T20: Sachin's Blasters vs. Warne's Warriors in the US
Friday, 06 November 2015 - 10:06
Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar began their bid to sell cricket to America on Thursday, supported by 30 of the world's best players from the past 20 years.
The Cricket All-Stars teams will play a Twenty 20 match in New York on Saturday followed by trips to Houston and Los Angeles.
The group of players that includes Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, Wasim Akram, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Jacques Kallis, are contracted to play 15 games over the next three years.
Games will take place on drop-in pitches in huge baseball stadiums, in front of what Warne and Tendulkar hope will be thousands of new American cricket fans and a potential market of millions.
"The dream is to bring cricket to America, and if we come back next year and see just one American kid with a cricket bat in his hands, we'll think it has been a success," Tendulkar said at the launch of the tour in New York on Thursday.
"David Beckham came here and soccer started to grow – we're trying to do something similar with cricket," Warne added.