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USA Cricket Kicks Off Process to Become Certified National Governing Body with USOPC

By February 1, 2024 No Comments

On January 23 and 24, USA Cricket met with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) in Colorado Springs, to kick off the process of becoming the certified National Governing Body (NGB) for Cricket in the USA.

In attendance were representatives from USA Cricket: Chairman of the Board, Venu Pisike; Board Member Nadia Gruny; CEO Dr. Noor Murad; Women’s Coordinator, Julie Abbott, and Men’s Team Manager, Kerk Higgins.

The orientation session covered a wide range of topics relating to NGB compliance standards, including governance, athlete safety, sports performance, financial transparency, code of conduct, conflict of interest policy, anti-doping measures, and more.

The USOPC presented an overview of the rigorous criteria and standards that are required to attain and maintain the NGB status within the USOPC framework.

USA Cricket’s Chairman, Venu Pisike, said, “Our participation in this introductory meeting with USOPC is a significant step forward in our quest to achieve National Governing Body status for Cricket in the US. We are committed to aligning with the highest standards of governance and compliance to ensure that cricket in this country continues to grow and thrive, and our national teams reach new heights.“

USA Cricket CEO, Dr. Noor Murad, added, “We appreciate the guidance and expertise shared by USOPC officials during this meeting. Their insights have given us a clearer understanding of the path ahead and the areas where we need to focus our efforts. We are dedicated to working collaboratively with USOPC to meet the necessary requirements and serve the cricketing community in the best possible way.”

USA Cricket has begun its work on meeting the USOPC governance requirements by proposing amendments to its constitution which are now in front of the membership for ratification. The high-level timeline for the NGB certification process is as follows:

  • Q1-Q3 2024: Ongoing work to meet compliance.
  • Q4 2024: USOPC opens application window.
  • Q1/Q2 2025: 1st public hearing
  • Q2 2025: Audit reports issued; Remediation period begins; 2nd public hearing.
  • Q3/Q4 2025: Validation period for remediation actions; USOPC Board approves/rejects NGB application.
  • Jan 2026: Official NGB status granted, if approved

To support the adoption of the Proposed Amendments, members of USA Cricket are invited to tune in to for tonight’s virtual town hall (Thursday, February 1, 2024, at 6pm PT | 9pm ET). Members are asked to submit any questions in advance to

About USA Cricket:

USA Cricket is the National Federation for cricket in the United States, officially recognized by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Our mission is to govern, regulate, develop, and promote all forms of cricket at all levels within the United States. We are dedicated to enabling U.S. cricketers to achieve sustained competitive excellence and successfully compete in national and international competitions.

Our diverse Board of Directors, representing various cricket stakeholder groups, is committed to leading the sport to new heights. We create and administer value-added programs to grow and develop cricket, ensuring that it remains a thriving and inclusive sport within the United States.

We extend our gratitude to all members, volunteers, umpires, coaches, administrators, parents, and supporters who contribute to the growth of cricket in the United States. Your unwavering support is instrumental in our journey to success, and we look forward to a bright future for cricket in the USA.

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