Indianapolis cancels agreement to host national cricket championship
Mayor cites 'inadequate communication'
4:28 PM, May 30, 2014
6:57 PM, May 30, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - The city of Indianapolis will not be hosting the U.S. National Cricket Championships this year – instead announcing Friday that it will be canceling its agreement with the organization over "inadequate communication."
"The decision was made to cancel the tournament because factors outside of the city’s control were putting our ability to host a successful tournament at risk,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
In a letter sent to the USA Cricket Association on Friday, the city claimed the organization failed to designate a new point-of-contact after the resignation of former USA Cricket CEO Darren Beazley.
"The lack of communication has resulted in numerous setbacks which, based on our experience having hosted numerous world-class events, the city recognizes as detrimental to an event of the quality deserving of cricket and the city," the letter stated.
The USA Cricket Association had agreed to host its national championships at a new Indianapolis World Sports Park through 2016. It wasn't immediately clear whether the city intended to terminate its agreement to host the tournament in 2015 and 2016 as well.
Bringing the national cricket championships to Indianapolis was a major selling point for Ballard, who championed the controversial $6 million World Sports Park.