Fort Lauderhill, FLORIDA: International cricket has returned to the USA, after a long time, with India and the reigning world Twenty20 champions, the West Indies are locking horns in a couple of Twenty20 games at the Central Broward Regional Park here on Saturday andSunday. Terming it a welcome development, the chairman of the Cricket Council of USA (CCUSA), M. A. Qureshi hopes that this series would give boost to the upcoming annual T20 event, the US Open 2016, adding that this step was need of hour for the progression of cricket in this region. “We need big matches like these to take place in the USA so that we could inspire kids to take on this game seriously. This is the only way we can build the sport”, said M. A. Qureshi.
M. A. Qureshi added that his annual cricket tournament, US Open has been a successful event not only in creating awareness about the game but also in encouraging hundreds of kids, who are now attending cricket camps and wanting to play the sport. “The CCUSA provided that impetus the game needed in America and it is great that now the International Cricket Council has taken interest in this region as well. These two games will go a long way in game’s development”, hoped M. A. Qureshi
“It will of course boost the upcoming US open as well which is to be held on the same venue”, added M. A. Qureshi
The US Open T20 cricket tournament will be held between November 24 and 27 this year at the Central Broward Regional Park in which a number of international stars will feature along with local players.
This year’s US open, M. A. Qureshi said, is different as it got the backing of the International Cricket Council too. “Preparations for this very popular domestic T20 tournament have been year round and this year is expected to be the best in terms of the organisation and the quality of the cricket to be played”, concluded M. A. Qureshi