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* Historic Twenty20 series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in USA
Fri, Apr 23, 2010, 11:56 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka and New Zealand will play a three-match Twenty20 series in the United States next month following the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in West Indies, USA Cricket and New Zealand Cricket announced today.

The series - the first international cricket matches to be played by full ICC members in the USA - will take place from May 20-23 in Lauderhill, Florida, around 30 miles from Miami, an International Cricket Council (ICC) statement said.

The matches will be played at the Central Broward County Regional Park Cricket Stadium in Lauderhill, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale. It is the only ICC approved cricket stadium in North America.

The inaugural match is set for Thursday night 20th May. The other two matches will be played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (22nd-23rd May).

The teams will be attending after the finals of the Twenty20 World Cup tournament on May 16th.

USA Cricket CEO, Donald Lockerbie has said that the cricket is already popular in the USA but lacks the major media coverage that other sports receive. He hoped that this inaugural series will help to reverse the situation and demonstrate to the American public just how exciting the T20 format is.

Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has said that the Sri Lankan team and the country are honored to be one of the first two ICC Full Members to be involved in this historic series.

"We shall bring our finest team possible and look to return home with a great experience in the USA, helping the sport grow swiftly before thousands of American cricket fans," Ranatunga has said.

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