Finally the wait of BCCI to launch international cricket in the ‘land of opportunities’ is going to materialize as two of the greatest T20 teams West Indies and India are going to confront each other in Florida for a two-match T20I series.
West Indies are the current World T20 champion and India just have won the Test series in the Caribbean so the interest among the Indian Diaspora and people of Caribbean who migrated in the USA scrambled for tickets to watch their favourite stars in America.
Indians from New Jersey and California booked hotel and flight tickets to watch the two days of the festival of cricket at the Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, Florida.
Ticket a few hours after its availability on online sold out. The craze and enthusiasm among the local people are so high.
But, there is a chance that cricket’s first major attempt in the USA may get spoiled due to thundershower and tropical disturbance.
The month of August generally observes torrential rain in this part of Atlantic.
Cricket fraternity should now hope for two days of gentle and pleasant weather in Florida to enjoy the cricket.
Cricketers are too excited about this series as they are overwhelmed by the facilities available at this small ground. Indian coach Anil Kumble already expressed his excitement and captain MS Dhoni said, “I always felt the USA was a big market, a lot of sub-continent people stay here, not only Indians. I feel it is a good start. The timings (broadcast) are also good. It feels good to be here. Earlier people living in the US used to travel to the West Indies to support us but now they have the opportunity to catch the action here itself.”
BCCI and West Indies cricket board planned this series during the four-match Test series in West Indies. Recently, BCCI president Anurag Thakur said cricket at a neutral venue is the future of cricket so this series against West Indies may feature every year in Florida.
It is expected that the series between defending champion West Indies and 2007 World T20 champion India will be a great hit among the migrated subcontinent people and Caribbean cricket lovers.
This series in future will provide the migrated people from subcontinent an opportunity to enjoy cricket in the land of America which is known as the ‘land of opportunities’. For international cricket, this series may open a floodgate for a new market to bolster the coffer of ICC and BCCI.
But, everything will depend on the weather gods. Now pray to the weather gods. If the scorching Florida sunshine is seen then the music will be blaring, the drinks will be flowing and the ball will be flying over all parts of Central Regional Broward Park.