Washington: Aug 24, 2013
Ambassadors of seven cricket playing nations have come together to host a community cricket tournament in the American capital as part of their efforts to help popularize the game in the United States.
Teams representing the local diaspora communities of Australia, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will participate in the tournament for a day-long “Ambassadors’ Cricket Cup”.
Being held for the first time in Washington DC, the tournament will comprise seven games of one-hour duration: four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and a final.
India is pitted against South Africa in the quarterfinal round, while New Zealand would play Bangladesh; West Indies with Sri Lanka and Australia is pitted against the United Kingdom.
The tournament is the brainchild of Neil Parsan and Mike Moore, respectively the Ambassadors of Trinidad & Tobago and New Zealand to the US.
“Cricket is a force for unity in the world. It’s played on every continent and is one of the Britain’s great gifts to the world,” Moore said.
“Cricket is a very important part of Caribbean culture and we’re looking forward to challenging our brothers and sisters from around the cricketing world to a day of friendly competition,” Parsan said.
The tournament has been organized with the assistance of the Washington Cricket League and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to hold the Ambassadors’ Cricket Cup at one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the Washington metropolitan area,” Moore said.
“We’re also very supportive of all efforts to promote the game of cricket in the United States, such as that undertaken by the Washington Cricket League,” he said.