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Several Major Cricket Leagues Form New Organization to Manage Sport in America
Cricket America Media Release
More than twenty cricket leagues from across United States joined
together to form a new organization to manage the sport yesterday. The
participating leagues include several of the largest and historically
rooted leagues. The new organization will be called Cricket America.
Cricket has been played in America for three centuries and the
United States is responsible for many historic cricketing firsts
including the first international cricket match, first overseas tour and
first overseas tour by a collegiate team. Throughout the twentieth
century, however, cricket lost ground to other sports. During the last
decade, the United States has experienced a groundswell of interest in
cricket in the country, especially among immigrants from cricket playing
While the sport is once again experiencing a surge in grassroots
enthusiasm, it has been unable to make significant inroads into the
American sporting landscape. The reasons are many but foremost among
them are the absence of a coherent strategy and a robust organizational
The new organization hopes to have greater success by effectively
coordinating player and fan development on and off the pitch. Cricket
America will foster an inclusive community involving all of the sport’s
stakeholders and attract investment by managing the sport through a
commitment to transparency and sustainable development initiatives.
"The need for transparency, authentic political inclusion and
effective participation of all members in the decision-making process
are the founding principles of Cricket America. We believe that the way
forward for cricket in the USA is inclusion and not exclusion," said
Leighton Greenidge, President of Southern Connecticut Cricket
Association, who is the Convenor Cricket America's Steering Committee.
Cricket America's forward-looking vision is to offer each aspiring
cricketer and fan the opportunity to discover, learn, and participate in
the sport regardless of age, gender or cultural background. Cricket
America will channel the passion and energy of those already playing the
sport to attract new players and continue grassroots development.
Consistent with this, Cricket America will focus on creating shared
resources and sporting infrastructure that can be utilized by organizers
and volunteers around the country to fuel the game's expansion.
Cricket America's founding members are moving quickly to transform
the organization's vision into reality. A steering committee and an
advisory board composed of several talented and experienced individuals
have been formed, and a variety of sub-committees are finalizing the
operational details of the new organization. The organization's
founding members will conduct road shows in all major cities within the
Avinash Varma, President of Washington Metro Cricket Board and a
member of Cricket America’s steering committee said, "Cricket America
will transform the cricketing landscape of this country through
transparency and accountability. We are working to create an
organization that American cricketers will be proud of and one that will
be seen as the flag bearer of the game in USA."
Those interested in helping chart a new, sustainable path for
American cricket are invited to join the growing number of volunteers by
writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.