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The American Cricket Federation (ACF) announced the launch of a full season 40-over competition, the American Cricket Champions League (ACCL).
In the absence of a season-long tournament for leagues, regional and national teams have generally been chosen through ad hoc selection exercises or tournaments held over long weekends. In stark contrast, ACF's proposed inter-league tournament will feature league teams that will play each other in six geographic divisions.
According to ACF, the season will conclude with the six divisional winners converging in Florida in October to play in the national championship. The winner of that tournament will be the national champion, and will automatically earn the right to become the US representative in the North American Cricket Championship, which will be held the following March in Phoenix.
Teams in the ACCL will have home and away matches, with three points awarded for a road win, two points for a home win and one point each for matches abandoned due to weather.
ACF announced that Avinash Varma of the Washington Metropolitan Cricket Board will serve as the ACCL’s first commissioner. Varma said, “The launch of the ACCL marks an important milestone in the growth of ACF and the evolution of cricket in the United States. For perhaps the first time in US cricket history, cricketers from across the entire country will be able to compete with their peers and play for a single national championship, which will galvanize cricketers, both youth and adult, from across the nation.
“The launch of ACCL should herald exciting times for US cricketers and another key step in unifying American cricket.”
ACF Board Chairman Jagan Jagannathan said, “ACF is proud and excited to launch this first-of-a-kind inter-league national championship for US men’s cricket. Leagues are the lifeblood of American men’s cricket, and competing against each other in a season-long format will make for compelling top-level cricket.
“With the national champion league getting the honor of representing the US against the best from Canada, the ACCL will provide year-long bragging rights and much-deserved attention and accolades for both leagues and players.”
The divisions for the 2014 season are:
New England Division (Division Representative: Leighton Greenidge): Massachusetts State Cricket League; Southern Connecticut Cricket Association; Commonwealth Cricket League
Mid-Atlantic Division (Division Representative: Garnet Lalputan): Greater Philadelphia Cricket League; Cricket League of New Jersey; Washington Metro Cricket Board; Mid-Atlantic Cricket Conference
Florida Division (Division Representative: Wayne Ramnarine): Florida Cricket Conference; North Florida Cricket League; Florida Southeast Cricket League
Great Lakes Division (Division Representative: Shahid Ahmed): Midwest Cricket Conference; Michigan Cricket Association
Ohio Valley Division (Division Representative: Parag Pandya): Pittsburgh Cricket Association; Midwest Cricket Tournament
Southwest Division (Division Representative: Shantha Suraweera): Orange County Cricket Association; Arizona Cricket Association; Southern California Cricket Association