USA February 1, 2009

USACA's inactions speak louder than words

While the intentions of the USA Cricket Association might be genuine, it hardly sets out to help itself.
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While the intentions of the USA Cricket Association might be genuine, it hardly sets out to help itself.

Last weekend’s annual meeting was arguably one of its most important given that the ICC’s patience with the ongoing lack of transparency and failure to appoint of CEO is well documented. A reasonable person might expect that stakeholders would be kept in the loop. And yet for several days around the meeting the USACA website was down and while it has now resurfaced, it has nothing about the meeting other than a feeble month-old message advertising the date and location.

Thousands of clubs manage to run small sites so it is utterly unacceptable that a board receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from the ICC in grants cannot manage to run a simple website. It’s been the case for several years and despite lots of bullish promises, nothing has changed.

Critics point out, with increasing justification, how on earth can an executive who continuously fail to do the basics with any degree of professionalism be trusted to look after the interests of the cricket fraternity in the USA.

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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  • Deb K. Das on April 16, 2009, 8:28 GMT

    I had promised earlier that I wouldn't waste any unnecessary space on Cricinfo-- but I can't help asking: is there going to be a US-Canada match this year?? So far, no one seems to have heard a word about any Western SuperLeague semi-finals-- least of all, the folks who are supposed to be preparing the turf wickets on which they are to be held. Will this be the year, then, that there will be no USA-Canada match? This would be a classic confrontation if it is to come off. Well, too bad. A very sad day for US Cricket-- a landmark which none of us really need.

  • Deb K Das on April 3, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    Thank you for your comments, South African player. Your words are right on the money, literally as well as metaphorically. As someone who has been covering North American cricket for 40-plus years, I suppose I could be labelled an "Old Codger"--I admit,the label does fit my proclivities! For me, the real eye-openers have been the article by Gideon H of Australia in Cricinfo magazine, mercilessly exposing what ICC has and has not been doing in world cricket; and the observations penned by the two Tonys-- Cozier and Munro-- who I respect, and consider to be my role models. I should also add Martin Williamson and ANdrew Miller to my list; I deeply respect them, they have taught me a great deal about how to confront the Brave New World of global cricket in the New Millenium. Well, enough of the bouquets (a change from the brickbats that are more my customary style!) I promise to continue in my acerbic mode, and look forward to your thoughts, at Dkdas@aol.com.

  • South African player on March 27, 2009, 7:30 GMT

    It seems that there are politics in sport all over the world. The best thing that any player can do is to be 150% better than they are at the present moment. If you score the runs or take the wickets consistently then nothing can stand in your way. Use your energy positively spend more time playing than moaning. Your country is not immune to politics as it happens in every cricket playing nation. Just because you score 1 100 or take 5 wickets once does not give you a right to start blaming people for not being selected at a higher level. Sometimes it take years to get there and can only be achieved through consistency. So keep working harder than aver and I promise you that you will be recognized. So enjoy what you doing and be positive....

  • Official Scorer on March 19, 2009, 16:38 GMT

    Hey, Vicky, I don't thimk that's the way things are working out in US Cricket. For one thing, there is a strong Caribbean component in US teams-- starting with skipper Steve Massiah, I guess at least 4 or 5 of any representative USA team would be from the Caribbean. Secondly, more and more USA Team members, especially at Junior (U-17) but also Senior levels, are US-born, or are bona fide immigrants or permanent residents-- ethnic origins are less and less of a factor in team selections, I am happy to say, as they should indeed be. As to "mainstreaming", which is what you may be thinking about, what it will take is for ICC to insist that the USACA Executive live up to its own explicit commitments which it adopted but then "tabled for future consideration" ! The ball is in YOUR court, ICC-- so pick up and run with it, okay? :-)

  • Vicky on March 16, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    Being a true Cricket fan, I want to see more and more natives to play for USA. Ask me, I will love to see Americans play this favorite game of mine BUT it will not for cricket in US if only south-asians represent the nation.

    I myself am an South-asian but would love to see the interest of locals to represent their country proudly. honestly, I will not like to see 4 Indians, 3 Pakistanis, 2 Lankans and 2 locals as a US team.

    No hard feelings!!!

    Cheers

  • young cricketer on March 11, 2009, 1:13 GMT

    according to rumors circulating on the internet, the annual USA vs Canada Test Match which has been played since 1841 is definitely on-- either in the San Francisco area or in the Woodley Park complex in Los Angeles. No less than four world record holders are participating on both sides-- and Davison from Canada, and Kearney from USA will be facing off against each other for the first time. Over the past four years, both Canada and USA have defeated each and every Associate Member in ICC-sanctioned ODI tournaments-- I repeat, EACH AND EVERY ASSOCIATE MEMBER on the ICC Membership list!! Canada does have the edge in match-ups with the USA at the senior level, but the two countries are very evenly matched in Junior (U-17) Cricket-- and both seniors and juniors will be featured in this year's USA v Canad Test matchup. Mark your calendars, get ready to cheer, and BE THERE, okay? Chak de, USA !!

  • Official Scorer on March 10, 2009, 10:32 GMT

    Hey, Shyam, I couldn't agree with you more. Except for one thing-- I am not altogether persuaded about BCCI'S intentions; my feeling is that at the very least, it may be talking to the wrong people, not those who have any direct knowledge of what is going on in the actual fields in this country. Still, things ought to work out if BCCI plays its cards carefully. Here's hoping for the best--Chak de, USA !

  • Shyam on March 10, 2009, 6:39 GMT

    It sucks how a few years ago the united states team was in division 1 and how they were removed because of some incompetent administration!

    Which actually means that the USA has the capability of playing in division 1. Cricket is not such hard game and everybody has their day so id say in a 20-20 match USA can compete with any other team including the best on their day. With a lot of practice of course.

    And now with Imran Khan as the manager I'd say things are going the right way. According to my lil world any country wanting to do something in cricket should take advice from the BCCI. Indian cricket can be called the USA of the cricketing world, just like the US is or was with President Bush in office.

    When you have countries like Jersey or Papa New Guinea and all these small islands that are on a higher level than USA its kind of a shame. On a personal level i practice cricket in India and plan on going to Australia with the goal of playing on the American team. See you guys there.

  • Young Crucketer on March 9, 2009, 2:09 GMT

    NO, SP we don't need people from Australia and England-- not that I have anything against the Aussies and the Brits, they are more than welcome to come here and participate, but we have talent enough locally to put on a good show, esp at the Junior level but also the senior level, as has been pointed out. So lets get going , guys-- less "baqwaas" and more action, please? Chak de, USA!

  • SP on March 5, 2009, 14:29 GMT

    Unless people from Aus + England come forward and take over this mess, this can't be resolved. Period!

  • Deb K. Das on April 16, 2009, 8:28 GMT

    I had promised earlier that I wouldn't waste any unnecessary space on Cricinfo-- but I can't help asking: is there going to be a US-Canada match this year?? So far, no one seems to have heard a word about any Western SuperLeague semi-finals-- least of all, the folks who are supposed to be preparing the turf wickets on which they are to be held. Will this be the year, then, that there will be no USA-Canada match? This would be a classic confrontation if it is to come off. Well, too bad. A very sad day for US Cricket-- a landmark which none of us really need.

  • Deb K Das on April 3, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    Thank you for your comments, South African player. Your words are right on the money, literally as well as metaphorically. As someone who has been covering North American cricket for 40-plus years, I suppose I could be labelled an "Old Codger"--I admit,the label does fit my proclivities! For me, the real eye-openers have been the article by Gideon H of Australia in Cricinfo magazine, mercilessly exposing what ICC has and has not been doing in world cricket; and the observations penned by the two Tonys-- Cozier and Munro-- who I respect, and consider to be my role models. I should also add Martin Williamson and ANdrew Miller to my list; I deeply respect them, they have taught me a great deal about how to confront the Brave New World of global cricket in the New Millenium. Well, enough of the bouquets (a change from the brickbats that are more my customary style!) I promise to continue in my acerbic mode, and look forward to your thoughts, at Dkdas@aol.com.

  • South African player on March 27, 2009, 7:30 GMT

    It seems that there are politics in sport all over the world. The best thing that any player can do is to be 150% better than they are at the present moment. If you score the runs or take the wickets consistently then nothing can stand in your way. Use your energy positively spend more time playing than moaning. Your country is not immune to politics as it happens in every cricket playing nation. Just because you score 1 100 or take 5 wickets once does not give you a right to start blaming people for not being selected at a higher level. Sometimes it take years to get there and can only be achieved through consistency. So keep working harder than aver and I promise you that you will be recognized. So enjoy what you doing and be positive....

  • Official Scorer on March 19, 2009, 16:38 GMT

    Hey, Vicky, I don't thimk that's the way things are working out in US Cricket. For one thing, there is a strong Caribbean component in US teams-- starting with skipper Steve Massiah, I guess at least 4 or 5 of any representative USA team would be from the Caribbean. Secondly, more and more USA Team members, especially at Junior (U-17) but also Senior levels, are US-born, or are bona fide immigrants or permanent residents-- ethnic origins are less and less of a factor in team selections, I am happy to say, as they should indeed be. As to "mainstreaming", which is what you may be thinking about, what it will take is for ICC to insist that the USACA Executive live up to its own explicit commitments which it adopted but then "tabled for future consideration" ! The ball is in YOUR court, ICC-- so pick up and run with it, okay? :-)

  • Vicky on March 16, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    Being a true Cricket fan, I want to see more and more natives to play for USA. Ask me, I will love to see Americans play this favorite game of mine BUT it will not for cricket in US if only south-asians represent the nation.

    I myself am an South-asian but would love to see the interest of locals to represent their country proudly. honestly, I will not like to see 4 Indians, 3 Pakistanis, 2 Lankans and 2 locals as a US team.

    No hard feelings!!!

    Cheers

  • young cricketer on March 11, 2009, 1:13 GMT

    according to rumors circulating on the internet, the annual USA vs Canada Test Match which has been played since 1841 is definitely on-- either in the San Francisco area or in the Woodley Park complex in Los Angeles. No less than four world record holders are participating on both sides-- and Davison from Canada, and Kearney from USA will be facing off against each other for the first time. Over the past four years, both Canada and USA have defeated each and every Associate Member in ICC-sanctioned ODI tournaments-- I repeat, EACH AND EVERY ASSOCIATE MEMBER on the ICC Membership list!! Canada does have the edge in match-ups with the USA at the senior level, but the two countries are very evenly matched in Junior (U-17) Cricket-- and both seniors and juniors will be featured in this year's USA v Canad Test matchup. Mark your calendars, get ready to cheer, and BE THERE, okay? Chak de, USA !!

  • Official Scorer on March 10, 2009, 10:32 GMT

    Hey, Shyam, I couldn't agree with you more. Except for one thing-- I am not altogether persuaded about BCCI'S intentions; my feeling is that at the very least, it may be talking to the wrong people, not those who have any direct knowledge of what is going on in the actual fields in this country. Still, things ought to work out if BCCI plays its cards carefully. Here's hoping for the best--Chak de, USA !

  • Shyam on March 10, 2009, 6:39 GMT

    It sucks how a few years ago the united states team was in division 1 and how they were removed because of some incompetent administration!

    Which actually means that the USA has the capability of playing in division 1. Cricket is not such hard game and everybody has their day so id say in a 20-20 match USA can compete with any other team including the best on their day. With a lot of practice of course.

    And now with Imran Khan as the manager I'd say things are going the right way. According to my lil world any country wanting to do something in cricket should take advice from the BCCI. Indian cricket can be called the USA of the cricketing world, just like the US is or was with President Bush in office.

    When you have countries like Jersey or Papa New Guinea and all these small islands that are on a higher level than USA its kind of a shame. On a personal level i practice cricket in India and plan on going to Australia with the goal of playing on the American team. See you guys there.

  • Young Crucketer on March 9, 2009, 2:09 GMT

    NO, SP we don't need people from Australia and England-- not that I have anything against the Aussies and the Brits, they are more than welcome to come here and participate, but we have talent enough locally to put on a good show, esp at the Junior level but also the senior level, as has been pointed out. So lets get going , guys-- less "baqwaas" and more action, please? Chak de, USA!

  • SP on March 5, 2009, 14:29 GMT

    Unless people from Aus + England come forward and take over this mess, this can't be resolved. Period!

  • Troy on March 4, 2009, 9:42 GMT

    Mr. Imran. Is there any way to contact you. Please let me know. Also, like a lot of the guys here, i am also a young cricketer, 20 years old. I have played cricket in India, not at a high level, but at school level and i am continuing to play here for the past two-three years. I have been improving as a wicket keeper and a top order batsman. All i need is just one chance and only one chance to play with the big guys, so that i can prove my talent and hopefully catch the eyes of the selectors. Even if i am not selected i can be happy that the selectors had got a chance to see me play and if i can improve, like i am doing right now, i can be satisfied that i may get a call up in the future. But all it takes is just one chance for me to play or at least go to a camp or train with the guys. If Mr. Imran reads this, if u can provide me some contact info, i can send you my details. Email is vkv2007@gmail.com. Please consider..

  • OldTimer on March 1, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    Mr. Khan-- I agree with most of your points, but with a few caveats. 1. USA Captain, Steve Massiah, expressed great dissatisfaction with MR. Lambert as coach, in a published interview on Cricinfo. His views need to be taken seriously. 2. So far, Mr. Chic Masood is the only person I know who has been available for, and has taken direct action towards, getting USA teams to international tournaments. Yes, the credit does, and should, belong to the players, as I am sure he would be the first to agree. But IMO, without Mr. Masood, there was/is simply no one around USACA who seems capable of doing anything about putting a USA team on the field-- sad,and totally absurd, but unfortunately true. 3. Cash is not, repeat not, the problem. As ICC has emphasized, and Cricinfo repeatedly confirmed, the money is in place-- but what is missing is any real plan of action to avail of these funds, let alone any admin leadership to carry out such a plan. Sorry, Imran, that's the plain fact.

  • OldTimer on March 1, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    Mr. Khan-- I agree with most of your points, but with a few caveats.

    1. USA Captain, Steve Massiah, expressed great dissatisfaction with MR. Lambert as coach, in a published interview on Cricinfo. His views need to be taken seriously.

    2. So far, Mr. Chic Masood is the only person I know who has been available for, and has taken direct action towards, getting USA teams to international tournaments. Yes, the credit does, and should, belong to the players, as I am sure he would be the first to agree. But IMO, without Mr. Masood, there was/is simply no one around USACA who seems capable of doing anything about putting a USA team on the field-- sad,and totally absurd, but unfortunately true.

    3. Cash is not, repeat not, the problem. As ICC has emphasized, and Cricinfo repeatedly confirmed, the money is in place-- but what is missing is any real plan of action to avail of these funds, let alone any admin leadership to carry out such a plan. Sorry, Imran, that's the plain fact.

  • Nor on February 28, 2009, 5:54 GMT

    Mr. Kahn... numbers 2 and 4 on your list are exactly my points. yes your players have first class experience but don't forget they age... and there is always new and coming talent out there.

    and what type of selection system are you running here? are you telling me those 3 are the only ones who play a role in selecting who plays?

  • Imran Khan on February 27, 2009, 19:21 GMT

    I think that is a good point (Mr/Mrs.) Interesting! There is a certain amount of frustration at not being able to carry on the good work. We have a lot of talent both on and off the field but there is no infrastructure to support its growth and development. I think getting funding in the US is not a problem. These lame excuses have really hampered our efforts. In reality we should have a professional league or tournament going. There are sports which have less participants and receive almost zero publicity and yet generate higher revenues for their respective sports because they are organized and have a professional attitude! However, the US team and its playing staff are as good as any at the ICC Associates level and I am convinced that if I was presented with a budget to work with, Clayton Lambert and I would make sure the US qualified for the World Cup (2015). We have the talent, knowledge and ability! We know what is possible! Anyhow appreciate all the emails and comments!

  • Interesting... on February 26, 2009, 14:41 GMT

    Fair comments Imran, but with a functional USACA your selected team of cricketers MIGHT be able to gain the opportunity of competing at levels considerably higher than ICC Americas level.

    Additionally, with a better governing body in place, the pool of available cricketers for you to choose a team from would likely be higher, as could the number and quality of facilities available to your squads to practice and play at.

    Sadly, the USA team and USACA might be different issues, but they are related and cannot be divorced from each other - I think other posters feel let down by the governing body which, ultimately, affects both you, your team and the cricket-playing public in the US.

  • Imran Khan on February 24, 2009, 7:19 GMT

    I AM THE CURRENT NATIONAL SELECTOR AND MANAGER OF THE USA TEAM! I WANT TO MAKE A FEW POINTS CLEAR: 1. THE USA SENIOR SIDE HAS JUST RECENTLY WON THE ICC AMERICAS CUP BY THRASHING ALL OPPOSITION. THIS INCLUDED BOTH BERMUDA AND CANADA (WORLD CUP, DIV 1 TEAMS!) 2. THIS USA TEAM IS THE BEST TEAM TO HAVE EVER BEEN ASSEMBLED! THERE WAS NO PLAYER IN THE SQUAD WHO DID NOT POSSESS SOME FORM OF FIRST CLASS EXPERIENCE! 3. USACA AND THE USA TEAM ARE 2 DIFFERENT ISSUES, SO PLEASE DO NOT CONFUSE THEM! 4. THE COACH, MANAGER AND CAPTAIN ARE THE SOLE SELECTORS AT THE CURRENT TIME! 5. AS THE NATIONAL SELECTOR, THE TEAM I SIGNED OFF AND THUS SELECTED WAS CHOSEN FROM AN EXCELLENT POOL OF PLAYERS! 6. DURING THE COURSE OF 2 RECENT TOURS WE GAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO NO LESS THAN 20 + PLAYERS AND 3 YOUTH PLAYERS! 7. THE SENIOR TEAM THAT WON THE ICC AMERICAS 5-0 RECORDED AN UNPRECEDENTED VICTORY, THAT INCLUDED BEST BATSMAN AWARD, BEST BOWLER AND 5 DIFFERENT MAN OF THE MATCH AWARDS 8.GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE!

  • G B Tiede on February 24, 2009, 1:02 GMT

    OldTimer, your enthusiasm for US cricket is valuable but it's running ahead of the facts. The Americas tournament was not a WC Qualifier. The WCQ will be held in April in South Africa, and I doubt many would agree that USA are better than all but a handful of those attending. We were relegated to WCL Division 5 for administrative reasons following suspension, but we remain there because of our performance. Meanwhile, there are no minutes of the AGM a full month ago, no CEO, and still no word of the 2008 Senior Super League Tournament [supposed to be last fall].

  • OldTimer on February 22, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    You are quite correct about the state of affairs in the USACA, unfortunately. And, for what it is worth, every one else, including the ICC, recognizes this as well--no one is dealing with USACA any more, as the headline story on the Cricinfo USA page will show you. But as you have said, there's nothing wrong with the quality of cricket in the USA-- we did capture just about every batting and bowling honor in the recent WC Qualifying Americas tournament, and probably rank #4 or #5 among the Associates today.

    For the present, the best advice I can offer is to contact Chic Masood, whose direct e-mail is masoodchic@aol.com. I have worked with him for many years, and IMO he has to be given the credit for ensuring that representative US teams have shown up on the field and performed as well as they have done. Keep it up, guys-- and a fervent GodBless from me, too. Cheers, from OldTimer.

  • Puttur on February 21, 2009, 2:33 GMT

    Hey oldtimer.. It seems you have allot info and faith in USACA, which is definetly needed here in the US, but the people really don't . I am sure you can understand their point of view aswell (prior USACA history) . As for what Nor and Dahiya said .. I kind off agree with them. I am also a young cricketer, I started playing 3 years ago and have been selected to play in the National tournaments for the last 2. I have performed just as well as anyone that is currently in the US team but still it seems that I am in the same situation as I was 2 years ago. What I want to say is that getting selected or even getting a chance to try out for the team is just never organized, no one to contact ,nothing is posted on time. I personally know that you have to be called up by USACA through some recommendations by influencing members of USACA. Basically there is no guideline or set procedure to get recognized . But as for quality of cricket in USA , we are on an UPRISE and we will succeed.GodBless

  • Nor on February 19, 2009, 19:20 GMT

    official scorer: if my attitude wasnt upbeat and positive, i would not be playing cricket in a country where the majority dosent even know the sport.. i could have stuck to baseball and had better chances of going pro so id say dedication is in the right place haha. i might be complaining a bit but any young serious cricketer in the US will tell you exactly what im saying my man. and if your reporting junior cricket, hook me up then dude, obviously you know the ins and outs... instead of inaccurately labelling me as a sourpuss, put that energy to good use and help out all these young cricketers eager to play.

  • Jeff on February 18, 2009, 0:03 GMT

    there are two leagues in the USA when youth cricketers can play for free. Both in NYC- the Public School Athletic Leagues (PSAL) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Twenty20 Cup.

  • Young Cricketer on February 14, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    M. Dahiya, where exactly are you located in the USA? Without that info, it is impossible for me or anyone else to suggest who to contact or what to do about it. As it is, if you "picked up my bat after ten years", you can hardly expect any one, much less selectors, to know enough about you to select you for anything! That applies in the USA as well as India, which you obviously know about. There ARE people here who can help you, if you make the effort to help yourself.

  • OldTimer on February 14, 2009, 4:18 GMT

    To Mr. Dahiya--If you are really serious Contact Mr. Chic Masood, at Massodchic @ aol.com. He is a senior member of USACA's selection committee-- he may even be the Chair of the Committee, altho I am not sure of that. There are several tournaments that the USA is participating in during the next month or two, and Mr. Masood will undoubtedly have the info on where and when the team trials and selections will take place. Good luck.

  • Vin Dahiya on February 12, 2009, 10:33 GMT

    i started playing cricket since the day i can remember as a kid, i think bat n ball are the first toys my father bought fr me. i played and trained very hard everyday of the week till i was 18. i auditioned fr the under14, under 16, under 19 teams but was never selected not tht i was not talented but because i didn't anybody who knew selectors or help me get selected. this was not in usa but in the cricket religion nation of india. i was training under sarkar talwar at nahar singh stadium in faridabad, haryana, india. so take heart in knowing tht just like competing fr any job and anywhere in the world regardless of ur talent, it helps to know someone who knows someone. i am in usa now, picked up my bat after 10 yrs scored a 30ball 50 against a decent attack. but does it mean anything NO!!!. I WOULD LOVE TO PLAY CRICKET FR USA. but i don't know anybody who knows anybody who can help me get selected. thts called cricket politics, too bad they don't train us to play tht. godblessamerica

  • OldTimer on February 11, 2009, 13:15 GMT

    Whatever else may be happening with USACA,the quality and quantity of cricket in USA has been improving in leaps and bounds in the past two seasons-- and the momentum is accelerating. Nominally, USA probably ranks at #11 or #12, at the bottom of the list of ICC Associates, but IMO its recent performances would put it as high as #6 or #7, just behind the Test-playing nations. And in Junior (Under-17) cricket, it probably ranks #2 or #3, again in terms of actual and verifiable performances. The three co-holders of world records are all from the USA,making the List-A rankings. We might as well wish the USACA Executive a not-too-fond farewell. They had their chance to re-establish their credentials, they blew it, and little more needs to be said on that sad topic.

  • Official Scorer on February 8, 2009, 12:54 GMT

    Hey, Nor-- I think you are overstating the case. I have been watching and reporting on Junior Cricket for a long time, and while "knowing a guy who knows a guy" can help, there's much less than that in the well-developed junior and young-adult programs I have observed first-hand. Come to think of it-- isn't that how things work in amateur baseball? Or where you work-- or what community groups and activities you asspcoate with?? The only place I can think of where this doesn't happen is in entirely solo activities, like playing video games, doing crosswords-- you get the idea. So, develop a more positrive attitude, make friends with your peers among the cricketers, find the coaches and show them how interested you really are in playing more cricket-- in short, act less like a sourpuss-- sorry for the blunt language but that's how I see it-- and you WILL get to play, believe me. Try it-- you will like it.

  • Official Scorer on February 8, 2009, 3:34 GMT

    There is also the matter of the proposal to shift the basis for funding of US cricket from per-club (as at present) to a per-person membership basis over a 5- or 10-year period, which was formally presented to the USACA Executive and approved in principle, then was tabled "for future Consideration"! Would it be too much to have the ICC make the USACA act on its own promises?? (Copies of the 13- or 14-item proposal can be found and made available to ICC if it has somehow been "mislaid"-- I will volunteer to find a copy if needed. The point is, if ICC is really interested in getting US cricket to become fully accountable and self-sufficent as well as democratic-- we keep hearing that this is what ICC "really" wants-- it can make sure that promises and commitments made by the USACA Executive are lived up to. Otherwise, except for Junior Cricket, all of ICC's talk has to be considered "baat-ke-waste", i.e merely emplty rhetoric. Sorry, ICC, that's how it looks from here.

  • OldTimer on February 6, 2009, 14:07 GMT

    An exception needs to be made for the Junior Cricketers in the USA, who have established a three-year track record of never having a single match against anybody except the Australians who they lost to by one wicket, then came back to beat them by 2 wickets (50-over matches}. Their secret? Close cooperation between the 10 or so junior cricket programs run by dedicated volunteer coaches, support and encouragement by persons like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting (Sachin;s brother, and former WI Test Cricketer Larry Gomes, have coached the Juniors idwe professional contracts), and not a single penny from USACA or ICC; in factthey cover part or all of the kids' travel costs with donations from local sponsors! As a result, the first World Cup to be staged entirely on North American soil will be played next year, and it will feature the Juniors. Way to go, kids-- and the real way to play cricket in the USA.

  • Nor on February 3, 2009, 22:35 GMT

    im an ex-baseball player currently playing cricket for a massachusettes league. im a sophmore in college(aka young talent). i take cricket very seriously and would love to peak and play for America, but given the current state of affairs... why should i? why train hard everyday knowing that someones newphew who is worse than me will get a spot just because their uncle knows a guy who knows a guy? its rediculous! ICC you need to step in! USACA is ignoring young and upcoming talent for their own greed. if America is to ever have a shot at International cricket, something needs to be done!

  • Fabian on February 3, 2009, 3:04 GMT

    This is so true about USACA ! They are like a closed circuit organization with no transparency at all. Each year many young talents show their skills in the national tournaments and somehow there is always the same old team selected of players that no one knows , they are selected by word of mouth,friendly contacts with USACA officials and are usually X professional cricketer, who have surpassed their prime. This only provides the team USA a short time solution and has led to constant disbelief in the system and failure in the progress of US cricket.

    USACA has not provided any support to develop the game at national level. has no marketing strategy , no real active Officials, no international standard grounds nor facilities and never have held any international standard tournament to promote cricket. The website is just a shame aswell. It is time that the ICC steps in and have real elections and select a competent official board and set some standard restrictions and demands on them

  • Fayt on February 2, 2009, 18:06 GMT

    It is indeed a sad state of affairs for United States cricket. I play in two different leagues around the Midwest region, the ACC (American Cricket Conference) and the MCC (Midwest Cricket Club) and it is so disappointing to me that my team has to pay $4000 in order to play our beloved game because these business freaks own the grounds.

    In this country, you can't even play cricket for free. I personally know countless people who go to Florida to play the Under 16s and the Under 19s and NONE of them are deserving of it but make it just because they know people. In a nutshell, if your brother/dad/uncle/relative knows someone running a league(s), chances are you'll play the high-profile games and THATS WHY the united states has a **** cricket team.. because very very few players make it to the highest level with pure skill here.. wherea a lot of people (people i PERSONALLY KNOW) make it because they KNOW people... :'(

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  • Fayt on February 2, 2009, 18:06 GMT

    It is indeed a sad state of affairs for United States cricket. I play in two different leagues around the Midwest region, the ACC (American Cricket Conference) and the MCC (Midwest Cricket Club) and it is so disappointing to me that my team has to pay $4000 in order to play our beloved game because these business freaks own the grounds.

    In this country, you can't even play cricket for free. I personally know countless people who go to Florida to play the Under 16s and the Under 19s and NONE of them are deserving of it but make it just because they know people. In a nutshell, if your brother/dad/uncle/relative knows someone running a league(s), chances are you'll play the high-profile games and THATS WHY the united states has a **** cricket team.. because very very few players make it to the highest level with pure skill here.. wherea a lot of people (people i PERSONALLY KNOW) make it because they KNOW people... :'(

  • Fabian on February 3, 2009, 3:04 GMT

    This is so true about USACA ! They are like a closed circuit organization with no transparency at all. Each year many young talents show their skills in the national tournaments and somehow there is always the same old team selected of players that no one knows , they are selected by word of mouth,friendly contacts with USACA officials and are usually X professional cricketer, who have surpassed their prime. This only provides the team USA a short time solution and has led to constant disbelief in the system and failure in the progress of US cricket.

    USACA has not provided any support to develop the game at national level. has no marketing strategy , no real active Officials, no international standard grounds nor facilities and never have held any international standard tournament to promote cricket. The website is just a shame aswell. It is time that the ICC steps in and have real elections and select a competent official board and set some standard restrictions and demands on them

  • Nor on February 3, 2009, 22:35 GMT

    im an ex-baseball player currently playing cricket for a massachusettes league. im a sophmore in college(aka young talent). i take cricket very seriously and would love to peak and play for America, but given the current state of affairs... why should i? why train hard everyday knowing that someones newphew who is worse than me will get a spot just because their uncle knows a guy who knows a guy? its rediculous! ICC you need to step in! USACA is ignoring young and upcoming talent for their own greed. if America is to ever have a shot at International cricket, something needs to be done!

  • OldTimer on February 6, 2009, 14:07 GMT

    An exception needs to be made for the Junior Cricketers in the USA, who have established a three-year track record of never having a single match against anybody except the Australians who they lost to by one wicket, then came back to beat them by 2 wickets (50-over matches}. Their secret? Close cooperation between the 10 or so junior cricket programs run by dedicated volunteer coaches, support and encouragement by persons like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting (Sachin;s brother, and former WI Test Cricketer Larry Gomes, have coached the Juniors idwe professional contracts), and not a single penny from USACA or ICC; in factthey cover part or all of the kids' travel costs with donations from local sponsors! As a result, the first World Cup to be staged entirely on North American soil will be played next year, and it will feature the Juniors. Way to go, kids-- and the real way to play cricket in the USA.

  • Official Scorer on February 8, 2009, 3:34 GMT

    There is also the matter of the proposal to shift the basis for funding of US cricket from per-club (as at present) to a per-person membership basis over a 5- or 10-year period, which was formally presented to the USACA Executive and approved in principle, then was tabled "for future Consideration"! Would it be too much to have the ICC make the USACA act on its own promises?? (Copies of the 13- or 14-item proposal can be found and made available to ICC if it has somehow been "mislaid"-- I will volunteer to find a copy if needed. The point is, if ICC is really interested in getting US cricket to become fully accountable and self-sufficent as well as democratic-- we keep hearing that this is what ICC "really" wants-- it can make sure that promises and commitments made by the USACA Executive are lived up to. Otherwise, except for Junior Cricket, all of ICC's talk has to be considered "baat-ke-waste", i.e merely emplty rhetoric. Sorry, ICC, that's how it looks from here.

  • Official Scorer on February 8, 2009, 12:54 GMT

    Hey, Nor-- I think you are overstating the case. I have been watching and reporting on Junior Cricket for a long time, and while "knowing a guy who knows a guy" can help, there's much less than that in the well-developed junior and young-adult programs I have observed first-hand. Come to think of it-- isn't that how things work in amateur baseball? Or where you work-- or what community groups and activities you asspcoate with?? The only place I can think of where this doesn't happen is in entirely solo activities, like playing video games, doing crosswords-- you get the idea. So, develop a more positrive attitude, make friends with your peers among the cricketers, find the coaches and show them how interested you really are in playing more cricket-- in short, act less like a sourpuss-- sorry for the blunt language but that's how I see it-- and you WILL get to play, believe me. Try it-- you will like it.

  • OldTimer on February 11, 2009, 13:15 GMT

    Whatever else may be happening with USACA,the quality and quantity of cricket in USA has been improving in leaps and bounds in the past two seasons-- and the momentum is accelerating. Nominally, USA probably ranks at #11 or #12, at the bottom of the list of ICC Associates, but IMO its recent performances would put it as high as #6 or #7, just behind the Test-playing nations. And in Junior (Under-17) cricket, it probably ranks #2 or #3, again in terms of actual and verifiable performances. The three co-holders of world records are all from the USA,making the List-A rankings. We might as well wish the USACA Executive a not-too-fond farewell. They had their chance to re-establish their credentials, they blew it, and little more needs to be said on that sad topic.

  • Vin Dahiya on February 12, 2009, 10:33 GMT

    i started playing cricket since the day i can remember as a kid, i think bat n ball are the first toys my father bought fr me. i played and trained very hard everyday of the week till i was 18. i auditioned fr the under14, under 16, under 19 teams but was never selected not tht i was not talented but because i didn't anybody who knew selectors or help me get selected. this was not in usa but in the cricket religion nation of india. i was training under sarkar talwar at nahar singh stadium in faridabad, haryana, india. so take heart in knowing tht just like competing fr any job and anywhere in the world regardless of ur talent, it helps to know someone who knows someone. i am in usa now, picked up my bat after 10 yrs scored a 30ball 50 against a decent attack. but does it mean anything NO!!!. I WOULD LOVE TO PLAY CRICKET FR USA. but i don't know anybody who knows anybody who can help me get selected. thts called cricket politics, too bad they don't train us to play tht. godblessamerica

  • OldTimer on February 14, 2009, 4:18 GMT

    To Mr. Dahiya--If you are really serious Contact Mr. Chic Masood, at Massodchic @ aol.com. He is a senior member of USACA's selection committee-- he may even be the Chair of the Committee, altho I am not sure of that. There are several tournaments that the USA is participating in during the next month or two, and Mr. Masood will undoubtedly have the info on where and when the team trials and selections will take place. Good luck.

  • Young Cricketer on February 14, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    M. Dahiya, where exactly are you located in the USA? Without that info, it is impossible for me or anyone else to suggest who to contact or what to do about it. As it is, if you "picked up my bat after ten years", you can hardly expect any one, much less selectors, to know enough about you to select you for anything! That applies in the USA as well as India, which you obviously know about. There ARE people here who can help you, if you make the effort to help yourself.