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ICC ‘excited’ as New York’s Nassau County Stadium launched ahead of T20 World Cup

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The 34,000-capacity venue is set to host eight matches in next month’s mega event, including the marquee India vs Pakistan clash on 9 June.
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The Nassau County International Cricket Stadium near New York was launched on Wednesday a little over two weeks before the T20 World Cup gets underway and has the International Cricket Council (ICC) all “excited” as it aims to spread the game to new territories, including and especially the United States.

The venue, which has a capacity of 34,000 with infrastructure from the Las Vegas Formula 1 circuit and has drop-in pitches from Australia that were prepared in Florida, is set to host eight matches in next month’s mega event. That includes the marquee India vs Pakistan clash on 9 June.

The upcoming event will be co-hosted by West Indies and USA starting 1 June and will be the first ICC event taking place on American soil. Besides New York, Lauderhill and Dallas have been listed as the other venues in the United States with the latter hosting the tournament opener between USA and Canada.

The ICC remains happy with the focus on the Indo-Pak clash and the Nassau project as part of bringing the game to the US.

“Yeah, absolutely! We can run that game anywhere and the interest in the fixture would be immense,” Chris Tetley, the ICC’s head of events, told reporters in a media roundtable.

“The news stories that we have seen and the media coverage in the US itself as well as amongst the cricket media around the world. I have not seen that before around an ICC event.”

Tetley added: “We are really excited to bring the T20 World Cup cricket to the US and the opportunity that it presents to the sport and from what I can see there is an audience really waiting for us to come.”

T20 Cricket will also feature as one of five new sports at the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028.

Making a cricket stadium in Nassau remained a huge challenge for the ICC, who got in Adelaide Oval curator Damian Hough for the job.

Hough created the first drop-in pitch in Adelaide in 2013 and the latest strips at the Nassau County ground promise good cricket and balance between bat and ball.

“People shouldn’t be concerned about drop-in pitches,” said Hough.

“They are proven around the world, definitely in Australia. Some of the best cricket is played on drop-in pitches and are really successful.”

With AFP inputs

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