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