USA November 18, 2009

USA sign partnership with New Zealand

The USA Cricket Association has announced an intention to establish a “strategic partnership agreement” with New Zealand Cricket

The USA Cricket Association has announced an intention to establish a “strategic partnership agreement” with New Zealand Cricket. The proposed partnership covers a variety of activities, ranging from the sharing of coaching and development resources through to the staging of international fixtures involving the two countries.

“We are very positive and excited about the benefits our relationship with NZC can bring to USA cricket,” Don Lockerbie, USACA’s chief executive, said. “USA cricket can learn greatly from the experience and knowledge of NZC, and we believe there are real and significant cricketing benefits and commercial opportunities possible through this partnership.”

“We are looking forward to a long-term partnership with USACA,” added NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan. “Cricket in the United States is at a very exciting stage, and we are enthusiastic about the prospect of helping USACA significantly grow the game in their country. The benefits of cricket becoming more established in the USA are globally significant for the sport.”

Two years ago USACA appeared to have thrown in its lot with neighbours West Indies, but the latter’s internal political and financial problems have made it a less appealing prospect for the ambitious Lockerbie.

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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  • testli5504537 on December 14, 2009, 13:51 GMT

    This is good news for cricket. I think Newzealand cricket have done a great job by helping other countries to should do it with associate nations. may be one day USA host twenty20 WORLDCUP.

  • testli5504537 on November 21, 2009, 4:41 GMT

    Its good to see a full member helping an associate out. I would like to see a big-country approach to cricket. Each full member selects 4 associate countries and has to help them out. Each associate country should select 2 affiliate countries and has to help them out, that sort of thing. The program should be designed to benefit all countries involved (financially, performance, following, etc).

  • testli5504537 on November 20, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    This is good news for cricket as we need to break into a new market as what the USA is I complement Justin Vaughan and his NZC counterparts for agreeing to help USACA

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