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The Northern California Cricket Association (NCCA) today announced that the NCCA National Men’s Open T20 Tournament has been officially sanctioned by the United States Cricket Association (USACA). The tournament, to be held over the July 4 weekend, will be open to all US based teams and is expected to attract international teams from Canada and Bermuda, the league noted in a media release issued by USACA.
Speaking on the occasion, NCCA President Sunil Kumar said, "The prize money for the winning the tournament is $20,000 which we believe will be an excellent incentive for talented cricketers to compete in this tournament."
Kumar said that the region's cricket friendly weather "will provide an unparallel experience to the top flight cricketers participating in this tournament."
"I would like to thank USACA for sanctioning our tournament and for agreeing to support us in our efforts to bring quality cricket to the North West Region”.
USACA CEO Darren Beazley noted that the tournament was a first test for its new sanctioning policy. “USACA receives many, many approaches from groups seeking sanctioning for their tournaments or competitions each year. Very often these approaches lack the depth of preparation and planning for consideration by the peak cricket body in the country," Beazley said.
"Sanctioning has an important part to play in the new direction for cricket in the US as it addresses quality control issues such as facility assessment, player insurance, responsible financial management and so forth. Just as importantly, the official USACA sanction provides the competing players with the confidence that the organizers have successfully completed a thorough and comprehensive assessment regime by the peak cricket body in this country.”
The USACA Sanctioning Policy is available at www.usaca.org the release noted.