Is USA interested in cricket? The answer is no. They love baseball, don’t understand cricket, it is well known.
International Cricket Council (ICC) is not happy with USA Cricket Association’s (USACA) slack attitude towards the development of cricket in the most powerful country in the world. As a result, ICC has suspended the membership of the USACA with immediate effect, the Guardian reported.
The suspension comes after through findings set out in a recently constituted Review Group report to the ICC Board on the Status and Activities of USACA a comprehensive document based on input from over 100 stakeholders, including USACA and followed a meeting with USACA representatives during the ICC Annual Conference week at Barbados, West Indies.
The Review Group, in its reports, has expressed “significant concerns about the governance, finance, reputation and cricketing activities of USACA”.
ICC Chief Executive Board exercise its power under Article 2.7 of the ICC’s Article of Association, has unanimously decided to suspend the membership of the USACA with immediate effect.
The suspension means USACA will neither receive any fund from ICC nor they will be entitled to host any cricket events in the US should have the status of approved or disapproved cricket. Instead, the ICC will make that decision on hosting cricket matches in US soil, in accordance with Section 32.2 of the ICC Operating Manual.
However, ICC said the United States will be able to participate in the next month’s ICC World T20 qualifier in Ireland and Scotland and in the upcoming Americas U19 championship in Bermuda.
The ICC chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan said in a statement: “The ICC board has made this difficult decision after careful consideration and in the best interest of the game and all cricketers in the USA.”
“The country has tremendous potential but because of governance, financial and cricketing challenges, the opportunity to grow the game is not being properly nurtured,” he further added.
“The ICC board had put USACA on notice in its January meeting this year and had hoped that it would show some urgency to address and improve in the areas that were identified as weaknesses. Unfortunately, the response to date has been inadequate and it has proved necessary for the ICC board to take further action.”
In order for the suspension to be lifted, USACA will need to prove the issues identified have been addressed and remedied in full.
As part of the monitoring process of ICC, the Chief Executive Committee – assisted by the management and representative of the BCCI, CA, ECB and the WICB- will assume responsibility for monitoring USACA’s effort to improve the infrastructure. The same group will also seek to support the development of a meaningful strategy for the future promotion and development of cricket in the USA, including through the appointment of locally based advisory group unification of all stake holders.