USACA woke up from its slumber yet again, as it has done following extended periods of winter hibernation over the last two decades, only to make a typically typo-riddled announcement about a pair of bilateral engagements against Cricket India Men and Women. USACA called each series a "major international event" without offering any details regarding the visitors.
USACA woke up from its slumber yet again, as it has done in the past following extended periods of winter hibernation, only to make a typically typo-riddled announcement about a pair of bilateral engagements against 'Cricket India' Men and Women. USACA called each series a "major international event" without offering any details regarding the visitors.
DreamCricket did some due diligence on the visitors and the organization that they represent. The visitors appear to be men and women from the Indian Twenty20 Cricket Federation (ITCF). The ITCF by its own admission "has no concern with those BCCI & ICC." Instead, the Indian outfit, founded and run by its Founding Secretary Piyush Rana, is approved by the ITCF USA, an organization based in Davenport, Florida, which calls itself the "international governing body of T20 cricket." In effect, USACA's bilateral series is against a visiting Indian side which is approved by a Florida organization that also supposedly "overlooks and maintains the Rules of T20 Cricket." We are not making this up, you can read all about it here
The organization also conducts "various international T20 cricket events (such as the World Cup and the Jr World Cup)." The ITCF's most recent such international tournament was held in Munger in Bihar, India. The six team tournament featured three teams from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal and three ITCF teams. Like you, we too were puzzled by the choice of Munger for an international tournament. We simply had not heard of this place in the context of cricket. We looked it up as well and found this
: Munger is the hub of illegal gun-making in Bihar and a "favorite destination for criminals."
USACA's press release revealed very little about the players that will represent 'Cricket India.' As for the Americans, the press release did say that the team will be selected by a selection committee comprising Clayton Lambert, Steve Massiah and Nasir Charlie Javed.
Not much is known regarding the venues for this proposed "major international event" that USACA expects to host. Instead, the USACA press release
carried a confusingly worded invitation: "The Office of Executive Secretary is seeking from the entire membership of USACA Interest to host the Cricket India’s All India Men Twenty20 Cricket Federation game with USACA National Men Team in the member’s Infrastructure."
Little wonder then that the ICC issued a press release of its own emphasizing the unsanctioned nature of these two bilateral series. "Neither event is recognized by the BCCI or ICC," the ICC noted. Since USACA's press release insisted it was the national governing body for cricket in the US since 1965, the ICC also clarified yet again that USACA was expelled by the ICC in June 2017.
"In accordance with the ICC’s regulations on sanctioning events, no person affiliated to a National Cricket Federation is permitted to participate in any disapproved cricket. This prohibition applies to players, match officials, coaching or management staff affiliated to a National Cricket Federation or any team affiliated to a National Cricket Federation."