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Just one month after tickets went on sale, the U.S. cricket championships, scheduled to take place in Indianapolis in August, could be in jeopardy.
The USA Cricket Association, the sport‘s national governing body, could be suspended by cricket‘s world governing organization, the International Cricket Council, for a violation of a governance rule.
The CEO of rival body the American Cricket Federation says the United States is in violation of a rule limiting each nation to having no more than one governing body. If found in violation, the USACA, already $3 million in debt according to its 2012 tax filing, could lose about $400,000 in annual funding.
Representatives from the USA cricket association deny that anything is amiss, and say they haven’t been notified of any such violation.
“”The ICC would send out official notification to us many months before something like that would ever happen, and we haven‘t received it. I think it‘s conjecture, and I don‘t really qualify it as news,” said Michael Gale, USACA‘s first vice president.
The ACF formed in 2012 when thirty-two cricket leagues across the U.S. were deemed ineligible to vote in USACA‘s elections.
The city signed a deal with USACA in 2013 to host the U.S. Championships from 2014 through 2016 at Indy‘s new World Sports Park, the former Post Road Community Park on the Eastside. Stephanie Wilson with the Department of Public Works says construction of two cricket fields for the event is already complete, and as far as the city is concerned, the tournament is still on.