About The U.S. In Stanford Cup 2007?
By Orin Davidson
Now that the United States senior cricket team has announced its return
as a heavyweight in the Americas Region, it is now a fine opportunity
for the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) to capitalize
by killing two birds with one stone.
Before leaving for the Americas Cup two weeks ago, no one knew what
to expect from the new look side senior team with a new captain.
Now with a second place finish after being denied the championship
title by rain everyone knows we have a strong team which can only
get better by virtue of his youth and talent.
According to team captain Steve Massiah, International Cricket Council
(ICC) officials were highly impressed with their two victories and
another denied by rain over eventual champions Bermuda.
It means the team has now earned a great of respect by not only the
world ruling body, but also from the authorities in Bermuda, Canada,
the Cayman Islands and by extension their senior cousins from the
West Indian Islands.
As a result, the USACA authorities now has a product it could use
to its benefit with help from the ICC and give its players much needed
international exposure. As is done in other sports disciplines USACA
could raise much needed finance by arranging competitions with other
countries for games outside of those under the ICC’s jurisdiction.
Our national ruling body could resuscitate its annual series with
Canada that should realize healthy returns from gate money, sponsorship
and possibly television rights.
Cricket exposure on Canadian TV is big business these days with the
emergence of the CBN cable channel dedicated specifically for competitions
around the world.
Surely a series hyped by the authorities in both countries could be
attractive for that channel in a country that has no known rivalry
with America even in the disciplines that drive the fans nuts like
baseball, football and basketball.
Outside of Canada, other well off countries in America’s league
like Scotland, the United Arab Emirate and Wales, could be approached
for similar ventures with the influence of the ICC.
Even more ambitiously, USACA could make approaches to Allen Stanford
to have the U.S. team compete in the multi-million dollar Stanford
Cup that is now known will continue next year.
Although our national team has not yet played in any 20/20 games,
the experience in the game’s newest innovation is not alien
to the majority of our players.
Apart from Lennox Cush who was part of the current Stanford champions
Guyana squad, most of the other players would’ve been exposed
to 20/20 competition in their respective cities.
In New York the Ahmad Caribbean Cup 20/20 series is growing in popularity
since being introduced this year where Massiah and his Big Apple teammates
are now versed in its requirements.
And with the huge monetary benefits the participating countries receive
from Stanford, this is an opportunity USACA should grab with both
Without a doubt many more countries out there are angling to get in
on the 2007 series, but America has an advantage because Stanford
Certainly, nothing would be more pleasing to the Texan billionaire
than to have the Stars and Stripes uniform on display in Antigua.
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