New York: Caribbean Premier League’s (CPL) inaugural match will be played in USA on Friday. Jamaica Tallawahs team has reached Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill six days ahead of the first CPL matches to be played in USA.
Tallawahs wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara who captained Sri Lanka in the first Twenty20 International played in the USA at the same place in 2010, has said the CPL could help the growth of cricket in USA.
During his first Press conference in USA Kumar Sangakkara said “I am very excited to be back. I remember when we played New Zealand here in 2010, it was two very competitive games and I think it finished one-all and we enjoyed our time here. Bringing back cricket to Fort Lauderdale and to be here at Broward Park to play again is like ensuring the game is exposed to new crowd, to encourage new spectators to come and watch what happens on a cricket field and to watch the difference between cricket and baseball. It’s being hoped that they would understand cricket better and hopefully like it enough to actually experiment playing it.”
When Sangakkara came here for the first time his performance was not so impressive which could have attracted new fans to this game. He scored under 100 in three of four innings and a total of four sixes hit during the two games. Two years later West Indies scored 209 for2 against New Zealand which was a record total at that time. However, it has been four years since high-level cricket has been played at this facility. New Zealand’s curator Mark Perham has been brought in to work on the pitches.
Sangakkara says “The pitch looks pretty good and by the reports we’ve been hearing over the years there’s been a lot of improvement done. We hope the crowd and the ordinary American comes in and has a look to see what it’s all about. They could be just curious as they might have heard it before or watched it on the TV.”