USA aims hosting ICC global events

The United States of America (USA) is looking to host at least one major ICC global event in the next eight-year TV rights cycle. Besides they also have the long-term objective to attain Full Member status.

USA Cricket board chairman Paraag Marathe and chief executive Iain Higgins revealed this, saying both goals are part of a series of ambitious targets.

This declaration comes on the back of the inaugural USA Cricket annual general meeting held in New York this Friday evening.

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“To truly make cricket a mainstream sport in the US, we need to work together to tackle five things: to grow engagement, to increase participation, to improve the performance of national teams, to deliver financial stability, and to build trust within the entire community,” Higgins said.

Marathe and Higgins also committed to launch a 22-team city-based “Minor League” T20 franchise tournament this summer. The “Minor League” is expected to lay the foundation for a “Major League Cricket” T20 franchise event launch in 2021.

This is not the first time the USA is putting in an effort to launch a franchise-based T20 cricket competition in the country. There have been several such efforts taken place and failed out in last 20 years.

It all began with ProCricket’s lone season in 2004 that was followed by a failed partnership between New Zealand Cricket and USA Cricket Association in 2010.

However, Marathe sounded confident of finding success this time around.

“The reason why we’re excited about this is because we really have an opportunity to make history together, both with Major League Cricket and ACE, and within USA Cricket and all of you guys with our USA Cricket membership.”

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