October 24, 2008

USA

USACA leaves competition in limbo

Martin Williamson

While many hoped the USA Cricket Association elections last March would herald a new era of openness and progress, the reality is that it seems to have slumped back into its bad old ways with little communication between it and its stakeholders.

The most recent high-profile event, the USA Senior National Tournament, should have started on October 10 but nothing seems to have happened and nobody knows when and if it will happen.

USACA’s unexplained failure to appoint a new chief executive is also threatening to affect the amount of funding it receives from the ICC.

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Posted by Eradicator on (November 13, 2008, 4:35 GMT)

I didn't realize Barack Obama had cricket on their agenda. Change, Proven Facts, etc. seem pretty familiar phrases in light of the recently concluded presidential election. However, while the president-elect had solidified thoughts... the 'so called' change so mentioned is (a) unplanned; (b) ad-hoc; and (c) driven by self-centered objectives. USACA is non-existent, and CCUSA's website is plastered with family and friends. Besides their claim of letting the players post their own statistics... how FAIR or ACCOUNTABLE is such practice? And does that reflect an element of self-glorification? You decide.

By the way, I am neither on the change boat nor do I support such organizations. When you assume to be in the public eye, you expose yourself to being judged. All the more reason to not pursue personal motives.

Posted by Don Bradman on (November 9, 2008, 21:31 GMT)

Firtly I am true believer that cricket is not only played but organized too as a religion. It means Hope, Faith, Committment and Contribution to Change are corner stones. Anyone that brings these values to table are GOD sent irrespective of his/her background. Also as we all know easiest thing to do in this world is PICK mistakes of others and likewise hardest thing is PICK our own mistakes. So instead of wasting time and energies pointing fingers at one another its BEST to step up and take the lead to contribute in someway or other to provide value add services which can promote CRICKET sooner or later by either associating with someone who has proven track record or doing it on our own..The choice is yours and lets not judge others unless we have proven facts in hand or seen it on our own. I am ready and prepared for this change..Are you?

Posted by Eradicator on (November 6, 2008, 16:21 GMT)

In agreement with Cricket Fan, Cricket Council USA's approach to promoting T20 cricket is worth mentioning to reflect on their hidden agendas. While I have discussed the sorry state of affairs at USACA, CCUSA that appears a better haven on the outside is deeply plagued at its roots. MAQ seems to be driven by one goal: Self-glorification. I would give him credit for taking his time, money, energy and passion for cricket and creating an organization that provides aspiring cricketers to share the stage with stars and former legends. However, decision making at CCUSA is guided more by relationships than logic. Their partner local clubs that help organize the tournaments have personal agendas that MAQ is willing to oversee, and the DC T20 that I was a part of was definitely not what an avid cricketer would define as being played in gentlemen's spirit. MAQ and CCUSA's Mantra: "We will promote T20 cricket and cricket will and should promote us." Now all depends on how you define PROMOTE!

Posted by Cricket Fan on (November 5, 2008, 14:14 GMT)

USACA needs to look at the trying to do something for the betterment of cricket. They have this tournament coming up at month end, have they started to promote it? They are even trying to short change umpires by asking them to take vacation time from their jobs and only want to pay them $70 a day for 15 games? MAQ is another lost cause where they put on their website this violin story about what people wrote here - but the truth remains - THEY HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO PAY PLAYERS OR THEY WERE NOT TAKING THE FIELD - THEY DID NOT PAY ALOT OF THE VENDORS - HE PAID WHO HE WANTED TO PAY IN FULL AND JERKED AROUND THE REST. We need to get crickt to go the rise - not what USACA and MAQ have - personal self gratification. What can be done to help raise cricket?

Posted by Eradicator on (November 4, 2008, 20:36 GMT)

The state of cricket in the United States is pretty much Sorry. I happen to be a enthusiastic cricketer that currently serves on my league's executive board and captains my league all-star team, and I am very disappointed to say that both USACA as well as MAQ's Cricket Council USA are bodies with loads of self-interest. USACA for one has no direction. Instead of providing guidance and funds to local leagues, it is always begging for money from self-funded leagues without even providing a decent platform for competitive cricket. The last USACA tournament I competed in lasted 1 game in July, and there has been no communication on the future of the tournament since then. At best USACA is a dysfunctional organization that either needs to step up timely or decently make way for some other organization to handle the cause of USA Cricket because it is definitely not going anywhere with USACA. MAQ and US Cricket Council are a story of their own...

Posted by YoungCricketer on (November 2, 2008, 14:25 GMT)

My moment of truth came when I learned that,not only has it done zilch about the national tournament, the USACA Executive has not even had a meeting in the last eight months! What the h*** is going on here?? This is supposed to be the new and improved organization that got elected into office? Give me a break. at least Quireshi and his Cricket Council is doing something for US cricket, bad-mouthing him can't take that away. Then there's Junior Cricket, and yes, I am proud to be one of them, we have done more for US cricket in two years than the USACA did in twenty. Why don't all you USACA officers just quit, and save us from being embarrassed by your behaviors-- or lack of them? Then the rest of us might get something accomplished.

Posted by Official Scorer on (October 31, 2008, 12:32 GMT)

Chris S, I respectfully disagree. Here's why. All the money for regional and national US cricket comes from the ICC-- since when have you heard of NBA, FIFA, NHL not being able to find the funds or administrators to run their own national tournament? Most serious US Cricketers will tell you that they would welcome an ICC-appointed CEO who would spend the ICC-provided funs wisely, and make the Dainty-led USACA Executive do something for US cricket at large-- and if this sounds undemocratic, so be it, six years of Dainty-style democracy have been a disaster for US cricket, and if you can't see that, you must have been on another planet for the past six years! Or are you thinking that, left to their own devices, Dainty & company won't appoint a crony or a sycophant who will help them to misuse and squander the resources that ICC will be providing from 2009 onwards? Let ICC just appoint a competent CEO who is not beholden to Dainty & Co,, and see what he can do with US cricket. Okay?

Posted by Usa cricke fan on (October 28, 2008, 19:40 GMT)

Its very sad to hear such things guys .. But facts r facts.. Icc or usca has to take sum major steps to promote cricket.. At one time cricket was very popular in us where is it now..?? U.S r always proud of being fincial strong good at sports but we r not good in cricket.. Why??? Its nt that we lack with teenage suppor there r many good palyers in US.. Us at 1 time played world cup but where v r right now???

Posted by Cricket Fan on (October 28, 2008, 17:21 GMT)

Like I said about MAQ, he is all about the $$$. He did not pay the prize money for the July 4th tournament to the winners and now he wants to promote a $100k for April 09 - lets see how he can make himself rich with this as well. Dainty only also promotes his friends. The SouthEast FL div is the most laughed at div in the whole USACA with directors that are in place. They booted a league president so Dainty can have control of South Florida. South FL has done NOTHING for cricket!

Posted by crickter in MD on (October 27, 2008, 19:42 GMT)

Danty is atleast making his usa crickters play not as Maq who is not He lies and he is not trying to promote cricket in USA He is bringing the players from outside.. How you will establish cricket in usa if you having you players from USA sitting outside and the Guest are playing.. its the bussiness proposition he is up to not to promote cricket....He is just trying to make a quick bucks...

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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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