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USA hosts its first Twenty20 internationals

Cricinfo staff

April 23, 2010

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Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, Florida, May 8, 2008
The Central Broward County Regional Park Cricket Stadium has a capacity of 20,000 and is the only ICC-approved cricket stadium in North America © CCUSA

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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Posted by Indike 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.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2010, 18:32 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by SLfan 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by ironmurph 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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by RobTay14 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by ajlovescricket on (April 23, 2010, 19:28 GMT)

@mike5181 .... Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, your comment that refers to Sri Lankan Cricket at "dull and boring" is ridiculous. Where have you been ? Have you watched any cricket recently ? Sri Lanka have been one of the most exciting team to watch. Who introduced aggressive batting in the first 15 overs in ODI cricket? SL has produced some of the most aggressive batsmen in world cricket ( ex - Sanath J , Kalu , Aravinda , Dilshan , Sanga , Mathews ,....) , some of the the most unique and effective bowlers in the recent past ? ( ex - Murali , Mendis , Malinga , Randiv ) , has been one of the most agile and consistent fielding teams in world cricket , World Champions in 96 , Semi Finalist in 2003 , Finalist in 2007 , T20 WC Finalist in 2009 , Current Asia Cup Champions, holds most of the world records for individual and team performances, recipient of the spirit of cricket award multiple times in the recent past....none of this sound "dull or boring" to me.

Posted by   on (April 23, 2010, 18:47 GMT)

Wow. After hearing nothing for so long after the initial announcement, I really doubted this would happen. Let's do all we can to get support for international cricket in the USA.

Posted by   on (April 23, 2010, 16:09 GMT)

its nice to c cric in USA ............

Posted by anarky on (April 23, 2010, 11:56 GMT)

not to mention NZ won the last T20 series in Sri Lanka...

Posted by anarky on (April 23, 2010, 11:49 GMT)

to Saud Yaseen Khan: have to disagree.

Posted by   on (April 23, 2010, 11:36 GMT)

Just dont get excited guys , Lets us see response to the match then decide on it.

Posted by Jambo22 on (April 23, 2010, 11:10 GMT)

@ SettingSun, they tend to base these estimates on the number of people who are either from cricket-playing countries or descended from people from cricket-playing countries. Therefore, if you are an Indian or West Indian living in the US, you are 'estimated' to be a cricket fan. The term 'fan' is also used very loosely to define anyone who knows anything about cricket, rather than someone who would actually attend a game or watch it on TV. It is nonsense but it helps for marketing purposes. :)

Posted by tammimi2010 on (April 23, 2010, 10:56 GMT)

Damn! They decide to play during my graduation week.Sigh! Anyway this is exciting news for cricket lovers in USA

Posted by nikhildevdesai on (April 23, 2010, 10:52 GMT)

I live 30 minutes away from Lauderhill and will go even if Bangla is playing Bermuda to promote cricket in the USA. Lets just hope that the likes of NBA players get involved in crciket, we need more of Pollards.

Posted by   on (April 23, 2010, 10:45 GMT)

in fact T-20 is the best format to spread cricket over those country where cricket is not so popular;hope this woould be a landmark in the globalization of cricket ..

Posted by mike5181 on (April 23, 2010, 9:32 GMT)

@Saud Yaseen Khan. You clearly do not know your cricket, if you did then you would know that New Zealand is one of the most exciting shorter format teams in the world. For example the last t20 series against Australia which included one of the best games people have ever seen..period. Sri lanka is dull and boring, pakistan's team is in pieces at the moment (so that was a good idea...) South Africa rightly so is a fair suggestion. I think everyone has seen enough of Indian players in T20 for the time being (bar the great one Tendulker).

Posted by   on (April 23, 2010, 8:56 GMT)

Great move! Americans will love T20 cricket indeed. Must get India next year as they are the backbone of global cricket. But as a Sri Lankan I love to see my country having the great chance to promote itself among Americans!

Posted by Dhushan on (April 23, 2010, 8:17 GMT)

This is great news. I read the article which was posted a few months ago but was not sure whether it would go ahead with the ICC World T20 World Cup just finishing. I'm sad because I was in Florida for three years but they play matches only after I leave. But it's great for the cricket fans over there. Specially, because there are so many Sri Lankan cricket lovers in Florida who I'm sure will come to watch the match. Great approach by both cricket boards. Good luck to both teams!

Posted by   on (April 23, 2010, 8:02 GMT)

Cricket must continue to be played here unlike in some venues where we'd a few series but now it has stopped. E.g. Kuala Lampur (Malaysia) where Australia, India & West Indies played a tri-series in 2006 and ICC U-19 World Cup was hosted in 2008 but since den no major series/tournament has been held there.

Posted by Matt23 on (April 23, 2010, 7:45 GMT)

with baz mccullum an dilshan playin it shud be a mean display of the mc'scoop or dil'scoop or wateva.

Posted by SettingSun on (April 23, 2010, 7:44 GMT)

Where on earth do you get this figure that 15 million people in America are cricket fans? I would be willing to bet that this figure is complete and utter nonsense.

Posted by ubetabeliveme on (April 23, 2010, 7:41 GMT)

This is, and will be very good for cricket, because its more than 15 million cricket fans here, which is a huge market. They only need to start showing the games here..(hint hint ESPN). Not a bad idea like Murdock said for Pakistan to make the US the place where they play there home games. As a West Indian I can tell you more Pakistan fans here in the US than in Dubai, and its smack in the middle of the map. Easier for teams to come. The WI played here in NY 3 yrs ago and that was great.

Posted by Indike on (April 23, 2010, 7:29 GMT)

Which TV channel will broadcast the match in US? specifically in Fremont, CA?

Posted by   on (April 23, 2010, 7:14 GMT)

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Posted by   on (April 23, 2010, 6:37 GMT)


Posted by   on (April 23, 2010, 6:19 GMT)

Well, it's a nice effort by all the Boards particularly the US Board. A pretty neat sum of matches. But i disagree with the New Zealand team playing here. They mention here about the best teams that mean in T20 format. Surely, Sri Lanka are rightly selected as they play really fast cricket but New Zealand isn't up to the task. Here, it should have been Pakistan or South Africa or even India. These teams are really exciting to watch! Let's just hope it gets good also!

Posted by   on (April 23, 2010, 6:09 GMT)

Finally! This story was first reported in February, but with no follow-up until now, I was beginning to think it had fallen by the wayside (or just been plain forgotten). Nice to see that it's going ahead, and that NZC will be doing this on a yearly basis.

Posted by   on (April 23, 2010, 6:08 GMT)

it`s great 4 cricket,india will play there too and ipl 4?

Posted by Rizi_mar on (April 23, 2010, 5:16 GMT)

Gud stuff frm NZ board....bein a srilankan fan i love to go c the match....unfortunately florida is too far fr me...nyway gud luk fr both the teams..

Posted by Rizi_mar on (April 23, 2010, 5:16 GMT)

Gud stuff frm NZ board....bein a srilankan fan i love to go c the match....unfortunately florida is too far fr me...nyway gud luk fr both the teams..

Posted by doushbag on (April 23, 2010, 4:52 GMT)

sounds like a great idea to promote cricket in USA most Americans i talk too have no clue about cricket lol

Posted by   on (April 23, 2010, 4:24 GMT)

Hopefully you guys (ESPN) will be showing the matches on TV here in the US.

Posted by halolraja on (April 23, 2010, 4:01 GMT)

Great Work. Hopefully we will get India here some day

Posted by Anarchangel on (April 23, 2010, 3:42 GMT)

Do they have a broadcasting deal? Last time I checked (the last world cup) the only place I could watch was online and it was some extortionate price - over US$200 for a month of cricket. No thanks. These sports that are trying to break into the US will never succeed until they can get a nationwide broadcaster who doesn't mess with the product (as the Rugby sevens "coverage" is messed with). This might get cricket into _Florida_ but that like saying one rugby game in Bangladesh is going to get rugby into the subcontinent.

Posted by Murdock on (April 23, 2010, 2:46 GMT)

This is a really great move by NZC, and many other boards will be jumping at the opportunity to play in a new, massive, and largely untapped market. The players will also see this as a golden opportunity. If you can make a name for yourself in the USA, American companies will take notice.

For a sport that doesn't have as universal appeal as say, Football, any chance to expand should be encouraged by the ICC.

Such matches should be a regularity. I only hope NZC doesn't let this foothold in the USA drift.

I would love to see Pakistan play in the USA. Making the USA their home-away-from-home in these troubling times could also have a benefit in the world of International Relations.

Posted by NishathP on (April 23, 2010, 2:00 GMT)

Awesome! Perfect timing too! Will try to catch a plane to florida once my semester ends! Great work from all the boards involved!!

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