Twenty20 news April 23, 2010

USA hosts its first Twenty20 internationals

Cricinfo staff

New Zealand will play three Twenty20s against Sri Lanka in the USA next month in an effort to spread the game into a new market. The series will be the first time full ICC members have played in the country and New Zealand are hoping to make annual visits following a partnership between New Zealand Cricket and USA Cricket.

The matches will occur in Lauderhill, Florida, which is about 30 miles from Miami, from May 20-23. There is an estimated 15 million cricket fans in the USA and Don Lockerbie, the USA Cricket chief executive, said the best teams in the world needed to play in the country for the game to grow.

"We want to demonstrate to the American public just how exciting the T20 format is," he said. "Cricket is already popular here but has lacked major media coverage. This inaugural series is the first step to reverse this situation."

Justin Vaughan, New Zealand Cricket's chief executive, said New Zealand wanted to develop the sport in the USA. "We are looking at ways of helping USA Cricket grow the game both professionally and at the grassroots," he said. "This T20 series is the first of many initiatives between our two cricket boards and we envisage the Black Caps playing in the USA on an annual basis."

Sri Lanka, who have promised to send their best team, and New Zealand will head to the USA following the World Twenty20, which starts next week in the Caribbean. The games are scheduled for May 20, 22 and 23 at the Central Broward County Regional Park Cricket Stadium. It has a capacity of 20,000 and is the only ICC-approved cricket stadium in North America.

"The historic event will provide great exposure for cricket with some of the world's top players on show here," Gladstone Dainty, USA Cricket's president, said. "USA Cricket has worked hard to bring this event about."

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  • Indika on April 27, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Hopefully this T20Is tournament will mark Mahela Jayawardene's second coming. I still remember when Mark Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar got the opportuinity to open the batting.

    Aravinda De Silva after his retirement in an interview to Swarnavahini said that Mahela would become the greatest SL you won't miss my retirement. Well all these years I have been waiting to see the awesome Mahela that Aravinda was talking about. So far only seen that brilliance fewer times. Biggest example was his century during the 2007 World Cup semifinal vs New Zealand. Anyways I believe if Mahela keeps the open slot in T20Is & ODIs as he did at IPL we will see a different Mahela Jayawardene that Aravinda De Silva was talking about.

  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Does anyone know whow to get tickets for these games? Tahnks

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Mike 5181......I don't know how you rated the Sri Lankan Cricket Team as "Dull and Boring". Sri Lankan Team is one of the best and enegetic team. You should watch how they played in international T20's. I think this is a very good move for the US Cricket future. We will have to encourage the young generation about the exitement of the T20 Cricket. Best wishes for US cricket.

  • Tharindu on April 25, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    @ mike5181 - Have you ever watched T20 matches which Sri Lanka have played ? I guess not ! Otherwise, how can you say that "Sri lanka is dull and boring" ?? People who watch T20 cricket know that what is the place Sri Lanka have in this format. Keep in mind that even Sri Lanka became the runners up in the last T20 world cup.....You sounds like a person without any knowledge regarding T20 cricket. LOL.

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    very nice we get a chance to see our players as well as cricket will be populer in u s a

  • Samuel on April 24, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    The reality is with T20 cricket that on their given day the top 6 or 7 teams could dominate any other team. I must congratulate both Sri Lanka and New Zealand for taking the initiative and making this happen. And I think think that both these teams are right up with the best and have a solid chance to win the world t20. No need for you other guys to cry over spilt milk your fab teams just wernt quick enough..hahahah.

    Pakistans is really on regrouping at the moment anyways and their performance over their recent series in Australia in New Zealand suggests that they don't play overly that well out of Asia at the moment anyways.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    "the best teams in the world needed to play in the country for the game to grow" : What about Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka : the 2 finalists of the 2009 T20 World Cup! As you said, you need the best teams! Pffffffffffff RIDICULOUS!

  • Chinath on April 24, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Hey mike5181, What you know about cricket ? NZ is one of the worst performers in T20. If you don't know go and look for statistics.

  • Robert on April 24, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    Cricket in the US!? Dunno if it'll work, but I'm all for it, being a New Zealander and what not.

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    Hey mike5181, you are right when you said that New Zealand is one of the most exciting shorter format teams in the world. But I DO NOT agree with what you said about Sri Lanka being dull and boring. you are probably in the same boat as Saud yaseen khan if you think of Sri Lanka like that. Sri Lanka has some of the most exciting players in the world in the shorter form of the game. Don't forget dilshan (who is in a rough patch at the moment), sanga, mahela, sana(who normally erupt suddenly even though he is the oldest cricket player now). and don't forget that SL has a good record (75% win rate) in T20 (way better than NZ record which is 45% win rate). In fact SL were the runnerups in 2009 T20 world cup. and dont forget that SL has produced some of the most exciting players all time in one day cricket. Aravinda, Sana and Kalu (the Duo who changed the approch to one day games totally in 96). So you my friend clearly doesn't know cricket or has been in a different planet all this while.

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