New Zealand poised to play international cricket in US

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Auckland, Feb 13(ANI): The New Zealand cricket team is poised to play international games in the United States this year following a series of discussions between administrators of both countries.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive Justin Vaughan said that a "strategic partnership" had been formed with the USA Cricket (USACA), which would be of commercial benefit to both parties.

According to reports, New Zealand will play a series of three ODIs against Sri Lanka in Lauderhill, Florida in late May following the Twenty20 World Cup in West Indies.

"Over the past months, we have advanced discussions with USA Cricket regarding the structure of our relationship, and both parties are very happy with how this is taking shape," The New Zealand Herald quoted Vaughan, as saying in a statement.

"We are looking to help introduce cricket to a wider audience, and to attract new investment into the sport. It is widely accepted there is significant commercial opportunity for cricket within the USA market, and the introduction such investment would greatly assist the overall development and growth of cricket in the USA, which would be great for the game throughout the world," the statement added.

Vaughan said the games against Sri Lanka were yet to be confirmed, but was "optimistic" they would take place.

"It would be a real first for cricket in the USA to stage this series and a great way for New Zealand Cricket to launch our partnership with USA Cricket," he said.

The Pakistan team is already planning to tour the US later this year, with the USACA having offered to host a series between them and India.

There have also been reports of the Indian Premier League games being played in the US. (ANI)

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