USA news January 15, 2014

Chappell, Holding part of ACF advisory board

The American Cricket Federation has announced the creation of a seven-man honorary advisory board comprised of current and former international cricketers including Michael Holding and Ian Chappell. The move is a significant boost to ACF's credibility on the world stage and furthers its attempts to challenge the USA Cricket Association's status as the ICC-recognised national governing body in America.

"I've been aware of many attempts to move cricket forward in the USA," Chappell said in an ACF press release, "and I'm also aware that there has been a lot of bickering among the different administrations. With that in mind, I'm hopeful that the ACF can overcome these difficulties and get the game moving forward in the USA at an improved pace."

In addition to Holding and Chappell, other members of the panel include former West Indies batsman Alvin Kallicharran, former Australian Test players Damien Martyn, Stuart MacGill and Nathan Bracken, and current Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien. In November, the ACF organized a cricket clinic led by Holding and Kallicharran in Washington, D.C.

Jamie Harrison, chief executive of ACF, had established relationships over the last several years with Martyn, MacGill and Bracken while serving in his role as president of the US Youth Cricket Association prior to joining ACF. Harrison and the USYCA hosted MacGill in New Jersey last April where the former Australian legspinner held a coaching camp for youth cricketers in the area.

"We are delighted to have the support of these legendary cricketers as we move forward with the ACF mission to develop the game in the United States," Harrison said in the release. "The breadth of knowledge and experience that these individuals bring to the table will be of great value to us as we chart the future of cricket in America, and we are thankful for their backing."

Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo's USA correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Amos on January 16, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    viable first- class cricket in the USA is long overdue ICC must become involved to try and unite various factions if they would listen. the potentials are great There enough passionate fans ready to support the venture Go for it.

  • dexter on January 15, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    There goes the end of US cricket before it's even started. This game continues to go backward in all forms and this endorsement is like 1 step forward 100 steps backward into doom. Could'nt they have chosen someone like maybe Ricky Pointing, Matthew Hayden or Adam Gilchrist to these positions, men who still have youth on their side and innovative ideas in them. What the hell does USA cricket intend to achieve with these two old farts. By the time Holding and Chapell are finished with USA cricket it will be like West Indies cricket waiting 10 to 15 years to rise to anything respectable. But this has always been the thinking behind the sport hence the reason why it continues to yield tons of empty seats all over the world at major tornaments and almost all the boards are broke. Appointing a bunch of old men with ailing, aging and decaying brains to manage the most important parts of the game. So long to USA cricket before it even started, don't say I did'nt tell U.

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    Good going ACF... Hope Cricket and Cricketers at large would be benefited with the Association of these cricketing greats!!!

  • sudhir on January 15, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    I feel the playing surface and the lack of proper grounds is the most pressing issue. If only ICC can come up with a low maintainance "drop in" synthetic playing surface, it will help a lot propagating this game in the US.

  • Salman on January 15, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    US cricket needs to hire another Rod Marsh (like what ECB did in 2001), someone with complete autonomy in selection matters. The only thing that matters is player selection for the US XI. If you give that task to Chappell or any member of this committee, the results coming out of US cricket can really make a huge difference.

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    Neville, USACA's fifty years of failure is not representative of cricket in America. Once the changeover happens, you'll see the true potential in America. Please don't give up on us just because we've been saddled with failed leadership.

  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    mr. chappell don't waste your time there was is no future usa cricket. If you don't belive me ask mayor lauderhill where the cricket park is.

  • Chandra on January 15, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Ian Chappell to make things better in USA? Ian will through things at our face,very critical on things, will USA/ACF take it up positively? Not sure if Ian Chappell is the right choice. But, hope things would turn around.

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