USA news September 5, 2013

Harrison made ACF chief executive

The American Cricket Federation (ACF) has announced the appointment of Jamie Harrison, currently the president of the United States Youth Cricket Association (USYCA), as its new chief executive.

The ACF, a rival of the ICC-sanctioned board, the USA Cricket Association, was set up by disaffected cricket lovers in May 2012 as a result of the controversial elections held by USACA.

Only a few days ago, Harrison called for the ICC to abandon their support of USACA and embrace the ACF instead.

Harrison will continue to serve as president of the USYCA, an organization he helped found in 2010, and which has donated over 1500 cricket sets to American schools.

"Given Jamie's selfless track record as a home-grown American dedicated to the development of US cricket, we have every confidence that he will bring an exciting new dimension to ACF's future progress," Professor Gangaram Singh said on behalf of the ACF steering committee. "This is a momentous step in ACF's short history."

The ICC remains supportive of USACA and, while welcoming the good intentions of the ACF and USYCA, insists that their work should come under the umbrella of the official board.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Time to go the American way. Politics has crashed American cricket for 20 years now. We have more grounds playing cricket than many official cricket countries. It is time to start developing local talent rather than focusing on power grabs by big city elites with an eye on cashing in on potential commercial league revenues.

  • James on September 7, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    This seems like it should turn out well and I hope it does. All we need is for the USACA to get suspended again by the ICC. That would allow the ACF to move into that position. I'm sure ACF will allow any of the organizations that stuck with USACA to join ACF if they want. ACF seems to actually care about cricket in the US as compared with USACA.

    I hope this works.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    The success of the American team or its players is the farthest thing from the ICC's mind. In fact, the success of any associate or affiliate team is the farthest thing from their mind. The only thing on their mind is more places to try to sell India v Pakistan or England v Australia. If there is no money in it, the ICC doesn't care. Hence, nothing improves, everything stagnates, and people tune out.

  • Tim on September 6, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Was their a formal nomination/election process or did they just give him the position?

  • Roger on September 5, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    Great move by the ACF. Having people like Jamie involved, who have spent countless hours doing work with the grass roots, clearly distinguishes them from USACA. This is the way forward for cricket in America!

  • John on September 5, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    The energy and dynamism that Jamie Harrison brings to ACF and American cricket will make a big difference. It's the hallmark of a synergistic relationship that has been lacking for far too long in American cricket. ACF is committed to helping grass roots cricket grow, as was demonstrated earlier this year with the 3rd Annual Women's T20 tournament in Atlanta, GA, where ACF unquestionably provided financial and other resources, and are expected to do likewise for youth and men's cricket. It is more about cooperation and growth, and less about the process of controlled governance.

  • Baskar on September 5, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    This potentially is a new beginning for American cricket. It depends on how successful ACF is in making a difference in cricket in all its forms at the local levels. They need to be given a chance to try. In contrast USACA has ignored such initiatives and obsessed about making money out of cricket via T20 league and such. That has gone nowhere and what we have is a lot of legal fees to pay instead of spending on real cricket.

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