As WISDEN said a few years ago about cricket in America: - the most promising development has been the formation of American College Cricket in 2008. Founded by Lloyd Jodah, ACC now has teams at over 60 universities.perhaps because of this show of interest, in 2011 ESPN bought the US broadcast rights to all future international cricket matches, including the 2015 World Cup.
Since 2009 American College Cricket has organized & managed 61 tournaments including some of the largest the world has ever seen, our National Championships : 47 matches in 4 days in 2010, 67 matches in 5 days in 2011 and in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 over 50 matches in 5 days each time, plus TV & ESPN production, so the experience is considerable.
Now American College Cricket Founder & President Lloyd Jodah has announced that the inaugural American College Cricket World Cup (College World Cup) will be held in Florida, March 11,12 & 13, 2018 !
ECB Umpire Billy Taylor is the Officiating Advisor/Chief Umpire for American College Cricket & the American College Cricket World Cup. Billy said :
I was part of the 2014 American College Cricket National Championship and found the organization and management of the tournament to be superb. It was 54 matches, 24 teams in 5 days and couldn't be managed better. I was honored to umpire in the whole tournament and especially the Finals, which was the FIRST American cricket match shown by ESPN. I've been delighted to be Chief Umpire again in 2015, 2016 & 2017 and I am very much looking forward to the College World Cup !
A World universities championship has been part of our strategic plan from the beginning.Initially though the focus had to be on developing college cricket in America to at least the level where it is now. American College Cricket did the first web stream for the game in America (2010), the first TV broadcasts (2011), and the first ESPN (2014) in USA cricket, among our other accomplishments. The game now has a footprint in about 100 Universities in USA & Canada.
"Though university-level cricket has been played in all cricket playing countries, College sports is huge in America, like no other country, so American College Cricket is the ideal platform for a world championship at the university level. said Jodah. "We've seen our influence spread to other parts of the world like when the BCCI started a college Championship a few years (though they didn't maintain it), so it's logical that we should host a College World Cup."
We already have significant contacts, and University teams from countries other than the top 10 will be encouraged to participate,. The format will be 20/20. Cricket is not doing well in many parts of the world, and we're taking direct action to help it grow, Jodah explained. "As always Shiv Chanderpaul is our International Ambassador.
Shiv Chanderpaul has been a Patron of American College Cricket since Dec 2008, and was at the 2017 National Championship presenting the Chanderpaul Trophy, interacting with players and doing commentary on the SONY Pictures broadcast of the matches.
2017 American College Cricket Champion Ryerson, since it's a Canadian university will represent Canada. Everest, as a 2017 Finalist will, together with a 2nd American college represent USA whilst other countries can be represented by a college from their country, this 1st year on an Invitational basis.
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