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Will we ever see quality cricket in USA?
by Venu Palaparthi
Mar 20, 2005
One thing is clear - when it comes to hosting international cricket, USA is not going anywhere fast! There is only one constant in cricket no matter where you live - politics.

USA has everything, over a million cricket enthusiasts who are happy to put their money where their hearts are (cricket costs more than boxing on pay-per-view!). USA has a large number of grassroots level players who would give up anything to play their favorite game on weekends. And USA has a playing season that stretches over 4 months in many places. Not to forget those cricket-crazy fans from the sub-continent who will die to watch their stars in action on American soil.

Alas, USA also has a cricket body whose politics does nothing to serve the interests of the sport's many fans.

Any hopes that world class cricket will come to USA were dashed at this week's meeting of the ICC executives in Delhi. ICC had decided to suspend the project a month ago. Yesterday, ICC announced that the project was terminated "in light of the inability of the United States of America Cricket Association to address the fundamental governance issues of the game in the USA."

Ehsan Mani, the ICC's president, said that the board was left with little choice but to make this decision in the absence of "an effective governing body for cricket in the United States."

Eager to prove him right, USA Cricket Association President Gladstone Dainty, announced on Sunday, March 13, that the executive had suspended Secretary Bobby Refaie, one of his bitterest critics. In the same breath, he also suspended three candidates in the board's elections.

Refaie's suspension was because he had "included a number of ineligible candidates in the ballots for elections." The three candidates in question were all considered to have a solid chance of defeating existing board members. In fact, upon completion of the vote count in two regions – North East and Council of Presidents – the independent auditor was unable to declare a winner because the candidates gaining the most votes had been barred from standing by Dainty.

So where does all of this leave you, the fan?

If you are wealthy, you feel secure in your career, and don't care about sleeping at work after watching cricket all night, you can continue to catch cricketing action on those expensive satellite networks.

Sidenote: $250 for a series - who came up with that pricing!? At this rate, pretty soon, it will be cheaper to fly to UK or even India to watch a series!

 
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