Fresh off USA Cricket’s historic promotion to World Cricket League Division 2 by the U.S. Men’s National Team, USA Cricket’s newly seated Board of Directors is excited to announce another significant milestone with the release of the United States Professional T20 League Request for Proposals (RFP). The RFP can be found here.
As USA Cricket seeks to grow and develop the game of cricket in the United States, including by building new structures and pathways for grassroots and domestic cricket, the timing is perfect to seek a partner that focuses on supporting that development by building a world-class U.S.-based T20 professional league. This league will ultimately serve as an anchor for USA Cricket’s domestic programs and provide new exposure and visibility for the sport with the American public.
“This is an exciting time for cricket in the United States with the formation of our new Board of Directors, USA Cricket’s pending recognition as an ICC approved National Federation, and the performance of our athletes on the field of play,” said USA Cricket Board Chair, Paraag Marathe. “This RFP continues on the positive momentum as we seek to build a successful and sustainable league domestically. Newly released global research shows more than 20 million cricket fans in the United States and a well-run T20 professional league is the platform needed to engage existing fans and grow new ones to support the bullish vision this Board has for cricket in the U.S.”
USA Project Manager Eric Parthen added, “Over my last two plus years working with cricket in the United States, I’ve met several globally respected organizations and individuals who had an interest in launching a T20 professional cricket league here. Given the growth of T20 cricket worldwide and the potential marketability of this format in the U.S., now is a great time to seek competitive proposals under the leadership of this new Board.”
While the RFP has some clear minimum requirements, it was intentionally structured for interested parties to be creative with their vision given the unique opportunities afforded in the U.S. market. Proposals should be submitted via email to RFP@usacricket.org by no later than January 4, 2019. Additional details about the RFP including other timelines are included in the RFP.