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USA Cricket: ICC donation to USYCA was a mistake

2013 Jun 13 by DreamCricket USA

USYCA noted that it had agreed to co-fund construction costs for new youth pitches in the United States this year. USYCA assured its supporters in Toronto and Dubai that the funds will be translated directly into action at the grassroots level, putting bats and cricket balls in the hands of young people across America.

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[Updated on June 13, 2013]

The International Cricket Council (ICC) made an unsolicited donation in excess of $8000 to US Youth Cricket Association, the organization announced on June 10, 2013.  Three days later, ICC Americas Regional Development Manager, Ben Kavenagh, asked for the money to be returned as the funds were incorrectly given.

In a media release, USYCA welcomed the ICC donation and said that "[the funding] came at a particularly busy time for USYCA, which has continued its critical work in American schools while simultaneously pushing forward with the creation and support of new youth programs and leagues."

USYCA noted that it had agreed to co-fund construction costs for new youth pitches in the United States this year and assured its supporters in Toronto and Dubai that the funds will be translated directly into action at the grassroots level, putting bats and cricket balls in the hands of young people across America.

Following the call from ICC for the return of the funds, Harrison issued this statement in June 13, 2013: "It is unfortunate that the ICC, which found itself on the precipice of doing good for cricket in America, has instead found itself unable to do so. In context of my earlier comments in relation to appropriate oversight of US cricket management, it now appears that I was naive in thinking that the ICC had at last understood the right thing to do in America. In my innocence, I still hope that altruistic service might one day be the hallmark of the game in the United States, though I recognize that recent history is not in our favor.

I apologize to all those whose hopes I inadvertently raised by thinking that the ICC had at last decided to support American youth cricket. I take full responsibility for the misunderstanding, and remain hopeful that one day the international governing body will join our mission to build a brighter future for American cricket."

USYCA's many fans took to Twitter following the 'undonation'  and began a fundraising drive in a show of support.  Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) tweeted: "It won’t be the $8000 that the ICC took away, but come pay day next week, I’m throwing some money the way of USYCA."