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By Peter Della Penna
The ICC Americas Regional Development office in Toronto has unveiled
the list of winners for the 2011 Pepsi ICC Development Program Awards
for the Americas Region. USA claimed two awards – Photo of the Year and
Best Women’s Cricket Initiative. The awards are given to recognize
efforts to spread and grow the game for countries at the Associate
The Photo of the Year, titled “In Flight”, was used in an article
that appeared in the Stamford (CT) Advocate. It’s an image of
seven-year-old Rehman Dar from Shaheen Cricket Club in Stamford who is
pictured in his delivery stride while a garbage can stands adjacent to
him acting as a set of stumps.
beat out the other Associate countries in the Best Women’s Cricket
Initiative category for the Apple Pickers Foundation’s involvement in
funding the USA Women’s team’s preparation for the 2011 ICC Women’s
World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh. USACA received a $100,000 grant from
the Apple Pickers Foundation, which is based in Westerly, Rhode Island.
USACA used the majority of the money to hold a 10-day training camp in
Barbados last August for members of the USA Women’s squad ahead of the
ICC tournament in November.
The two awards for USA this year follow an award USA won in 2010 for
Best Junior Cricket Initiative, which recognized Jamie Harrison’s
efforts with the United States Youth Cricket Association. This year’s
winners will be judged against winners from the four other Associate
regions of the ICC for the global awards.
Global award winners in the Pepsi ICC Development Program Annual
Awards will receive a $2,000 cricket equipment grant that will go to the
national governing body of the winning country. USACA has a chance to
win up to $4,000 in cricket equipment grants from the ICC. Global
winners will be announced by February 28.