Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 28th 2015 Contents "Not being able to see the forest
for the trees" can be loosely trans-
lated to another idiom; "Not being
aware of the bigger picture." Crick-
et accommodates both!
So, news that USACA, United
States Cricket Association, has been,
again, for at least the third time,
suspended by International Cricket
Council, will have come as no sur-
prise to anyone, if, like me, you had
your ears to the ground as to what
transpires perennially as organised
cricket in USA.
While we were completing
assignments for ESPN International,
covering ICC World T-20 Cham-
pionships played in Bangladesh in
early 2014, even then this suspen-
sion was on the cards, as confirmed
by an associate who had inside,
secure knowledge of this terrible
<The American Factions>
Cricket in USA has been fractured
into factions with no positively gov-
erning unit to sew it all up.
South/Central Florida faction,
Washington/New York or Eastern
USA faction, then those of middle-
and Kansas etc---along with Texas
faction, and the Western USA fac-
tion, which includes Nevada and
California, are just a few such pieces.
Yes, distances are great, but the
cricket-enjoying and game-playing
population in USA, even with influ-
ences of descendants, probably third
generation by now, of primarily
Indians, Pakistanis, other Asian
countries, West Indians, Australians,
New Zealanders and Englishmen,
could not be more than, being gen-
erous, 50 million, in this vast land
whose population is nearing 400
<Is the ICC at fault here>
United Kingdom and especially
India have way more than 50 million
people, yet they manage to organise
their cricket in a positively accept-
able manner for their populace.
Why is it not so for USA? Can
ICC not be held somewhat respon-
sible for this situation too?
I know David Richardson, whom
I have great respect for, former
South African wicket-keeper, now
lawyer and ICC s Chief Executive
Officer, relatively well. Of course,
because of his latter profession, he
recognizes, understands and follows
legal due process, as most legal
Sometimes, though, that process
simply takes too damn long. Hope-
fully, this is final straw for USACA
as the useless crab-in-a-barrel enti-
ty it has been for so long. It is time
for vast changes!
Also noteworthy is that my old
adversary, a wonderful batsman in
his time, Pakistan s Zaheer Abbas,
a real legend, has been "promoted"
to being ICC s interim president for
the next year.
<What cricket really need>
Our sport needs two cricketers
at the helm, real people with expe-
riences of fighting in the trenches,
not just pen pushers and account-
ants, who do also have their rightful
But, reiterating rhetorically, how
can ICC have allowed this unadul-
terated mess in USA s cricket to
continue in exactly the same fashion
over so many years?
If you think that West Indies
cricket has been badly run, you real-
ly have not seen or understood any-
thing yet as to how terribly ineffi-
ciently cricket in United States of
America has been run.
ICC should have enforced its
accountability mandates ages ago.
All that USACA has always been is
a small fiefdom, an incompetent
There has always been that eter-
nal wish that cricket would properly
break into the psyche of sports in
USA. Indeed, West Indies Cricket
Board had been originally tasked at
taking USA s cricket to that next
higher level. Unfortunately, that
has never happened.
USA s cricketing masses have
been even more enlivened with the
airing, on ESPN International s plat-
forms, of ICC World T-20 2014 and
recent ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
from Australia and New Zealand,
and the offerings have been rap-
turously received. Now this!
As the saying goes; "better late
than never." ICC must now, as never
before, as main monitoring and gov-
erning body of cricket world-wide,
make its full weight and office not
only known, but wholly effective,
leaving USACA no lee-way what-
soever. This mess must finally be
Since 1981, when I came to reside
in South Florida, I have followed
this situation, and as they say in
Guyana; "it moves from pillar to
post," hitting every possible obstacle
of bad management. No-one seems
to ever know what is going on with
USA cricket, not even those making
USACA has been as closed a shop
managerially as some middle-east-
ern countries have ever been, but
those countries have one thing in
their favor; continued upwards
financial mobility, even if nepotism
and lineage play out well too.
USACA has always been clothed in
I have had contacts and commu-
nications with several independent
cricket entities in USA, and all,
without exception, have had nothing
but disparagingly bad reports about
Yet, if you remember, it was not
so long ago, in the late 1990 s and
early 2000 s, that USA and Canada
were considered to be close to, if
indeed not better than Bermuda,
Scotland and Ireland in ICC ratings
for Associate cricket countries.
Both Canada and USA had even
teams come to the Caribbean to
participate in our regional cricket
competitions, so as to toughen them
up for further climbs up ICC s Asso-
Recently, Canada was down-
graded to No. 20 and USA a lowly
No. 23. That is disgraceful!
We shall see how this goes, but
thankfully, time is winding down
on the present USACA! Enjoy!
June 28, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
COLIN EH CROFT
'USACA suspended---Sometimes, cricket
does not see the forest for the trees!'
Tim Anderson, right, the ICC head of global development and West Indies
President Dave Cameron---"What we want to find out is what is happening
in the USA in cricket" © Peter Della Penna.
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