February 1, 2009

USA

USACA's inactions speak louder than words

Martin Williamson

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.

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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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....

Posted by 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? :-)

Posted by 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

Posted by 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 !!

Posted by 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 !

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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!

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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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