Americans pad up

Cricket will be promoted better in the sports-mad United States after the West Indies Cricket Board announced an agreement with the USA Cricket Association to work together.

There was a brief increase in interest in cricket when Allen Stanford was promoting it a few years back but since he has been imprisoned for a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, the interest has waned considerably.

The plan includes bringing the best performing players in USACA leagues and clubs into West Indies development programs and having a member of West Indies’ board of directors sit on the USA board to advise on cricket administration there.

The emphasis will be on bettering player performance, administration and the financial state of the game in the USA.

West Indies board president Whycliffe Cameron said his board is supporting the USACA’s attempt to improve the system.

Cameron said, “We will rapidly build plans and open up infrastructure for bringing top U.S. players into the West Indian development system and we are supporting the finalization of the current USACA governance changes.”

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