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The American Cricket Federation (ACF) announced that the Southern California Cricket Association (SCCA), the largest and oldest cricket league in the western United States, has joined ACF. Including SCCA, ACF's membership now comprises seventeen hard ball leagues and two softball leagues.
SCCA was one of the early supporters of ACF and hosted the organization's first T20 tournament. SCCA has debated the membership decision for some months now and has decided on a middle path.
According to a source, SCCA's first division will join USACA as an affiliate so that players who are strong prospects for Team USA are not affected by the league's decision to join ACF. The source, on condition of anonymity, said: "The overall feeling is that we don't recognize either as a governing body."
"USACA obviously has the ICC recognition and therefore the players want to have an opportunity to play for the USA at the international level but nothing they (USACA) have done has had a positive impact in southern California that I can recall."
SCCA was founded in 1935 and maintains the world class Woodley Cricket Grounds, in Van Nuys. Comprising 48 teams playing in four divisions, the SCCA’s reach extends from Santa Barbara in the north to San Diego in the south, and from Long Beach on the west to San Bernardino on the east.
“I am excited about SCCA joining the ACF family. It is certainly a new beginning for cricket in the USA,” said SCCA president Kamal Azeez. “I hope that, in the coming months and years, working together in building partnerships with the schools and other youth organizations in the country, we can forge ahead to put cricket permanently on the map in America.”
ACF CEO Jamie Harrison said, “We couldn’t be happier to welcome the Southern California Cricket Association to our team.
“When I visited with SCCA in October, I was impressed with their passion for the game and their dedication to its success. Walking the wickets at Woodley with curator Richard Blackledge, I also learned about the commitment required to maintain first-class cricket grounds, and gained insight as to how we might spread that commitment across America.
“With the addition of the SCCA to the ranks of the ACF, we accelerate our drive to unite all cricket-loving Americans in an organization that is truly worthy of that passion, dedication and commitment.”