New Zealand, Sri Lanka to play T20 match in Florida

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Florida (US), May 22 (ANI): Cricket history will be made in Florida this weekend when New Zealand play Sri Lanka in two Twenty20 internationals.

According to the BBC, this will be the first time two full members of the International Cricket Council have contested a series in America.

New Zealand Cricket has a partnership with the USA Cricket Association and matches will be played on Saturday and Sunday in Lauderhill, near Miami.

The Kiwis are without injured Jesse Ryder and the now retired Shane Bond so Andy McKay comes into the squad.

Sri Lanka is without Muttiah Muralitharan, who has a groin injury.

The USA and Jamaica will also play Twenty20 matches at the Central Broward Park this weekend.

An initial match had to be cancelled because the lighting at the stadium was not of sufficient standard for international cricket.

Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene said. "We're excited to be here, it's a great experience and great exposure to play under different circumstances as well as different conditions." (ANI)

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