The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has signed a strategic, long-term partnership with the United States Cricket Association (USCA), geared towards fast-tracking the sport’s development in the USA.
The deal will see a WICB director take up a spot on the USCA’s board while the USACA’s new chief executive officer will hold a position on the WICB’s Chief Executive Committee.
According to the WICB, this partnership will result in top players from the USA member leagues being incorporated into regional development programs and will also help both parties foster cooperation on “stronger economic best practices” for the United States market.
WICB President Dave Cameron said, “This is the right way for us to help develop the U.S. market. We are going to be engaged on a day-to-day basis on the three core pillars for development.”
The closeness of a full member country to the U.S. means we can easily help develop pinnacle performance in U.S. players as well as build a stronger base for economic development hand–in-hand with the USCA,” he said.
USCA President, Gladstone Dainty said the partnership was an exciting one as it offered critical opportunities to U.S. players, as well as enhancing the governance capability of his organization and future economic growth.
The partnership is another step in the WICB expanding its influence in the North American market. In 2012, West Indies played two Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida.
These matches marked the first time matches in a West Indies bilateral series had been played outside the Caribbean.