ICC warns of disciplinary action for 'participating in disapproved cricket' in USA
The International Cricket Council, the sport’s world governing body, has warned that players and officials taking part in two series planned by the United States of America Cricket Association, which was expelled by the ICC as USA’s governing body for the sport last year, “may be subject to disciplinary action for participating in disapproved cricket.”
The ICC said in a statement: “USACA, which was expelled by the ICC in June 2017, recently announced plans to host Cricket India’s All India Women Twenty20 Cricket Association for a bilateral women’s T20I series in April 2018 and Cricket India’s Indian Twenty20 Cricket Federation for a men’s series the following month. Neither event is recognized by the BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] or ICC.”
Before its expulsion, USACA had been suspended since June 2015, with the ICC citing concerns over the governance, finance, reputation and cricketing activities of the association.
In September last year, the ICC launched USA Cricket, a fresh brand for the sport in the country, as the next step on the road to the launch of a new national governing body. The development of a new national body is being overseen by the ICC Americas USA Project team and local advisory groups, with elections planned and a board expected to be in place by next month.
In its statement, the ICC warned that USACA’s planned series “would constitute unsanctioned events within the ICC’s regulatory framework.” It said: “In accordance with the ICC’s regulations on sanctioning events, no person affiliated to a National Cricket Federation is permitted to participate in any disapproved cricket. This prohibition applies to players, match officials, coaching or management staff affiliated to a National Cricket Federation or any team affiliated to a National Cricket Federation.”