Indianapolis cancels agreement to host national cricket championship

Mayor cites 'inadequate communication'

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.

In May of 2013, the city approved $2.4 million of RebuildIndy funds for the project, which is to include five fields designed to accommodate soccer, lacrosse, hurling, rugby, Gaelic football and cricket. The park is being developed on the southeast side on the site of Post Road Community Park.

According to a release issued Friday, the decision to cancel the cricket championships "will not impact the development of the Indy World Sports Park."

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