USA Cricket Future: Could The Nation Be The Next World Cricket Powerhouse?

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USA Cricket Future

The USA may not be famous for its cricket, yet, but they have plenty of reasons to be optimistic they can become a powerhouse in any sport they set their mind to. But for USA Cricket, what does the future hold?

Firstly, sports like basketball, American football, baseball, and even soccer, the women game in particular are huge in the states, and the people certainly buy into them. Now the federations hope to add USA cricket to that list, in the future.

Nevertheless, with that in mind, an ambitious aim from an ambitious country with the objective of the United States being upgraded to a full member of the International Cricket Council by 2030 was recently announced by the country’s governing body.

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The main aim of USA Cricket’s foundation plan is to – increase participation, improve its national teams, operate sustainably, and build trust across the local cricket community until the end of 2023. Doing so, could change USA Cricket and their future.

USA hoping to become a full member nation by 2030.

Secondly, these plans could be transformative for cricket as the sport has long targeted the US market, believing that it represents an untapped source. It’s easy to understand why given the population, made up of natives from across the world, and the sport-loving culture ingrained.

How USA Cricket Can Build Their Future

Firstly, USA cricket clearly has a long-term goal in ‘building a platform for American cricket’. The nation hopes to join the ICC’s top table by 2030, currently comprising of the 12 Test-playing nations, with Afghanistan and Ireland the last to join the group in June 2017.

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Both nations have had their moments in the sun, Afghanistan also boasts one of the best bowlers in the world in Rashid Khan, giving the USA plenty of hope for their own future.

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Whilst currently the sport is barely played in the USA, it’s difficult to say they couldn’t achieve their targets with all the will in the world and with the right work.

First ODI Series USA Squad

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Team USA squad:

Saurabh Netravalkar (C – Marin 1, Northern California Cricket Association)
Steven Taylor (VC – Sheffield Cricket Club, New York Metropolitan Cricket League)
Karima Gore (Antigua/USA)
Elmore Hutchinson (Caribbean CC, Southern California Cricket Association)
Aaron Jones (Atlantis Cricket Club, New York Metropolitan Cricket League)
Nosthush Kenjige (Atlantis Cricket Club, New York Metropolitan Cricket League)
Jaskaran Malhotra (Triggers Cricket Club, Houston Cricket League)
Xavier Marshall (Villagers Athletic Sports Club, New York Metropolitan Cricket League)
Monank Patel (Freedom Cricket Club, Cricket League of New Jersey)
Nisarg Patel (Vijayta Cricket Club, Southern California Cricket Association)
Sagar Patel (Indian Lions, ArkTenn Cricket League)
Timil Patel (Vijayta Cricket Club, Southern California Cricket Association)
Jasdeep Singh (Smashers Cricket Club, Cricket League of New Jersey)
Rusty Theron (Potomac Cricket Club, Washington Cricket League)

This was the first team ODI squad announced for the USA in September 2019 by the USA board.

The team has experienced players who have played international cricket for other countries before, such as Xavier Marshall for the West Indies and Rusty Theron for South Africa.

The History

As you may have guessed, cricket was first played on the shores of America when the British took the game over the Atlantic back in the early 18th century. However, before too long we may well see a USA Test side touring the UK instead. Whether or not they will be competitive, is a different story. But, the opportunity is there.

What does USA Cricket and the future hold?
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Currently, the nation participates in the associate member’s tournaments at their highest finish to date was sixth in the ICC Trophy back in 2001. Whichever way you look at it, USA Cricket and their future looks bright.

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