Just life. I had the option (to decide) where to settle. I came with all my family especially for my kids' education. That's the main reason why I moved here in December 2006. I've been in Plano, Texas the whole time. I had been coming here since 2002, visiting relatives and friends every year, in Plano, Houston and San Francisco. I got my US citizenship in 2010. I had a residence permit since 1996 actually, but I never stayed here permanently.
If I had stayed back at home, I'd be more into cricket, more into professional aspects like coaching, media, commentary. I had a lot of opportunities there. But because of my family I thought it was better to move here. I don't regret it.
It's not hard. The person I am, I can adjust myself in any condition. I've never felt or thought, 'Who was I? Who am I?' I do not carry things with me. Whatever the situation is, I go with it. I do cricket coaching for fun. I'm not getting paid anything for it. I want to pass on whatever I have for the betterment of USA cricket. That is the only purpose. It is my passion to keep in touch with cricket. Now I am also doing youth coaching on Saturday and Sunday in Dallas. I still play the T20 league in Dallas because the game starts at 9 am and finishes at 1 pm but I get out in time to coach youth in the afternoon.
We have very good talent all around the USA. The thing is we have to get them together to have better execution, placing things together in the right direction. There are good bowlers, good spinners, good batsmen. Everything is there but the guys are all working 9-5 Monday through Friday. It's difficult for them to work five days and you ask them to train and be fit. They hear a USA team is being picked and then they start a bit of training. They aren't used to regular training because they don't have time.
USA beat Scotland. That's what I'm talking about in talent. Ireland and Scotland success did not come in one year. I played professional cricket in Scotland from 1989 to 1993. They hired professional cricketers, overseas players in their clubs, and they played against each other and learned from them.… They are playing better cricket because of the structures. Any small kind of sponsorship they get helps and they work within their resources to work for the cricket. Unfortunately that is not happening here and that is a problem.
You need it to see who does what. Suppose you go for a tournament and you know six months ahead. You need at least three or four weekends bringing the team together, have proper practice, not like a boot camp, but have good practice games and socialize. That will help. Now, they show up to a first game in a tournament and they don't know what will happen if someone gets out. Can the guy behind me perform? The captain might not know and the coach might not even know who can perform. You need to see them in game situations to see how they react and what their mental approach is. You can't select a team based on how they look in the nets. You need to see them under pressure. Those who can sustain pressure in game situations can perform and you can build a team around those players.
Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo's USA correspondent. @PeterDellaPenna