The USA Cricket Association has signed deals with both the New Zealand Cricket Board as well as the Pakistani Cricket Board to host games for both organizations in America.
Cricket is reportedly the second most popular sport in the world, only behind non-American football (in America: soccer), with approximately 15 million cricket fans living in the United States, so it’s only natural that the sport should be expanded here.
Sri Lanka and the Blackcaps, part of the New Zealand association, will play a three-matchseries in Florida in May to launch the new NZ partnership. This first set of international cricket matches, to be played by full International Cricket Club members, will take place from May 20-23rd in Lauderhill, Florida, approximately 30 miles from Miami.
Also, according to Examiner.com/Hartford’s Cricket Examiner, Bill Belew, Pakistan may play its home games in the USA, as well. The Pakistan Cricket Board said that they have reached an agreement with the USA Cricket Association to play some games every year in the U.S., starting this year.
With a population of more than 20 million Asians in USA, it is only natural that such an initiative will bring in the people.
Pakistan has not hosted a game at home since the early part of 2009, Belew says, when extreme elements attacked the Sri Lankan side on tour. Since then, no other side has accepted to tour Pakistan, and only recently, Pakistan played its home games in New Zealand, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, the 2010 ICC twenty20 world tournament takes place in Guyana starting April 30th.