It was a massive day of pride for the United States on Tuesday as the International Cricket Council (ICC), sport's premier governing body, recognised USA cricket as an Associate Member to make it the 105th Member in the sport.
Just over a year after it was formed, the US cricket becomes the 93rd Associate Member associated with ICC, and now it shall receive financial and monetary support in accordance to the governing body's policy. The US cricket can now also host domestic and international cricket in its nation.
Speaking about the gigantic leap for US cricket, ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson congratulated US cricket and those involved with the growth of the sport in the nation.
"This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and I would like to congratulate the Chair of USA Cricket, Paraag Marathe, and the Board, on this important milestone and wish them all the very best for the future," he said.
Paraag Marathe, USA's cricket board chair expressed his delight with the ICC's decision, and assured the cricket's governing body of working tirelessly to support the sport.
"USA Cricket was established to bring together the cricket community in the United States, develop the game and unlock the sport’s undoubted potential for growth. Today’s confirmation that it is the ICC’s newest Member is a significant staging post on that journey. As David mentioned, this recognition is not just the work of our Board but is a result of thousands of volunteer hours over the last 18 months and USA Cricket appreciates the time, effort and sacrifice of all those involved. On behalf of our Board of Directors and the entire U.S. cricket community, I also want to thank the ICC and the other 104-member countries for your faith in us to deliver on the nearly limitless potential for cricket in the United States. We do not take this responsibility lightly and pledge to lead this great game with the integrity, passion and tireless work ethic that is a foundation for global cricket," he added.