All-Star Cricket Teams to Square Off at Citi Field

Sachin Tendulkar (left) and Shane Warne at a press conference in NYC about the All-Stars cricket match to be held Nov. 7 at Citi Field. (Photo via News India Times)

Sachin Tendulkar (left) and Shane Warne at a press conference in NYC about the All-Stars cricket match to be held Nov. 7 at Citi Field. (Photo via News India Times)

Former cricket stars Sachin Tendulkar from India and Shane Warne from Australia are in New York for an All-Star cricket match in T20 format at Citi Field Satuday Nov. 7 that will feature some of the best cricket players from around the world, reports Suman Guha Mozumder in News India Times.

Tendulkar, who is on his first ever cricketing tour of America – two more matches will be held in Houston and Los Angeles –  said that he hoped the matches will boost interest in the sport.

“My expectation is that next time when we come here, we will be able to see kids carrying cricket kits along with baseball bats. It will become a reality,” he said. “It is all about having dreams. These aspirant youngsters will play for America one day,” Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar and Warne – whose competing teams, picked on Nov. 5, are dubbed “Sachin’s Blasters” and “Warne’s Warriors,” respectively – both hope that cricket can become a more globalized sport. The Indian cricket star believes that there’s a way the sport can gain popularity in the U.S.

“I have friends from India who came here to the United States in the 1990s to study medicine, and they have become big doctors, or businessmen. They had no idea about baseball or basketball when they came here, but their American friends took them to stadiums to expose them to baseball and basketball and now they are as familiar with these sports as their American friends. What I am asking my friends here to do is to reciprocate that – take your American friends to baseball fields where cricket is going to be played, teach them about cricket,” Tendulkar said.

The Indian cricket star tweeted about the forthcoming game:


Go to News India Times to find out what Tendulkar had to say about youngsters and the game.

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