American Cricket Federation
The American Cricket Federation announces that from March 7-9, Phoenix, Arizona will be the site of the North American Cricket Championship™, a three-match, 40-over series between the ACF National Champion Midwest Cricket Conference and the Toronto Cricket Club.

This exciting series pits the American national champion league against the top Canadian club in a contest that will decide which nation plays the best local cricket. The matches will be played on three turf wickets, and will have real-time coverage online through CricHQ.

The setting for the NACC is the picturesque Nichols Park Basin, one of the best turf-wicket grounds in the United States. Named one of the USA’s best cricket grounds in 2009, the Basin sits 30 feet below street level, providing excellent viewing angles for spectators. ACF member Arizona Cricket Association is the official host of the NACC.

“The Arizona Cricket Association is proud to host the inaugural North American Cricket Championship™, which will be played on one of DreamCricket.com’s top five USA cricket grounds,” said ACA president Rod Gohil. “This was also the ground selected for shooting Direct TV’s commercial with Australia’s Shaun Marsh and baseball’s Manny Ramirez for their “Cricket Ticket” promotion.”

Going forward, the NACC will be the annual kickoff event to the ACF cricket calendar, immediately followed by the American Cricket Champions League™, which then culminates in the ACF National Championship Tournament™. Each year, the winner of the national championship will earn the right to face the top Canadian squad the following March in Phoenix.

All of the matches in all three competitions will be tracked on CricHQ, and therefore the players’ statistics will be kept in one place for easy reference. We will be able to track and publish lists such as “Top Ten Run Producers,” “Top Ten Wicket Takers,” etc. Tables will track the season’s progress, while teams and star players emerge from obscurity.

Nirav Amin, a left-arm spinning all-rounder who led Midwest Cricket Conference to the Shekhar Aravind Memorial Unity Cup title last year, will lead the MWCC squad against the Canadians. The squad is expected to include former US national team wicketkeeper Ashhar Mehdi, universally acknowledged to be the finest gloveman in the country. It is also expected to include Fahad Babar, the fine young opening batsman who was MWCC’s top run-scorer last season, and has represented both the US national team and the US Under-19s in the past.

Sadiq Yusuf of the MWCC said,” Our players are thrilled and excited to be going to Phoenix – and for this rare chance to play the highest-quality cricket on turf pitches, in a 40-over format. It is a huge opportunity for our players to showcase their talents, and the fact that it comes in an international contest is icing on the cake!

“We are immensely grateful to both the ACF and to the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club for this opportunity, and honored to be part of the Inaugural North American Cricket Championship™. We are looking forward to three days of competitive and high-quality cricket on the field with our Canadian brethren, and to building lifelong memories and friendships off it!”

“Just as the Daytona 500 starts the NASCAR season,” said ACF CEO Jamie Harrison, “so too will the North American Cricket Championship™ start the cricket season. This exciting competition will put our American cricketers to an extreme test, and will give us a chance to see how we measure up against a top-quality opponent.

“It is my hope that this elevated level of competition, along with the first introduction of national structure and context to the American cricket season, will ultimately result in better cricket throughout the country. I also expect that this opportunity to compete at higher levels, given to all ACF member leagues, will spur local and national rivalries, and create a new level of competitiveness that USA cricket needs to progress.

“The American Cricket Federation is dedicated to providing greater opportunities for all cricket stakeholders, from softball to hardball, youth to adult, men and women, and this is just the beginning of that process.”

For further questions, contact Jamie Harrison at jamieh@americancricketfederation.org.

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