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United States of America Cricket Association

United States of America Cricket Association
Usaca logo.png
SportCricket
JurisdictionUnited States
AbbreviationUSACA
Founded1965
AffiliationFormer member International Cricket Council (expelled 2017)
HeadquartersMiami Beach
PresidentGladstone Dainty
Men's coachVacant
Women's coachVacant
SponsorSmart Choice Auto Group, Boom Boom, Sheraton Suits
Official website
www.usaca.org/index.html
United States

The United States of America Cricket Association (USACA), headquartered at Miami Beach was the national governing body for all cricket in the United States. The board was formed in 1965.

USACA was an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council till 23 June 2017 when it was expelled following an ICC Board recommendation in April and a Dispute Resolution Committee hearing before the Honourable Michael Beloff QC.[1]

History

In 1965 John Marder started the United States of America Cricket Association. The United States of America Cricket Association was admitted as an associate member of the International Cricket Conference in 1965. This was the same group that had been so integral in keeping the United States out of international cricket when formed in 1909. The United States was also able to participate in the ICC Trophy when the tournament started in 1979. They have been successful and have continued to improve. Unfortunately, the administration of the USACA has proved unable to administer the sport in the United States effectively. This has led to suspensions from tournaments and ineligibilities.

The USACA announced in July 2009 it was inviting proposals from prospective sponsors, broadcasters and game development partners to help it launch the American Premier League, an Indian Premier League style Twenty20 league tournament.

The board announced in December 2010 it had signed a $10 million deal with New Zealand Cricket and several strategic investors are stakeholders, creating a new body called Cricket Holdings America to manage all commercial rights for cricket in USA, including Twenty20 rights, in perpetuity[2]

In January 2011, USACA was awarded the top prize in the Junior Participation Initiative category by the ICC America's region in the 2010 Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards for the United States Youth Cricket Association's Schools Program.[3][4]

No American Premier League matches were played in 2010, and in April 2011 no further matches have been announced.

In January 2011, USACA was awarded the top prize in the Junior Participation Initiative category by the ICC America's region in the 2010 Pepsi ICC Development Program Awards for the United States Youth Cricket Association's Schools Program.

In 2011, American Twenty20 Championship is an American Twenty20 cricket tournament aimed at grooming American cricket players for international events and to spread interest in American Cricket.

Its first season was only a 3-day affair as the tournament was played in New Jersey and was eventually won by the Atlantic Division. The tournament is supported by the United States of America Cricket Association, the national federation of cricket in the US. After not being held in 2012 and 2013, the USACA announced that the tournament would be played in 2014.

In May 2014, the city of Indianapolis, Indiana has terminated its agreement to host the relaunch of the USA Cricket Association National Championships which were due to be held from August in the brand new, $6 million Indianapolis World Sports Park facility.

Indianapolis Parks and Recreation director John W. Williams sent a letter to USACA notifying them of the termination and a city official confirmed that the decision includes not just the 2014 championship but the entire three-year agreement which had been signed in September 2013 under former USACA chief executive Darren Beazley.

In June 2014, USA Cricket Association announced that this year's USACA National Championship will now be moved to Lauderhill, Florida following the termination of a three-year hosting agreement by the city of Indianapolis.

Membership

The USACA has 51 state association members across seven zones (Atlantic, New York, South East, North East, Central West, Central East, West Coast) in the United States.

USACA Regions[5][6]
Eastern Conference States, territories, districts Leagues
Atlantic Delaware, New Jersey, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland Cricket League of New Jersey, Garden State Cricket League, Millennium Cricket League, New Jersey Cricket Association, New Jersey State Cricket & Umpire's Association, Washington Cricket League, Washington Metropolitan Cricket League
New York[7] New York American Cricket League, Bangladeshi Cricket League, Brooklyn Cricket League, Commonwealth Cricket League, Eastern American Cricket Association, Metropolitan Cricket League, Nassau New York Cricket Association, New York Cricket League, New York Metropolitan and District Association League, NYPD Cricket League
South East[7] Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico Florida Cricket Conference, South Florida Cricket Association, Florida South East Cricket Association, Atlanta Georgia Cricket Conference
North East Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont Massachusetts State Cricket League, Connecticut Cricket League, Southern Connecticut Cricket Association
Western Conference States, territories, districts Leagues
Central West Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Colorado, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas Colorado Cricket League, Heartland Cricket League or Cricket League of Iowa and Nebraska, Central Texas Cricket League, Houston Cricket League, North Texas Cricket Association, Midwest Cricket League of Kansas.
Central East Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama American Cricket Conference, Great Lakes Cricket Conference, International Cricket Management League, Michigan Cricket Association (Associate), Midwest Cricket Conference, Minnesota Cricket Association, National Cricket League, United Cricket Conference
West Coast Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah Bay Area Cricket Alliance, California Cricket Academy, California Cricket League, Greater Los Angeles Cricket Association (Associate), Northern California Cricket Association, North West Cricket League, Sacramento Cricket Association, Southern California Cricket Association, Arizona Cricket Association (Associate), Orange County Cricket Association (Associate), San Diego Cricket Association (Associate)

President of the USACA

# Name Took Office Left Office
1 John Marder 1965 unknown
Unknown
? Nasir Khan[8] ? ?
Unknown
? Masood Syed[9] 1996 1999
? Ricky Craig[10] 1999 2000
? Kamran Rasheed Khan [11] 2000 2001
? Atul Rai[12] 2001 2003
? Gladstone Dainty[13] 2003 present

Domestic Cricket

The USACA organized the following tournaments:

  • American Premier League (planned in 2009 and again in 2010 but never took place)
  • American Twenty20 Championship (took place once, in 2011, with 8 teams participating in a tournament over 3 days, was planned but didn't occur in 2012 and 2013, before having their license cancelled in 2014)

Controversies and expulsion by ICC

The 2005 ICC Trophy represented a chance for the USA to re-establish themselves on the world stage and qualify for the 2007 World Cup. A poor showing saw them finish at the bottom of their group, with four losses and a match abandoned due to rain from their five group fixtures. This failure robbed the USA of the prize of full One Day International status on offer to the World Cup qualifiers. This failure was compounded on 9 August 2005 when the ICC expelled the USA from the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup.[14]

The United States of America Cricket Association was again suspended from the ICC and the team was pulled from the World Cricket League.[15] The suspension was due to an internal dispute over a constitution for the USACA. The dispute was resolved in early 2008, and the suspension was lifted on 1 April of that year.

On 28 January 2015, the ICC sent a letter to USACA outlining several infractions and asking for a re-payment of a 200K loan it made to USACA. The letter was a notice of suspension to be realized at the ICC meeting held in April 2015. At the end of the ICC meeting "It was decided that there was a significant amount of further work that needed to be carried out in order to complete a full and proper assessment. In support of this, a Task Force headed by the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson will travel to the USA to meet relevant stakeholders in USA cricket in order to prepare a comprehensive report for further consideration by the ICC Executive Committee and ICC Board at its next meeting."

Since September 2014 the ICC has frozen USACA's funding. Due to attend the 2015 Pepsi ICC World T20 Qualifier Tournament in May 2015, USACA is without funds to send a team to Indiana USA where, ironically, the tournament is being held.

In June 2017, the ICC voted to expel the USACA when it failed to adopt a constitution that met a number of requirements to improve governance and transparency.[16]

Media and stadiums

Cricket coverage is available in the U.S. via Willow on satellite television providers DirecTV and Dish Network, as well as cable systems like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and Cox Cable.[17] In 2012, ESPN began broadcasting cricket on ESPN3 and its cable channels.[18]

The only ICC-certified cricket stadium in North America is Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida.[19]The Leo Magnus Cricket Complex in Los Angeles is an established cricket ground with four fields. The city of Indianapolis, Indiana built what it called a "world-class"[20] cricket field as part of the $6 million Indianapolis World Sports Park. The facility opened in 2014.[21][22]

Leading cricket grounds in the United States

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/422449
  2. ^ "USA Cricket inks historic commercial deal with New Zealand Cricket". ESPN Cricinfo. December 18, 2010.
  3. ^ "USA Wins Pepsi ICC "Junior Participation Initiative" Award". USACA. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "US Youth Cricket Association named Best Junior Participation Initiative by ICC Americas". DreamCricket. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "Regions of USACA". Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Regional Administrations of USACA". Archived from the original on May 17, 2009. Retrieved .
  7. ^ a b "USACA Regions". USACA Council of Leagues. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Deb K. Das (September 12, 2003). "United States of America Cricket Association". CricInfo. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ Aneesudin Khan (September 28, 2010). "Masood inducted into USA Cricket Hall of Fame". The Nation. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ Venu Palaparthi (June 18, 2013). "USA Cricket: Impact of Gladstone Dainty's presidency on USACA's revenue. [Ten years as president - Part 2]". Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ Ryan Naraine (December 17, 1999). "AN INTERVIEW with USACA ex-President RICKY CRAIG". Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ "Meet the Team". American Cricket Federation. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ Venu Palaparthi (June 4, 2013). "USA Cricket: Tenth Anniversary of Gladstone Dainty's Presidency - Review (Part 1)". Retrieved 2013.
  14. ^ "ICC suspends USA from Intercontinental Cup, Cricinfo". Content-uk.cricinfo.com. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Cricinfo - ICC suspends USA Cricket Association". Content-www.cricinfo.com. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "USACA expelled by the ICC". ESPN cricinfo. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "Willow Cricket TV Channel subscription Information". Willow TV. Archived from the original on July 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  18. ^ "USA news: ESPN buys US rights for 2015 World Cup | USA Cricket News". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved .
  19. ^ Peter Della Penna (April 14, 2013). "Plans for Florida's stadium to be redeveloped". Retrieved 2013.
  20. ^ John LaBerge (April 16, 2013). "Indy cricket stadium may be built by 2014". WISH-TV. Archived from the original on May 20, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  21. ^ "City approves World Sports Park for cricket, other sports". May 8, 2013. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  22. ^ "Don't say India, say Indianapolis | USA Cricket Features". ESPN Cricinfo. October 4, 2009. Retrieved 2013.

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