ICC complete first phase of North American tour

Dubai, May 12, 2013: ICC President Alan Isaac, Chief Executive David Richardson and Global Development Manager Tim Anderson yesterday completed the first phase of their tour of North America, concluding their trip to the United States of America (USA).

The delegation visited New York, Washington DC and Connecticut, where it met with a range of stakeholders including the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA), the US State Department, the New York Police Department (NYPD), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the City of Indianapolis and the holder of ICC’s broadcast rights in the USA, ESPN.

A visit to a Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) cricket match in Brooklyn also took place.

The trophy of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, to be staged in England and Wales from 6 to 23 June, was also displayed at various locations. This event will be broadcast across the USA on ESPN3.

At the conclusion of the USA trip, Mr Isaac said: “The development of emerging markets is a major focus of the ICC as we strive to achieve our vision of cricket becoming a bigger, better global game. The United States is a key territory in this regard, and we believe the potential for future expansion is exciting.

“It’s been a pleasure to meet the national governing body for cricket in the US, USACA, in order to understand its plans and challenges, as well as a range of other stakeholders that we feel have an important role in the future development of cricket in the USA.”

USACA President Gladstone Dainty thanked the ICC delegation for its visit, saying: “We are delighted that the ICC leadership team has visited the USA in order to witness first-hand the current status of cricket in the country.

“USACA is establishing a new strategic direction for the development of the sport in the USA, with the vision to make cricket a sport for all Americans. We look forward to continually working with the ICC, and our other partners, to make this vision a reality.”

The delegation left the USA yesterday for the second leg of the North American tour in Canada. Meetings will take place with Cricket Canada in Toronto, while the ICC Development Committee will also be held. —- ICC

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