Indian cricket team gave its nod to WICB’s plan to hold a T20I series in the USA. With this two-match series, India will make their debut in the USA. The two match T20 series will be played in Florida on August 27 and 28.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur has said, the move is part of the board’s ‘continuous efforts to reach out to new markets.’ Thakur also indicates that this series may be developed into an annual cricketing event in the USA.
The Indian team is currently playing a four-match series in the West Indies. The series will end on 22 August. West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron, president of West Indies Cricket Board said, “We saw the opportunity with India being in the region at this time (for the ongoing Test series). And you would have seen the way India was looking at a mini-IPL, potentially at the end of September. So we thought it was a good idea to look at the US market.”
When asked is he expecting good fan support at the Broward Stadium? “We’re expecting, at this point, a very significant crowd. We contemplate that we will have a number of Indians and diaspora, and not just Indians, our Caribbean fans, and the entire cricketing world to descend on Fort Lauderdale on those two days. The key for us is to ensure the fans have a good experience at the stadium, and we can always build on it from there,” Cameron said.
Is WICB looking at a longer run for this contest ? “For us, and the BCCI, this is less about a commercial win but more about spreading the game.”
Talking about the plan for this series happened two months ago when BCCI officials were in Jamaica.
“Actually, we discussed it when the BCCI officials were in Jamaica a month or two ago, doing the recce for these matches. These matches will form part of the matches that we owe India for the series that was abandoned in 2014.”
Cameron also called the US a “ ‘very interesting place for cricket,’. But he lamented that not enough cricket was being played in this region. “I don’t like to say the USA, I think it’s the Americas. We have Bermuda. We have Cayman close by. Today if you look at the teams in the Americas, we are struggling. We’re not playing enough at a high-enough level.”
Meanwhile, Cameron claimed that WICB has done a lot of cricket in the Americas. “We have an Americas team in our under-19 competition and we’d like to stretch that to 15 and 17. We have a combined Americas team in our Super 50. That is all part of giving players in the Americas a participation opportunity.”