American Premiere League Now Sanctioned by USA Cricket
After months of negotiations, American Premiere League (APL) and USA Cricket have reached a milestone agreement. USA Cricket has granted APL approval to hold an exhibition series of matches at Yogi Berra Baseball Stadium in New Jersey this September.
The matches will occur September 20th – 30th, 2021, and are being organized and promoted by American Sports & Entertainment Group (ASEG).
Before the games begin, American Premiere League will kick off the festivities on September 13th with a glitzy opening ceremony where attendees will be treated to a drone show, belly dance show, Bollywood dance performance and spectacular fireworks. Lively music will be provided by Sherjaan, who will perform a concert of cover songs by Junoon (one of the most popular rock bands in Southeast Asia). New Jersey state county and city officials will also be in attendance.
APL President and CEO Jay Mir said, “This league brings a special aspect to cricket in this region. APL is entertainment and sports combined. We have an excellent 8000-capacity stadium that showcases teams named after cricket-loving communities. The stadium is right in the heart of New York and New Jersey, which has the biggest concentration of Southeast Asian and Caribbean population in the US. We are recreating the biggest sports rivalry in the world, which is Indians VS Paks right here in the United States, and it is watched by over a billion people across the globe! Cricket is in our blood!”
While USA Cricket has entered a long-term commercial agreement with Major League Cricket, major league matches will not begin until 2023. Additionally, the APL calendar will not compete with Minor League Cricket matches. Instead, the APL’s primary objective is to drive local fan engagement and increase the popularity of the sport in the New Jersey region through its unique team composition and competition structure. One new feature that will surely boost excitement is that for the first time ever in American cricket history, the most valuable player will receive a new Corvette - provided by American Premiere League.
USA Cricket Chief Executive, Iain Higgins has said, “Given some of the early aspirations expressed by the APL and its proposed structure and schedule, we had identified the potential for it to be a direct competitor to Minor League Cricket. However, following numerous discussions with APL over the past few weeks, we are pleased to agree terms on which it could be sanctioned by USA Cricket in 2021 on the explicit understanding that it is not seeking to compete with Minor League Cricket or Major League Cricket, but rather to provide an exclusive entertainment experience that can help to promote the sport of cricket to new and existing fans within the New Jersey region.”
About American Premiere League
American Premiere League is owned and operated by American Sports and Entertainment Group. Jay Mir, chairman of the American Sports and Entertainment Group, is an American entrepreneur with vast experience in finance and sports entertainment. ASEG is dedicated to bringing cricket into the US to the same glory it has worldwide. The league is made up of seven teams: Team American, Team Indians, Team Windees, Team Aussies, Team English, Team Paks and Team Bengalees.