By DreamCricket USA
Hillsborough, NJ. July 29, 2009
DreamCricket.com confirmed today that the second edition of the DreamCricket T20 Tournament will be held over the Labor Day weekend of 2009. The tournament will start on September 4th and the final is scheduled for September 7th. The tournament will be held on some of the best grounds in New Jersey.
Picture: Philadelphia Terminators - 2008 Champions
Talking about the tournament, Kranthi Bayya, CEO of DreamCricket.com said, "Our mission is to take the on-ground action to the next level. Cricket continues to be America's best kept secret but it does not need to stay that way. Twenty20 is intense stuff with very high entertainment quotient. Especially if you bring the best players into the contest. Add to that some bollywood style entertainment and you end up with a package that promises a fun day out with the family."
Reflecting on the 2008 tournament - The NuWare NJ T20.
Speaking about the incredible success of the 2008 edition, Ms. Bayya noted: "When we set out to conduct the NuWare NJ T20 last year, there were some who felt it was just another tournament. In the end, we were able to convince everybody that a tightly organized event would successfully draw the best players in the region. Spectator interest remained high throughout the tournament and, naturally, sponsors were extremely happy with the event. We must thank NuWare, Reebok, TechnoPrism, Citibank, Smith Barney, Murtha Cullina and Stuart Sports for their support last year."
The 2008 event featured several cricketers with international and first class experience including Sadagopan Ramesh (who played 19 tests and 24 ODIs for India) and Neil McGarrell (who played 4 tests and 17 ODIs for the West Indies). Nearly all teams featured players who had represented their states, countries or regions, and several had played for USA including Akeem Dodson, Imran Awan, Aditya Mishra, Gregory Sewdial, Amjad Khan, Zamin Amin, Siddharth Mehta, etc.
From a media perspective, the 2008 event saw unprecedented coverage. TV Asia carried highlights of the event last year and EBC 1170 AM carried live commentary of the matches with in-studio and on-ground commentary teams - a first in USA.
DreamCricket T20 2009 promises to kick things up a notch
Ms Bayya said that she expected the 2009 edition to pack a serious punch. "By reducing the number of teams to eight, we think the tournament will gain in intensity. We are working with the regions and legues to ensure that the region's best cricketers get a chance to showcase their talent."
Last year, the tournament offered prizes valued at $20,000 - in cash and Reebok equipment - across several categories. The prizes will remain the same this year despite the reduction in teams to eight.
Picture: MoM Neil McGarrell receives his Reebok kit bag and bat.
"In keeping with current international limited overs tradition, this tournament will be played in colored clothing and with white balls provided by our equipment sponsor. Six teams will be organized in two groups with each team playing every other team within their group in a round-robin format. The top two teams in each group will progress to semis. Prizes will be offered to the four semi-finalists and to performers in the various skill categories of the sport," Tournament Commissioner Gokul Chakravarthy said.
Team registration will be done in a consultative manner to ensure quality of each team. "The objective is to create a platform for the aspirational cricketer," Mr. Chakravarthy said. Representative teams are expected from New England, New York, New Jersey, and cities from the East Coast of USA.
"DreamCricket.com will recruit match officials and scorers. Improvements this year include use of continuous boundary instead of cones. Sight screen options are being investigated. Of course, just like last year, lunch and beverages will be provided to participating teams."
"DreamCricket.com will provide live updates via our website and we will also provide live radio updates via EBC Radio. Arran