play EVERY sport in the world....crickets not gonna work...itll take 20 years for them to develop a decent team...just another minnow team

  • Scouzer on July 20, 2007, 15:46 GMT

    Great to see the US being included in scheduling for Junior cricket with leading nations like Australia. This can only be a positive for the players in the US to be able to experience playing against a nation where cricket is so strong.

  • Mabank on July 22, 2007, 1:24 GMT

    No, THIS IS OUTRAGOUS, USA SHOULD NOT ALLOW THEM TO COME THIS A DISGRACE AND THEY SHOULD PLAY AS LITTLE CRICKET AS POSSIBLE!!

  • Asif Ahmad on July 22, 2007, 14:45 GMT

    Youth teams from Australia stopped over at Southern California, coming from WI on their way home. There were two games played with Citrus Valley under 15 youth team and SCCA under 19 team. The games were played at Woodley Park cricket grounds under beautiful sunny skies. The Aussies were stunned to see the faciliity and the skill level of junior cricket in Southern California. They are planning to have regular matches between the two youth sides. This will be great for youth cricket development. The only sad part is that Southern California Cricket Association Executives did not inform teams in a timley manner, as more games could have been scheduled. this was after talking to Aus team management. Long Live Cricket. See pics on Citrusvalleyjuniorcricketacademy.com

  • hamza on July 23, 2007, 6:34 GMT

    aussies team should visit nothern california too??

  • Josh Gibson on July 23, 2007, 11:30 GMT

    its about time, they need to get better and this might be the start they need.

  • Naveen on July 25, 2007, 7:24 GMT

    The problem with USA Cricket is that the players of Asian and Caribbean origin are dominating the game. They should consider a reservation scheme so that local players can take part in order to draw local attention.

  • Bruce on July 26, 2007, 6:47 GMT

    The domination of Asian and Caribbean cricketers in the USA isn't necessarily a problem. If not for them, who would form the backbone of the game here? The lack of USA-born cricketers? Now, THAT'S a problem. There needs to be a better effort to recruit Americans to cricket.

    As to the Aussie Juniors playing in California? Fantastic. Who better to measure how young cricketers in the USA are developing against than the best Juniors from the country that's dominated the sport for the past decade? We need more matches like these.

  • Xerol Oplan on August 3, 2007, 21:20 GMT

    I'd rather see a few good teams of expats that play good cricket around the country and draw large crowds than a lot of diluted local teams that can barely fill the front row of seats. If cricket's to take a good foothold, it needs big, visible events that introduce the game to everyone.