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The USA Cricket Association announced Friday that its national men’s championships will be held in Indianapolis for three years beginning in 2014.

The announcement coincides with Mayor Greg Ballard’s cricket initiative, which dates back to 2009, and the $6 million Indianapolis World Sports Park, which is being designed on the far-east side for cricket, lacrosse and hurling, among other sports.

USA Cricket said that bringing the tournament to Indianapolis was a “direct result” of new leadership at the association, as well as a decision by the International Cricket Council to provide additional backing to help grow the sport within the United States.

“2013 has heralded a new positive direction for cricket in North America with opportunities for cricket to unite and realize its potential as a sport for all Americans,” USA Cricket CEO Darren Beazley said in a written statement.

IBJ reported Tuesday that USA Cricket hosted zero national tournaments in 2012 and also lost funding from the International Cricket Council because it violated governance rules, according to ESPNcricinfo.

Next year’s tournament in Indianapolis is set for late August and would be the first event played at the new park.
 

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  • Too Funny For Words
    The entire matter is much too funny for words.
  • Won't Hold My Breath
    Would love to applaud, but since USACA cancelled the 2012 tournament, and I believe 2013's,and has a history of failed leagues and teams, is fending off multiple lawsuits, and its financials are in arrears, I'm not yet in a cheering mood. I'm not so sure this announcement wasn't brought on due to the above mentioned red flags issued by me this past week. Are these tournaments verbal promises or were written contracts signed (in blood)? Still wondering why one of the several for profit sports complexes in Marion County wouldn't expand their playing fields to offer cricket if it's expected to be such a great money making venture. The city could have used the scarce budget dollars for public safety and the increased tax revenues from a prospering Marion County business would have helped add to our budget coffers.
  • Cricket
    This story is like something from "Weekend Update" on Saturday Nite Live. I just had to laugh...it's so sad. Did Tina Fey come up with this idea?
  • What About Emerson Ave?
    How much longer is it going to take to get the Emerson Ave gateway/thoroughfare started off of I70? The city got a grant for this and not one shovel of dirt has been turned yet they can rush through a cricket park that will probably have 10 people attend from out of town. How about something for the residents of the eastside who actually pay taxes instead of out of town guests.

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