March 24th 2023, New Jersey.
Ashok P. Patel, USA Cricket Academy founder started playing youth cricket while growing up in England and Represented MCC Ground Staff at age of 16. He Was on ground staff panel for 3 years, where he learnt administrative areas of the game. Also obtained level 1 & 2 coaching certification from ECB. Later Represented Essex County 2nd elevens and ground staff teams in UK & Selected to play for Tasmania Cricket team in Australia.
His late father founded first ever non-profit national cricket academy during 1999 and since than Ashok steered the operation as president to help the youth cricket players in USA. He also served as Board member of USACA’s Youth and Junior Development Program from 2001 to 2004.
USA cricket academy, achieved Global and Regional awards from the ICC & ICC Americas in 2003 and 2004 for the Best Junior Development Initiative (first ever academy or youth program in USA to receive such awards), Locally he was recognized by the Garden State Cricket League for his Outstanding Leadership and Community service in 2002 & 2003.
USA Global cricket academy (revised name during 2014) conducted more tours compared to all academies in USA during last two decades and academy nurtured almost entire team except captain with the full support for the first ever U19 USA team to world cup during 2006. He served as manager for USA U19 world cup team and many other academy and regional tournaments in USA.
Besides operations and managerial duties, he Sponsored and organized many international tours for the USA Cricket Academy’s youth teams to participate in different competitions and tournaments around the world. Worked with the regional and national media companies to promote Cricket with the local and regional government officials to bring in over $2M in sponsorships for the youth cricket development.
Ashok P Patel Received Presidents Award for Excellence from the Cricket Hall of Fame during 2002 Induction Ceremony, Award was presented by legend Sunil Gavaskar (Inducted as first ever Indian player per Sir. Vivian Richards recommendation).
He is nominated by Jyotsana Patel, cricket hall of famer (USA women selector & former India women test player who played Inaugural test match for India.) Well supported by Ivy Mahabir (Umpire coach and cricket hall of famer), Jatin Patel & Ajodhi Mahadeo (both are cricket hall of famers and board directors)