Chanderpaul Affirms Support For The 2010
American College Cricket Spring Break Championship
On the heels of staging the historic and succesful American College
Cricket Spring Break Championship '09, American College Cricket's
Lloyd Jodah and Nino DiLoreto are gearing up for the 2010 Championship.
The first order of business was meeting with Chris Thakoorpersad,
Manager of the 2008 ICC and Wisden Cricketer of the Year Shiv Chanderpaul.
Thakoorpersad affirmed Chanderpaul's longterm commitment to supporting
College Cricket in the United States and said.
"With all the honors Shiv is receiving, he wants to give back
to the game he loves and boosting youth cricket in America is one
way of doing that. One day his son may want to go to college and
play cricket and that may very well be in the United States."
Shivnarine Chanderpaul batting against
England at Providence Stadium in Guyana. Photo
by Shiek Mohamed, March 2009
Chris went on to say that he and Chanderpaul are
proud to be associated with American College Cricket and its plans
to develop College Cricket in the United States. "Whenever
Shiv's cricket schedule permits, he will make appearances at American
College Cricket's major events" he added.
"We are ecstatic to have the support of Shiv, one of the Alltime
great batsmen and allround good guy," Jodah declared.
Nino DiLoreto, Vice President of American College Cricket, stated
that the Championship will return to the Central Broward Regional
Park in Lauderhill, Florida next year. "We received great support
from the City of Lauderhill. Mayor Richard Kaplan, Commissioner
Dale Holness and Leslie Tropepe did a great job" stated DiLoreto.
"The South Florida Cricket Community supported the Championship
especially Brian Edun of Laparkan Shipping, Eddy Edwards, Ravi Etwaroo,
Bedessee of Bedessee Sporting Goods, Danny Khan of the Florida Cricket
Umpire Association and Hal Batson among others."
The Quality Inn Conference Center at Sawgrass Mills will once again
be the Official Hotel of the Championship. "The Hotel staff
really did a great job of taking care of the Teams. The Hotel is
located near to the Stadium and beaches, provided transportation,
and the players enjoyed the amenities" said DiLoreto.
The American College Cricket Spring Break Championship received
unprecedented media coverage for cricket in the US. The New York
Times was there for the duration of the Championship and provided
a two page special report in its national and international editions.
The NY Times also produced a Video highlighting the Championship
which Sports Illustrated posted as a "Must See Video."
DreamCricket.com, CricketWorld.com, NewYorkCricket.com, Caribbean
National Weekly, and International Media from India, England, Australia,
South Africa and others also reported on the Championship.
Lloyd Jodah, President of American College Cricket, announced that
the 2010 Championship will be a four day event. "There will
be a minimum of 16 College Teams competing for the Shiv Chanderpaul
Trophy" stated Jodah. "In addition CricketWorld.com's
Jim White is planning on bringing 2 British Universities Teams and
we will invite the University of the West Indies as Guests,"
The five pioneering Teams that participated in the 2009 Championship:
Montgomery College, Carnegie Mellon University, Boston University,
The University of South Florida and the University of Miami have
enthusiastically indicated that they will return.
This year's Champions Montgomey College are getting kudos at home,
including a Press Conference by the College. Participating Cricketers
from the other Colleges are also receiving attention as requests
for interviews are coming in from as far away as Australia.
Tangible benefits have already emerged as a result of the Championship.
The University of South Florida now has a Coach. Hubert Smythe,
an ICC certified Umpire and Coach, will do the honors. Likewise
at the University of Miami where Brian Edun will coach the 'Canes.
Barry University will field a Team for the first time and has a
Match scheduled with UMiami. Students at Hofstra University have
taken the first steps in starting a Cricket Club and a Coach has
also been found for them.
"The College Cricket Movement is spreading like wildfire. The
enthusiasm and passion exibited by the student athletes is tremendous.
It motivates Nino and I to work even harder to bring College Cricket
to the mainstream of the American Sports landscape," stated
The tentative dates for the 2010 American College Cricket Spring
Break Championship are March 18-21, 2010. The Semi Finals and Finals
will be played in the Lauderhill Cricket Stadium and will be webcast
worldwide. For more information call 954-732-5527 or 718 751 6117.