The brainchild of cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne , Legends T20 is all set to be happening in the American soil. As per latest news, Warne has booked three of the most famous baseball grounds in USA – Wrigley Field in Chicago, the Yankee Stadium in New York and the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles – as venues for the T20 league matches.
The matches are most likely to be played during November 2015, after the Major League Baseball season ends. “We’re going to have Bollywood-theme nights and it’s all shaping up pretty well,” Warne told News Ltd.
“Myself and Sachin had an idea – why not take cricket to America and be the Harlem Globetrotters, go around and do free exhibitions at schools … help grow the game of cricket (in a country where there are already) 45 teams in LA?”
There were reports that Tendulkar and Warne have reportedly offered 28 former players contracts worth USD 25,000 a match for the proposed league. Brett Lee, Andrew Flintoff, Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Michael Vaughan, Sourav Ganguly, Mahela Jayawardene were among the former stars have been approached for the proposed league.
Warne confirmed that they have signed 28 players. Under the reported proposal, a series of matches will be held around the world over a three-and-a-half-year period, with the US to host the first series in September.
Earlier this month, Tendulkar and Warne met ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson at the global body’s headquarters to discuss their idea. Warne confirmed that they are looking to make ICC their official partners and also trying to involve the American Cricket Association for their help.