[Article Source: USA Cricket / File Photo: Copyright by Peter Della Penna]
USA Cricket became the 105th Member of the International Cricket Council today. The news comes 18 months after the expulsion of the last governing body (USACA).
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today welcomed USA Cricket as its 105th Member, in what is a historical milestone for the governing body established in 2017 to unify and develop the cricket community in the United States following the expulsion of USACA.
USA Cricket’s application to become the 93rd Associate Member in accordance with the ICC Constitution was approved by ICC Members following the Membership Committee’s recommendation to the ICC Board late last year and is implemented with immediate effect.
As a Member of the ICC, USA Cricket is now eligible to receive funding in accordance with the ICC Development Funding Policy and can sanction domestic and international cricket in the United States.
A transition plan has been agreed for the governing body, which has, to date, been managed by the ICC Americas regional support programme. This will see all governing body obligations transferred to USA Cricket under the auspices of the USA Cricket Board of Directors this month. The recruitment of a Chief Executive and key management roles will begin in due course as the immediate priorities of the new Member.
ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson said: "This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and I would like to congratulate the Chair of USA Cricket, Paraag Marathe, and the Board, on this important milestone and wish them all the very best for the future.
USA Cricket Board Chair, Paraag Marathe said: "USA Cricket was established to bring together the cricket community in the United States, develop the game and unlock the sport’s undoubted potential for growth. Today’s confirmation that it is the ICC’s newest Member is a significant staging post on that journey.
“As David mentioned, this recognition is not just the work of our Board but is a result of thousands of volunteer hours over the last 18 months and USA Cricket appreciates the time, effort and sacrifice of all those involved.
“On behalf of our Board of Directors and the entire U.S. cricket community, I also want to thank the ICC and the other 104-member countries for your faith in us to deliver on the nearly limitless potential for cricket in the United States. We do not take this responsibility lightly and pledge to lead this great game with the integrity, passion and tireless work ethic that is a foundation for global cricket.”
The journey towards ICC membership was assisted by passionate volunteers who have played various roles at every step of the way over the last 18 months including as members of the Board of Directors and working groups and committees like the Sustainable Foundation Advisory Group, the Nominating and Governance Committee and the other advisory groups in the areas of participation, performance and fan and market development. In addition, there were hundreds of individuals who came to town hall meetings and roadshows to help shape the future for USA Cricket.
On its website, USA Cricket listed the various milestones on the path to its successful ICC membership:
September, 2017 – USA Cricket’s logo & social identities released
Fall/Winter, 2017 – Membership roadshows
November, 2017 – Website at www.USACricket.org launched
December, 2017 – USA Cricket’s Constitution approved
February, 2018 – Membership opens
March, 2018 – Historic Team USA Women’s tour to Australia and Rookie League program launched
Spring/Summer, 2018 – Men’s, Women’s and U19 Combines
Summer, 2018 – Eligible voter “Peer Review”
July, 2018 – USA Cricket Board elections start
August, 2018 – Full Board seated including three Independent Directors
September, 2018 – Team USA Men win the T20 Sub Regional Qualifier
October, 2018 – USA Cricket Board Chair elected
November, 2018 – Team USA Men qualify for Division 2 & T20 Professional League RFP released
January, 2019 – ICC Recognition
The organization also set a deadline of January 18th for responses to its RFP for a US-based T20 Professional League.