Sri Lankan great Mahela Jayawardene has rose in support for a match between the national USA team and the All-Stars as this would give more exposure to the local players and consequently understand the game in a better way. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo he shared his thoughts regarding this venture.
“If the opportunity arises, the ideal scenario would be for an All-Star team to play the USA team, if we come next time around,”
He added that some of the recently retired and more fit players can take a part in that match as this will be a great opportunity for the local players to play against some really good cricketers.
“If you get a few of the younger guys involved in it, who have just recently retired, you can probably have a good game. You can give [USA] an opportunity to play a match against some of the good players. I still think guys like Warney [Shane Warne] and Murali [Muttiah Muralitharan] probably still can bowl the way they were bowling. So it is a great opportunity I think.”
The US players were given a chance to play alongside the All-Stars by giving them the opportunity to bowl in training session and Mahela was happy to see them get tips from some of the greats of the game.
“They were getting tips from Warne and Murali and [Glenn] McGrath and all these guys, it’s fantastic for them,”