April 23, 2010 / 12:19 PM / 9 years ago

Cricket-New Zealand and Sri Lanka take Twenty20 to Florida

WELLINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) - New Zealand and Sri Lanka will play a Twenty20 series in Florida next month in the first international matches played between two top cricketing nations in the U.S., the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Friday.

The three-match series will take place from May 20-23 near Miami in Lauderhill, Florida, NZC said on its website (www.blackcaps.co.nz).

The move was welcomed as ‘historic’ by USA Cricket president Gladstone Dainty, while NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan said he envisaged the Black Caps would play every year in the U.S. from now on.

“We have the experience and capacity to help develop the game of cricket in the U.S.,” he said.

“We are looking at ways of helping USA Cricket grow the game both professionally and at the grassroots. This series is the first of many initiatives between our two cricket boards.”

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Beijing, editing by Miles Evans)

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