The panel will be chaired by Jeff Miller, vice president of operations for Cricket Council USA. Other committee members include Lance Gibbs and Lawrence Rowe, former West Indies players; Manaf Mohamed, general manager of United States of America Cricket Association; John T. Hodgson, radio personality; Daniel Williams, business executive; and Gregory Brown, former Jamaica youth cricket player.
Members of the Broward County District 9 Commissioner Holness Cricket Committee “bring a wealth of experience which will provide valuable insight and support in the future marketing and promotion of Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium,” the commissioner said in a statement announcing the creation of the panel.
The stadium, at 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, is the only International Cricket Council certified cricket facility in North America. Holness is hoping it will be used as a prime location for international cricket matches and training.
The committee will seek out teams and sponsors who will help bring cricket to Broward County and work closely with the USA Cricket Board and other organizations to ensure that Central Broward Regional is well positioned to attract cricket test matches.
“The combination of the committee, the outstanding facilities at the Central Broward Regional Park and Florida as a destination position Broward County as a strategic location for international cricket,” Miller said in the statement.
Gibbs, a noted West Indies spin bowler and cricket professional from many years ago, said he has been closely involved with the staff and officials at the stadium from the beginning and has been impressed with the level of professionalism.
“I am looking forward to playing a part in bringing international cricket to the county and offering any advice I can to ensure matches at the Central Broward Regional Park, one of the best cricket facilities in North America,” Gibbs said.
Holness noted in his statement that cricket is second only to soccer in world popularity. The game is played throughout the Indian subcontinent, which has a 1.5 billion population — in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and also the English-speaking Caribbean. It is also among the top three most popular sports in Australia, England, South Africa, Kenya,
Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Mauritius.
Photo: Dale Holness