WICB partnership aims to boost US cricket development

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has linked up with United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) in an attempt to boost the development of the sport in the US.

The WICB said the long-term partnership has been established in order to open up more high performance cricket opportunities for players in the US. Under the agreement, a member of the WICB board of directors will sit on the USACA board, which will allow for the exchange of higher performing players in USACA member leagues into WICB development programs.

In addition, the new USACA chief executive will be given a position on the WICB’s chief executive committee in a move that the WICB said will help develop stronger economic best practices moving forward in the US market.

“We are going to be engaged on a day-to-day basis on the three core pillars for development,” WICB president Whycliffe Cameron said. “The closeness of a full member country to the US means we can easily help develop pinnacle performance in US players as well as build a stronger base for economic development hand-in-hand with USACA. We will rapidly build plans and open up infrastructure for bringing top US players into the West Indian development system, and we are supporting the finalisation of the current USACA governance changes.”

Gladstone Dainty, USACA president, added: “This is a long-term strategy to help build the three foundations for a highly successful US cricketing market: high performance development, models for economic growth and modern day governance. Having the opportunity to work closely with another full member country offers exciting opportunities for US players looking to sharpen skills and experiences with world-class cricketers.”