USA news December 31, 2012

Beazley takes up USACA challenge

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Darren Beazley, former general manager of business development with the Western Australia Cricket Association, has been confirmed as the new chief executive of the USA Cricket Association. He will take up the post in February and will be based in Florida.

Tim Anderson, the ICC's global development manager, and a member of the sub-committee tasked with finding a suitable candidate, expressed hopes that Beazley would be able to bring a greater sense of professionalism to cricket in the United States and satisfy ICC ambitions for growth in the region.

Anderson said: "It is critical that cricket continues its growth path globally and helping ICC Associate and Affiliate Members put in place more professional management structures is an important corner stone in that progression.

"Having been appointed through a highly competitive recruitment process, Darren will now have a key role - together with the USACA Board - in developing such a structure for cricket in the USA."

USACA has not had someone working in the position full-time since Don Lockerbie was dismissed in November 2010, although Nabeel Ahmed, a former vice president, has acted as interim CEO since April.

Beazley's experience in sports administration includes periods as chief operating officer of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and as general manager of strategic partnerships with the Australian Rules side Fremantle Dockers.

Gladstone Dainty, president of USACA, said: "This appointment marks a key moment for the growth and development of cricket in the United States as USACA looks to take better advantage of the sport's widening global appeal for men, women and youth.

"The appointment of a competent and motivated chief executive to lead our operations was a vital component of an action plan agreed by the USACA Board during 2012, and after completing a rigorous recruitment process, I'm delighted that someone with Darren's skills and experience has agreed to join us.

"The Board can now focus on developing policy and relationships with partners who share our vision for the success of cricket in the USA."

Beazley said: "Cricket has always been a major part of my life and I am therefore thrilled to have the opportunity to assist its growth and improvement in one of the most important emerging markets in the world today.

"I look forward to leading USACA's national efforts, as well as working closely with the member leagues, clubs and partners to ensure cricket's vast potential in the US is realized.

"There is a rich, diverse and long history of cricket in the US. One of my first key projects will be to talk to a wide selection of league presidents, stakeholders and partners about that history and the future. My hope is that this will help encourage the levels of collaboration and compliance critical for the development of the game at all levels and in all forms in the US."

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  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Hey, it's always good to hear that someone is willing to at least try to make things better for USA Cricket. Like Simon, I live in the western side of North Carolina and there are over 20 clubs playing league cricket and we would all like to know we are part of something bigger than just our league, like most countries do. how else can we attract and develop younger players and guys who aspire to play for USA cricket? I wish him well and I hope he can reach out to us in the Carolina Cricket League and let us know what we can do to be helpful to him.

  • POSTED BY ozone8237 on | January 1, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    Besides a professional, experienced, disciplined and Popular elected Management in terms PR, Cricket in the USA needs to become a household name. ICC needs big sponsors and donors who shoud look into the long term affects and benefits and to achieve that goal Lots and Lots of advertisements and commercials need to surface on front pages and screens of Print and electronic Media. Even today If you ask a common average American about cricket they might have a slight idea what it is otherwise their reply would be "ummm is it something like baseball?" Let the Billboards nationwide display anything thing that hasto do with the game of Cricket. Let the People be curious to know more and more about the game and let it be implemented at a grass root level; from high schools to colleges and then Universities. Let it be added in the NCAA ( National Collegiate Atheletic asscciation)and let it be added in the Natonal Leagues. Cricket especialy T-20 sure has a future in US.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    There is a growing cricket community to the South of USA as well, with Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador all playing. If the USACA could play of 'Big Brother' to them as well it could be a win all round.

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Well then West Indians will take this opportunity to visit the USA to watch cricket. How about that!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Don't share the optimism over this guy. Cricket will NEVER, EVER, move forward in the USA until someone can free the game from the ex-pat undergaround prison and bring it to mainstream Americans. The competiive level will never improve, sponsorship $$$ wil never come in, until this happens. So everything comes down to one question: does anyone have confidence this Aussie guy, who's never worked with a single American at cricket in his life, can do this? His acceptance statement doesn't bode will. We're just hearing the same old things we did from Lockerbie: working with the ex-pat community, stakeholders, ex-pat officials, blah, blah, blah. No menton of initiatives, programs, to raise cricket's profile with mainstream Americans. Like Lockerbie, it looks like he's going to be content to just work within the ex-pat community. Absolutely nothing's going to change with this approach. I just don't see what this guy brings to USA cricket. I give him 18 months on the job.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | January 1, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Things cannot get any worst for US cricket, already had hit rock bottom for some times, good to see someone with good credential going to try and I'm very hopeful he will bring some positive changes. US is a huge market for 20/20 cricket and in future some International matches can also be organized here. Imagine an India-Pak T20 game in NJ-NY area, won't be hard to jam pack a mid-size stadium. Good luck Darren.

  • POSTED BY Ganesh_Sanap on | January 1, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Good luck Mr. Beazley. My first suggestion would be that you take the USYCA under your wings and try to replicate Jamie Harris' efforts across the country. The only way up is to build from the bottom. There are a lot of people who will be ready to help out across the country. This is the only thing I think you can achieve without any political influence. For everything else, you need to listen to the GOD...Gladstone Dainty. You have your work cut out as you have taken over the largest cricketing nation areawise but with a very small budget. I am not to hopeful as to how long you will last, but whatever time you will serve, hope that it will have a lasting impression, atleast as far as grassroots cricket is in this country.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Wish the guy luck but knowing the USACA it'll almost certainly all end in tears.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Well I wish him well ... there are hundreds of thousands of cricket players and fans in this country - I live in North Carolina and there are more than 10 local teams - they are an untapped resource .... perhaps he can structure the basis of a long term team ... I hope so!

  • POSTED BY American.Cricketer on | January 1, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    The revolving door is in full motion, all orchestrated and managed by one Gladstone Dainty, who has single handedly destroyed Cricket in the US. No matter who becomes the CEO of USACA, Dainty and his cronies will ensure that the sport remains a pasture of the weekend warriors.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Hey, it's always good to hear that someone is willing to at least try to make things better for USA Cricket. Like Simon, I live in the western side of North Carolina and there are over 20 clubs playing league cricket and we would all like to know we are part of something bigger than just our league, like most countries do. how else can we attract and develop younger players and guys who aspire to play for USA cricket? I wish him well and I hope he can reach out to us in the Carolina Cricket League and let us know what we can do to be helpful to him.

  • POSTED BY ozone8237 on | January 1, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    Besides a professional, experienced, disciplined and Popular elected Management in terms PR, Cricket in the USA needs to become a household name. ICC needs big sponsors and donors who shoud look into the long term affects and benefits and to achieve that goal Lots and Lots of advertisements and commercials need to surface on front pages and screens of Print and electronic Media. Even today If you ask a common average American about cricket they might have a slight idea what it is otherwise their reply would be "ummm is it something like baseball?" Let the Billboards nationwide display anything thing that hasto do with the game of Cricket. Let the People be curious to know more and more about the game and let it be implemented at a grass root level; from high schools to colleges and then Universities. Let it be added in the NCAA ( National Collegiate Atheletic asscciation)and let it be added in the Natonal Leagues. Cricket especialy T-20 sure has a future in US.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    There is a growing cricket community to the South of USA as well, with Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador all playing. If the USACA could play of 'Big Brother' to them as well it could be a win all round.

  • POSTED BY on | January 3, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Well then West Indians will take this opportunity to visit the USA to watch cricket. How about that!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Don't share the optimism over this guy. Cricket will NEVER, EVER, move forward in the USA until someone can free the game from the ex-pat undergaround prison and bring it to mainstream Americans. The competiive level will never improve, sponsorship $$$ wil never come in, until this happens. So everything comes down to one question: does anyone have confidence this Aussie guy, who's never worked with a single American at cricket in his life, can do this? His acceptance statement doesn't bode will. We're just hearing the same old things we did from Lockerbie: working with the ex-pat community, stakeholders, ex-pat officials, blah, blah, blah. No menton of initiatives, programs, to raise cricket's profile with mainstream Americans. Like Lockerbie, it looks like he's going to be content to just work within the ex-pat community. Absolutely nothing's going to change with this approach. I just don't see what this guy brings to USA cricket. I give him 18 months on the job.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | January 1, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Things cannot get any worst for US cricket, already had hit rock bottom for some times, good to see someone with good credential going to try and I'm very hopeful he will bring some positive changes. US is a huge market for 20/20 cricket and in future some International matches can also be organized here. Imagine an India-Pak T20 game in NJ-NY area, won't be hard to jam pack a mid-size stadium. Good luck Darren.

  • POSTED BY Ganesh_Sanap on | January 1, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Good luck Mr. Beazley. My first suggestion would be that you take the USYCA under your wings and try to replicate Jamie Harris' efforts across the country. The only way up is to build from the bottom. There are a lot of people who will be ready to help out across the country. This is the only thing I think you can achieve without any political influence. For everything else, you need to listen to the GOD...Gladstone Dainty. You have your work cut out as you have taken over the largest cricketing nation areawise but with a very small budget. I am not to hopeful as to how long you will last, but whatever time you will serve, hope that it will have a lasting impression, atleast as far as grassroots cricket is in this country.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Wish the guy luck but knowing the USACA it'll almost certainly all end in tears.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Well I wish him well ... there are hundreds of thousands of cricket players and fans in this country - I live in North Carolina and there are more than 10 local teams - they are an untapped resource .... perhaps he can structure the basis of a long term team ... I hope so!

  • POSTED BY American.Cricketer on | January 1, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    The revolving door is in full motion, all orchestrated and managed by one Gladstone Dainty, who has single handedly destroyed Cricket in the US. No matter who becomes the CEO of USACA, Dainty and his cronies will ensure that the sport remains a pasture of the weekend warriors.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | January 1, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    Change all you want ICC, USA will never like cricket. Multi-nation sports is not an American thing-- unless the other nation is Canada. That is how far Americans are willing to accept. Anything Europe and beyond won't fly here in the USA.

  • POSTED BY chad_reid on | December 31, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    Cmon cricket will never take of in USA they are more into sports that put you to sleep i.e. NFL, BASEBALL, NASCAR THE LIST GOES ON that's why the sports they love is only popular over there the rest of the world don't even care

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Think Darren Beazley is going to have his work cut out for him. Lets face it the sport in the states is a mess. It has huge potential for growth there and every time it gets ruined. If American Cricket can get started then the could have states playing each at national level and with the population there they could rival India for power in the game.

  • POSTED BY tkbutt on | December 31, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Mr. Beazley, I wish you good luck as you have stepped into most incompetent sports organisation of the world. As Wolf mentioned in his post, as long as Dainty is heading this organisation, there is no hope. Your first piece of business should be to remove Dainty from his position. All else will fall in place..Good luck, once again.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | December 31, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    If you put T20 in the Olympics, that would be a massive plus point in the eye of the USA. Also, make specific cricket grounds in the USA, rather than sharing with baseball.

  • POSTED BY SuperGLS on | December 31, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    wolf777 is completely right. In order for anything to change Dainty has got to go. He is ruining US cricket one day at a time.

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | December 31, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    who ever it may be, u guys do nothing for cricket, there are so many teams playing in baseball grounds throughout the country due to lack of cricket grounds and even if one or two grounds are available, they are pretty damn expensive.

  • POSTED BY sk29 on | December 31, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    There is an easy way to draw Americans attention to this game. Incorporate T20 in next olympics and let the American team win the title (Gold).

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | December 31, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    As long as Mr. Gladstone Dainty is at the helm, I am not hopeful of any improvement. Hope he reads the history of nation and learns something from our first President George Washington who refused to serve more than two terms as a President.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | December 31, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    As long as Mr. Gladstone Dainty is at the helm, I am not hopeful of any improvement. Hope he reads the history of nation and learns something from our first President George Washington who refused to serve more than two terms as a President.

  • POSTED BY sk29 on | December 31, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    There is an easy way to draw Americans attention to this game. Incorporate T20 in next olympics and let the American team win the title (Gold).

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | December 31, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    who ever it may be, u guys do nothing for cricket, there are so many teams playing in baseball grounds throughout the country due to lack of cricket grounds and even if one or two grounds are available, they are pretty damn expensive.

  • POSTED BY SuperGLS on | December 31, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    wolf777 is completely right. In order for anything to change Dainty has got to go. He is ruining US cricket one day at a time.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | December 31, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    If you put T20 in the Olympics, that would be a massive plus point in the eye of the USA. Also, make specific cricket grounds in the USA, rather than sharing with baseball.

  • POSTED BY tkbutt on | December 31, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Mr. Beazley, I wish you good luck as you have stepped into most incompetent sports organisation of the world. As Wolf mentioned in his post, as long as Dainty is heading this organisation, there is no hope. Your first piece of business should be to remove Dainty from his position. All else will fall in place..Good luck, once again.

  • POSTED BY on | December 31, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Think Darren Beazley is going to have his work cut out for him. Lets face it the sport in the states is a mess. It has huge potential for growth there and every time it gets ruined. If American Cricket can get started then the could have states playing each at national level and with the population there they could rival India for power in the game.

  • POSTED BY chad_reid on | December 31, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    Cmon cricket will never take of in USA they are more into sports that put you to sleep i.e. NFL, BASEBALL, NASCAR THE LIST GOES ON that's why the sports they love is only popular over there the rest of the world don't even care

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | January 1, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    Change all you want ICC, USA will never like cricket. Multi-nation sports is not an American thing-- unless the other nation is Canada. That is how far Americans are willing to accept. Anything Europe and beyond won't fly here in the USA.

  • POSTED BY American.Cricketer on | January 1, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    The revolving door is in full motion, all orchestrated and managed by one Gladstone Dainty, who has single handedly destroyed Cricket in the US. No matter who becomes the CEO of USACA, Dainty and his cronies will ensure that the sport remains a pasture of the weekend warriors.