USA National Championship to be broadcast live
The USA Cricket Association announced on Tuesday that its 2014 National Championship will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The tournament is scheduled be to played in the Twenty20 format from August 21-24 at a new facility scheduled to be opened this summer in Indianapolis, Indiana. It will be the first USACA National Tournament involving teams from the eight USACA Regions since 2011. It will be the first time that USACA will have live broadcast coverage for one of its domestic tournaments.
"2014 will be an exciting year for US cricket and the agreement with ESPN3 is a positive start. The US cricketing scene will receive a boost by not only having the chance to play on the brand new Worlds Sports Park in Indianapolis including a new turf pitch, but to follow the lead-up to the Championships starting in May," said Darren Beazley, CEO, USACA. "By working closely with ESPN3, we hope that the Finals on August 24 will draw a significant audience across a number of platforms."
"Fans have come to know ESPN3 as a leading destination for live cricket events in the US," said Todd Myers, Director of Programming and Acquisitions, ESPN. "By carrying the US National Cricket Championships, we hope to continue to grow the sport by giving it national exposure across a variety of accessible platforms."
USACA is planning on using the tournament as a selection mechanism for the annual Auty Cup series against Canada, which is scheduled to be played in the USA in September, as well as for selection for the next ICC World Cricket League Division Three 50-over tournament, which is due to be played in early 2015. USA fell short of the 2014 ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand by finishing third at ICC WCL Division Three in Bermuda last May.
Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo's USA correspondent. He tweets here