ICC news June 26, 2015

ICC suspends USACA over 'significant concerns'

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ICC suspends USACA membership

The ICC board has suspended the membership of the USA Cricket Association with immediate effect. The ICC made its decision based on the findings of a review group it had constituted to look into the status and activities of the USACA, and after meeting USACA representatives during the ongoing ICC annual conference week.

According to an ICC release, the review group "had expressed significant concerns about the governance, finance, reputation and cricketing activities of USACA".

The suspension will cut the USACA off from ICC funding, and rule it ineligible to determine whether events staged in the USA are given approved status or not. As per the ICC operating manual, the ICC will take over that function.

Despite the USACA's suspension, the USA national team will be allowed to take part in next month's World T20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland. The USA Under-19 team will also be eligible to participate in the Americas U-19 Championship in Bermuda.

"The ICC Board has made this difficult decision after careful consideration and in the best interest of the game and all cricketers in the USA," the ICC chairman N Srinivasan said. "The country has tremendous potential but because of governance, financial and cricketing challenges, the opportunity to grow the game is not being properly nurtured.

"The ICC Board had put USACA on notice in its January meeting this year and had hoped that it would show some urgency to address and improve in the areas that were identified as weaknesses. Unfortunately, the response to date has been inadequate and it has proved necessary for the ICC Board to take further action."

To have its membership reinstated, the USACA will need to show the ICC board that it has addressed "conditions relating to governance, finance and its cricket activities", with the ICC chief executive David Richardson - assisted by representatives from the BCCI, ECB, CA and WICB - monitoring its progress.

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  • ARCRICKETACADEMY on June 27, 2015, 14:57 GMT

    It is indeed a serious concern regarding financial irregularities of USACA hence we welcome the ICC decision in the interest of game.

  • Ali Asif on June 27, 2015, 13:01 GMT

    oh no! this is very harsh decision

  • dummy4fb on June 27, 2015, 11:57 GMT

    United states cricket needs administrators who have done it before weather in their original countries. Most of them just jump into the fray thinking of rewards instead of development of the game which comes from love of the sport. Also we need guys who have played the game at a high level not necessary test cricket to coach at school level not teachers who have other functions.

  • dummy4fb on June 27, 2015, 9:37 GMT

    Why can't test playing teams play in non- test playing countries to promote cricket instead of playing in their own back yards ? Ind & Pak played cricket in Canada where cricket is popular. It is time for the test playing countries to wake up & play in non- test playing countries.Just having money in the means greedy. ICC must wake & take a call on it.

  • avmd on June 27, 2015, 2:10 GMT

    Has witness the ongoing fight between two groups for so long and I'm not surprised with this result. One group is from a big Asian country and other from Islands in our south.

  • fr600 on June 27, 2015, 1:01 GMT

    This is sad but obvious. These greedy USCIS management needs to go and real sportsmen needs to take over. Otherwise, there's no future in cricket. Glad ICC took such decision.

  • dummy4fb on June 27, 2015, 0:59 GMT

    About time, but where and how now

  • dummy4fb on June 27, 2015, 0:56 GMT

    Good decision. ICC has realized that US sports market is already saturated and not even soccer has made major impact among the local americans. Cricket is only followed by the foreign immigrants in US who only watch the matches of their corresponding teams on TV. Their children won't be attracted to cricket because it's not played at school level, has barely any viewers outside family and no media publicity. Cricket would probably not succeed in US until the sports spreads to more developed nations. Apart from the South Asian countries, cricket is still a second tier sport in UK, South Africa and Australia (trailing behind soccer, football, tennis and rugby)

  • Headbandenator on June 26, 2015, 21:21 GMT

    Dear Cricket USA, you need someone else to run your organisation. I am available immediately.

  • dummy4fb on June 26, 2015, 21:00 GMT

    Good Decision ...third or fourth division players from sub-continent are playing in all USA cricket leagues and hardly any representation from local people,make sure only USA born players play this game not the expat that's only way you can develop the game here in America.This will still take decades to develop.

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