By Orville Hall
The ICC delegation of President Alan Isaac, Chief Executive David Richardson and Global Development Manager Tim Anderson entered a second day of meetings and presentations as they met with New York City Police Commissioner, Mr. Ray Kelly, and key members of his staff. During the meeting, Commissioner Kelly explained the rationale behind efforts in 2008 to establish a cricket competition for 14 to 19 year-olds in the city of New York saying that cricket had been an invaluable tool to get youngsters involved in a positive experience.
Commissioner Kelly explained that cricket provides young people with an opportunity to interact with members of the NYPD department, allowing them to develop an understanding of their role in developing a positive local community spirit.
ICC President Mr. Alan Isaac presented the Commissioner with a cricket bat autographed by the captains of the two men’s finalists from the ICC World Twenty20 2012 – West Indies’ Darren Sammy and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene – in recognition of this innovative program in the New York City Region.
Mr. Isaac said; “The NYPD Youth Cricket League is a wonderful example of engaging youth from diverse communities in our great game. I would like to commend Commissioner Kelly and his team on their efforts.”
USACA CEO Mr. Darren Beazley also made a presentation on behalf of USACA and pledged to work closely in promoting youth initiatives such as this.
Following the meeting, ICC Global Development Manager Mr. Tim Anderson commented on the new direction that cricket has undertaken in the USA.
“The NYPD Cricket League is great example of how our great sport can have a really positive impact on diverse communities, and with the support of the national body for cricket in the US, it would be great to see this model replicated in other parts of the country.
USACA has expressed a desire for cricket to become a sport for all Americans, and from what we’ve seen and heard today, the NYPD will be an important partner in making that vision a reality.”
The delegation also held a series of commercial meetings in New York, before heading out to Citi Field Stadium (formerly Shea Stadium) in Flushing, New York to see the New York Mets take on the Chicago White Sox. Whilst the Mets failed to win on the evening, the ICC visitors enjoyed a truly American experience complete with home runs, hot dogs and the famous seventh innings stretch!