Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Update USA Cricket eyes Full Member status by 2030 and cricket at 2028 Olympics
#1

[Image: usa-cricket-announced-its-ambi.jpg]

USA Cricket announced its ambitious plans to secure a Full Member status by the end of the year 2030. A media release issued on Thursday (October 15) outlined the organisation's key activity areas and objectives around which their energies and resources would be focused in a long-term manner. Apart from their zealous drive to become a full member, some of the other highlights include a fervent attempt to make cricket part of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic games, procuring five new international grade cricket stadiums, hosting ICC events and a state-of-the-art High-Performance Centre.

The coveted pathway to attain full member status with the ICC is an arduous eight-year challenge. Apart from financial and governance hurdles it requires the men's team to participate in at least three World Cups, defeat a full member in an ICC event and further defeating them four more times in a bilateral series. The guidelines also mandate the men's U-19s to qualify for two U-19 World Cups in an eight-year cycle and the women's team needing to qualify for a World Cup within the last four years from the time the full member application is made. While the men's senior team have shown promise by securing the ODI status, the U-19s and women face a steep challenge, particularly the latter with a T20 ranking of number 31.

The foundation plan mentions the focus on T20 cricket often perceived as a vehicle to explore untapped cricketing markets across the globe. To the centre of the focus in T20s is the proposed fully professional Major League T20 slated to be launched in 2022. However very reliable sources have revealed that there might be a short season that can kick off in the summer of 2021.

"T20 cricket's design and appeal lends itself especially well to finding relevance in US's sporting landscape in particular. We are most certainly not abandoning other forms of cricket, and we respect the importance of our ODI status, and we want to continue to be competitive and improve in that format as well. However, in any strategy, you have to make strategic choices about where you're going to prioritise time, energy and resources, and, at least for the lifetime of this Foundational Plan, we will seek to out T20 cricket at the centre of our plans," Iain Higgins, USA Cricket CEO and former ICC COO, told Cricbuzz.

The foundational plan also accentuated the efforts USA Cricket envisions to carry out to have cricket enlisted as a part of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Ian Higgins again will find himself at the forefront of this gridlock between the ICC and International Olympic Committee (IOC). Cricket's inclusion in the Olympics gathered steam during Higgins reign as the ICC COO and it is believed that much of the groundwork to establish a relationship between the ICC and IOC was nurtured under the watch of Higgins.

"Cricket's inclusion in the Olympic Games would undoubtedly be an enormous catalyst for growth of cricket in this country. Ultimately, the responsibility for leading this project lies with the ICC as the sport's international federation and it would need all of its members to be supportive before it could progress. However, a lot of work has been done over the past few years to scope out the opportunity and the interest from the IOC and the Olympic community and women's cricket has been able to secure inclusion in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which is a great step forward and will show how cricket can thrive in a multi-sports games.

"I personally think that cricket would be a blockbuster event in the Olympics and we are supporting ongoing conversations with key stakeholders to make sure that the sport is as best placed as it can be for when it is ready to make the full commitment to pursue the opportunity" said Higgins.

The prelude to all this would be USA Cricket's affiliation to the US Olympic Committee. It is a step in a positive direction as USA Cricket stands to gain innumerable material benefits with this recognition. This admission will make USA Cricket eligible of monetary grants and access to many of USOC's high performance and training centres nationwide. Between its induction in the 2016 Olympic games and affiliation in 2010, USA Rugby received in excess of USD 3 million to sustain the sport. These grants will be particularly appealing to a fledgling organisation like USA Cricket.

Cricketing infrastructure including creation and maintenance of quality turf wickets, certified coaching personnel and emergence of quality youth and women players remain the biggest impediments in USA Cricket's Vision 2030. USA Cricket have done well to put pen to paper but the litmus test lies in the execution.

Source
Reply


Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)