USA Cricket have announced a request for proposals for launching their own T20 franchise based league, with a tentative starting date in FY2021.
With the formation of new Board of Directors and in the process of ICC approval for reinstatement of the Cricket Board, USA Cricket Chairman Paraag Marathe (President of 49ers Enterprise and also Executive Vice-President of NFL franchise, 49ers) is confident that the proposal will find suitable backing towards creation of the professional domestic T20 competition.
Currently, the only ICC approved T20 tournament running in the country is the US Open T20 tournament (set to stage it’s 10th edition in Dec 2018) run by Cricket Council USA (www.ccusa.info) at the ICC certified stadium for ODI/T20I at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. However, it is not governed by the National Cricket Board.
If successful to find investors and organising support, the T20 league can help USA Cricket generate revenue to fund their own operations rather than depending completely on funding from International Cricket Council (ICC).
Given the heavy sub-continent based population already in the country, there could be potentially interested parties who would like to see such an initiative take forward and be part of the journey as investors. With Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and GT20 Canada also running in the Americas region, there could be a case of overseas investors also taking interest in submitting a proposal for the same.