ICC to establish advisory groups for USA cricket development
The next steps in the ICC's efforts to help chart a path forward for cricket in the USA are in the works, with the formation of four advisory groups to guide the implementation of the ICC's strategic plan for USA cricket.
The framework for the ICC's strategic plan - which includes targets for USA to qualify for the 2019 World Cup, the 2020 World Twenty20 and put in a bid to host the 2024 World Twenty20 - was relayed to stakeholders at a series of town hall meetings conducted around the USA by ICC staff in November. The strategic plan is part of the ICC's efforts to help transform cricket in the USA following the suspension of the USA Cricket Association at last June's ICC annual conference.
In a letter sent to stakeholders earlier this week, Tim Anderson, the ICC's head of global development, declared that four advisory groups were in the process of being formed during the month of February. The groups will be formed specifically to advise on player participation, performance, fan and market development, and creating a sustainable foundation.
The advisory groups will be functioning in a similar capacity to the ICC's seven-man local advisory group in the USA, which was formed in August and includes representation for both the American Cricket Federation and USACA in the form of ACF chairman Jagan Jagannathan and USACA liaison Dr Vincent Adams. Also on the seven-man committee are former USA cricketer Usman Shuja and Patrick Sandusky, the chief communications and public affairs officer of the US Olympic Committee (USOC).
The ICC will also be coordinating a summit next month in Colorado Springs, home of the USOC headquarters, to engage with youth cricket officials from around the country including USA Youth Cricket Association president Jamie Harrison.
As for USACA, several sources state that the board president Gladstone Dainty and multiple other representatives traveled to India earlier this month to meet with ICC and BCCI officials regarding USACA's suspension. However, no movement has been made to lift USACA's suspension.
Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo's USA correspondent. @PeterDellaPenna