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USA Cricket - NZ Cricket Media Release
May 14 - Next week's historic series of international cricket matches
scheduled for Florida has been re-shaped to include two double headers,
featuring the New Zealand BLACKCAPS vs. Sri Lanka and the USA vs.
New Zealand and Sri Lanka were originally
scheduled to play three international Twenty20 matches to launch the
hosting of full international cricket in the USA. However, the
International Cricket Council has ruled that the lights available at
the Broward County Regional Park are not quite up to the standard
required for the broadcast and hosting of full international cricket.
"Ideally the inaugural game in the Pearls Cup series would have been a
night game on Thursday, May 20th. The lights at the stadium are fine
for most levels of cricket, but they need to be of a higher standard
for the playing and broadcast of international cricket" said New
Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan.
“And added to this, there is a high probability of rain and
thunderstorms in the region on Thursday which added weight to our
decision. Because of these factors, we have decided, along with our
partner USA Cricket, to focus all of the attention on the weekend with
the two double headers as well a full One Day International between USA
and Jamaica on Friday the 21st.”
"The BLACKCAPS are tremendously excited about the opportunity of
launching international cricket in the United States and it promises to
be an amazing weekend of cricket. The BLACKCAPS have had fantastically
close games against the Sri Lankan team in recent times and the Pearls
Cup series promises to be a great spectacle.
It is also great to see that Jamaica have sent a full-strength
squad, including a number of players who have played for the West
Indies. Their games against the top USA team should also add a lot to
the event" Vaughan said.
Anyone who had purchased a ticket for Thursday's game should contact
Ticketmaster for a reallocation to the weekend or a refund.