USA news December 31, 2012

Beazley takes up USACA challenge

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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!!!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Avais 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.

  • Ganesh 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.

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2013, 13:06 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Amjad 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.

  • P 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.