The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) have announced a long-term joint partnership.
This partnership has the goal of opening up 'more high performance cricket opportunities for United States players, and accelerate cricket development in the USA,' according to a press release issued by both boards.
A member of the WICB Board of Directors will sit on the USACA board while USACA's new chief executive officer will hold a position on the WICB's Chief Executive Committee.
This exchange is designed to help American players through the WICB development programme and develop stronger economic policies for both boards.
"This is the right way for us to help develop the US market," WICB President Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron, said.
"We are going to be engaged on a day-to-day basis on the three core pillars for development. 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 finalization of the current USACA governance changes," Cameron added.
Gladstone Dainty, USACA President added: "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.
"The ongoing sharing of best practices on sponsorships, high performance development and governance with the WICB gives USACA access to a very close geographic partner that can help drive the development of the sport in the US on a day to day basis.
"The WICB will also, via their board member on the USACA board, support the governance change programme that the USACA board is currently managing.
"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."
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