The ICC today announced the suspension of the Project USA initiative due to concerns over the governance of the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA).

 ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed said that governance issues had not been dealt with in a satisfactory manner by the USACA.

 “The ICC is not satisfied that the USACA is meeting its obligations to review and restructure its governance to meet the needs of Project USA and as a consequence Project USA is now suspended,” said Mr Speed, who added that the future of the tripartite initiative between the ICC, the West Indies Cricket Board and the USACA would now be discussed by the ICC Board.

 “We have witnessed the unseemly and public debate surrounding the USACA elections. At this stage we are not able to recommend to the ICC Full Members that they participate in Project USA given the unsatisfactory state of governance in the USA.

“I will now be preparing a report on the status of this project for consideration by the ICC Board at its next meeting in March.”

 The ICC Board will meet in New Delhi, India on 17-18 March.

The initial phase of Project USA began in 2004 with a feasibility study into hosting One-Day International matches in the country to raise funds for the development of the sport.

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