Mumbai, Aug 2 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced that India will take on the West Indies in a two-match Twenty20 International series in the United States on August 27 and 28.
The matches are scheduled to be played in Central Broward Regional Park, at Fort Lauderdale in Florida.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur said the matches will be played in the US to reach out to new markets and audiences and also afford a great opportunity for the cricket fans in America to watch the two champion sides in action.
“As part of our continuous efforts to reach out to new markets and audiences, I am very happy to announce that Team India will play two T20Is against the current world champions West Indies in the United States. This will be a great opportunity for the cricket fans in America to watch the two champion sides in action. This will be developed into an annual cricketing event in the United States,” Thakur said.
Ajay Shirke, BCCI secretary, said: “This initiative is path-breaking in terms of the expansion of our great sport. It is our endeavour to make every possible effort to connect with fans in different parts of the world.”
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron called it a great initiative to develop cricket in the US.
“This will be a great initiative in our continued efforts to develop cricket in the Americas (North and South America) a very important market,” Cameron said.