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Cricket as a sport has been worshipped in several nations, but is yet to make an impression from the global perspective. To ensure that the game is a globally renowned sport, it is exceptionally essential that the game is given some time in unexplored markets and territories. One of those potential markets is that of the United States of America.
Late in 2015, thanks to the initiative taken by legends Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne, a three match exhibition T20 series was contested in USA, which attracted a lot of crowd and grabbed the eyeballs. To add the icing on the cake, the upcoming edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will have a few games taking place in Florida.
Former Australian all rounder Shane Watson, who gears up for his stint in the CPL, seemed to be quite excited about CPL games being played in USA. “This is a great opportunity, not just for CPL but for the game of cricket internationally. It’s huge,” Watson said. “Every single player I’ve spoken to about CPL is raving about being part of this.”Hopefully the popularity of the game will just grow and grow. It’s a privilege to be a part of something new.”
CPL chairperson Damien O’Donohoe too was looking forward to the league’s presence being felt in USA. “There’s a massive appetite for top-class professional cricket across the USA and we have seen significant sales across Lauderhill and greater Florida,” O’Donohue said. “As well in some key markets including New York, Texas and as far west as Los Angeles.”
A few renowned individuals who could possibly play games in the USA include AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Dale Steyn, David Miller, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Kumar Sangakkara, Martin Guptill, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan.