July 20, 2007


Aussies off to the USA

Will Luke

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.


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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

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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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