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US Cricket wants to stage T20 League


Cricket’s governing body in the United States is looking to create a Twenty20 Premier League similar to the one organised by India.

The USA Cricket Association on Thursday invited formal proposals from groups interested in helping to launch a professional league.

Commercial adviser Nigel Rushman said in a statement: “We are confident that, with the right partners, the USA can host a world class Premier League which will fill grounds and attract massive television and online audiences.”

Proposals to develop professional cricket in the United States must be received by August 7.

USACA wants to identify potential partners, sponsors and broadcasters.

Meanwhile, The inaugural season of the American Premier League, which was set to take place in Staten Island, New York, in October this year, has had to be postponed.

According to the league chairman, Jay Mir, a full and detailed proposal for the competition was sent to the USA Cricket Association six weeks ago as part of an application to gain official sanctioning, but no reply has been forthcoming.

Sir Richard Hadlee, the APL executive consultant, said: “We have done what we were asked to do by preparing and sending a proposal to have our event supported and sanctioned and as we have not had any official responses, time has run out for the October tournament. We are hopeful of continuing dialogue in the future.”
Source:Cricket News

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