Tendulkar and Warne to play T20 cricket in USA

Tendulkar and Warne to play T20 cricket in USA
Sachin Tendulkar (right) and Shane Warne (left) are all set to feature in three Twenty20 matches in the United States of America between 7th and 14th November.
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Former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne are all set to feature in three Twenty20 matches in the United States of America between 7th and 14th November.

The games will be played in three baseball stadiums at Citi Field in New York, Minute Maid Park in Houston and the Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium.

Former cricketers like Wasim Akram, Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis, Mahela Jayawardene and Michael Vaughan are among the names that will feature in the two sides led by Tendulkar and Warne respectively. 

Revealing his intention behind organising these games, Tendulkar asserted that it was done with a view to get the people in America excited about cricket.

"We want to leave an impression behind.

“That's what we are here for to entertain people, to leave great memories behind and get them excited about some quality cricket.”

The event is being organised by Leverage Agency, which is a sports and entertainment firm headed by Chief Executive Officer Ben Sturner.

Sturner believes that the fast pace of the T20 format will be a unique spectacle for the viewers unlike the Test and the One-Day International formats.

"You're not sitting there for a day or two.

“It's going to be a fast-paced event with a lot of runs," said Sturner.

To undertake this exercise of organising the three T20 games, Leverage agency is converting the baseball stadiums to suit the playing conditions for a cricket match.

To accomplish this task, a pitch specialist from New Zealand has been hired to develop drop-in pitches that will be used for the games.

Warne, who is the most successful leg-spinner in international cricket, is excited to feature in the games and is hoping to create history in America.

"To make history in America playing these cricket games myself and Sachin walking out and tossing the coin in New York at Citi Field will be a pretty epic moment."

Earlier in September, the International Cricket Council had given the green light to conduct the three-match series in the USA. 

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