USACA and the West Indies Board see the partnership as a move designed to open up more high performance cricket opportunities for United States players while also accelerating cricket development in the USA.
Because of the fact that a third of the US’ cricket leagues were reportedly throwing their support behind USACA’s rival organization, the American Cricket Federation, the point of concern about USACA’s possible fall-out from ICC’s membership lay in ICC Rules that associate membership is dependent upon a board proving that they are the sole recognized governing body for cricket in the country.
USACA’s current position also counts the recent resignations of top officials, the chief executive and the high performance manager and also claims of USACA’s being in debt running into millions of dollars.
But whether the West Indies Cricket Board are in the know or not about USACA’s position, the USACA-WICB partnership was settled upon yesterday.
As part of the partnership, a member of the WICB Board of Directors will sit on the USACA board.
This, it is said, will facilitate, among other things, the exchange of higher performing players from USACA member leagues and clubs into WICB development programs.
And In addition, USACA’s new Chief Executive Officer will have a position on the WICB’s Chief Executive Committee to help develop stronger economic best practices going forward for the US market.
WICB President Mr. Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron commented: “This is the right way for us to help develop the US market. We are going to be engaged on a day-to-day basis on the three core pillars for development. We will rapidly build plans and open up infrastructure for bringing top US players into the West Indian development system, and we are supporting the finalization of the current USACA governance changes.”
Gladstone Dainty, USACA President noted, “having the opportunity to work closely with another full member country offers exciting opportunities for US players looking to sharpen skills and experiences with world-class cricketers.
John Thickett, the USACA Treasurer said, that it is, “very exciting that the WICB is dedicating the time and resources to working with us. Both regions and leagues preparing for the national championships in Indianapolis, and youth players looking for development opportunities in their futures should see this as a very beneficial long term development.”