Some key members of the American Cricket Federation (ACF) Board met with representatives of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in New York last week. The face-to-face meeting held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel was a follow-up to a May 4th teleconference between the two organizations.
In what was described by the ACF as a cordial atmosphere, several topics were discussed, including ICC’s goals, recent history of US cricket and its current state of disrepair. According to an ACF release, “ACF’s governance model, cricketing activities including the ACCL, ACF’s finances and sponsorships as well as ACF’s roadmap on how to develop and grow cricket in the US,” were discussed.
ACF and ICC also discussed ways in which US cricket can be revitalized. The ACF reported that it conveyed its appreciation to the ICC for the world governing body’s detailed interest in US cricket by meeting with US cricket stakeholders. The ACF release stated that, ACF expressed its willingness to consider any initiative that restores proper governance of US cricket, taking into consideration the aspirations of the players, clubs and leagues that would put US Cricket back on the growth track.
The ACF recently acquired 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt status, and touts its core mission is to inspire Americans to play and to excel at cricket, and to make cricket the preeminent bat-and-ball sport in the US, while upholding and promoting values of transparency, inclusiveness and fairness.