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Nup, this is the first year of the deal. They had the U19 WC earlier this year as their first event.

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Nope, new deal which was signed in December 2023 I think

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USA opened the 2024 men’s T20 World Cup with a seven wicket win over Canada in Dallas.

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Well the Australia vs Oman is interesting, Australia 3 for 50 in the 8th over and the bowler was on a hat trick!

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Australia recovered from 3/50 to post a competitive score of 5/164 after 20 overs, thanks to David Warner’s 56 and Marcus Stoinis’ unbeaten 67 from 36 balls (he reached 50 from 27 balls). They put on 102 from 64 deliveries for the fourth wicket to drag their team out of trouble.

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Australia won the match quite comfortably, restricting Oman to 9/125 from their 20 overs. Oman were 6/57 after 13 overs and were in danger of being bowled out for less than 100, however Ayaan Khan (36) and Mehran Khan (27) made the score looking more respectable.

Stoinis was named player of the match for his innings of 67 and taking 3/19. He became just the third player in T20 World Cup history — after Dwayne Bravo (West Indies) and Shane Watson (Australia) — to score a 50 and take at least three wickets.

Mitchell Starc, Nathan Ellis and Adam Zampa each grabbed two wickets. Starc had to leave the field after his third over with soreness in his lower leg that Australia are hoping was only cramp.

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OMG!

The USA has beaten Pakistan in the T20 WC in a Super Over!

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The bookies will be happy…

Would love to see the US play cricket as good as they play soccer. It will never overtake baseball. I did speak to an American based in Texas for fun asked him if he knew the cricket world cup was on he had no idea it was on. As expected.

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Last time I was in the States, I spoke to a guy from Kentucky… and we were talking about sports, he only had a vague idea what cricket was… his first question was “is that where the ball bounces?”

Also reminds me about the jokes that American comedian Robin Williams used to make about cricket … (couldn’t find it on Youtube, but it was along the lines of how we spend 5 days playing cricket and we still can’t get a result!)

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Yeah I remember that lol. Anyway I am normally not too much into T20 but its the World Cup and I like cricket. Prefer international cricket to franchise cricket.

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I’m the same- I don’t watch any franchise cricket (IPL, Big Bash) and T20 in international form is enough for me.

Canada beat Ireland today and Afghanistan thrashed NZ. Afghanistan look like they may make it deep into the tournament; the wickets are pretty slow and two-paced, and totals have been well below par. That suits their spin heavy team.

As for cricket taking off in the States, I’m afraid it’s a ‘negatory, Big Ben’ from me on that score. Though with the increasing clout of the South Asian diaspora in the US, it may carve out a niche there I suppose. I’ll check whether there has been any New York Times coverage of the tournament.

If the USA can beat Ireland, they may well make it into the ‘Super 8’ elimination stage…

I’m happy to watch any form of cricket as long as I think it’s going to be a competitive contest and I can watch it live at a decent hour on FTA or satellite. Which sadly means there’s not a lot left!

On the last point, the schedule obviously favours the Old Dart in tonight’s Australia v England clash . It airs at 1700 UTC (1800 BST) but unfortunately for us, that’s 0300 AEST. At least Amazon Prime has full replay facilities available, plus 25 min highlight packages. I’m mainly watching the highlights but will watch a few games in full when time allows.

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And agree that cricket will have a hard time getting any real foothold in the States, even with a World Cup there, and that a niche is the best they can hope for, particularly with a strong sub continental population there.

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Yeah thats what I am watching. Today I had the ABC app on whilst doing some housework. Quite enjoyable to listen to crichet on the radio in the morning. Both matches were on too the Banglabdesh vs Sir Lanka was on ABC Sports Extra, whilst the NZ match was in the ABC Cricket “normal”. Was surprised one matches wasn’t on ABC Sports DAB.

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Former Australian bowler and founder of the McGrath Foundation, Glenn McGrath, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in this year’s King’s Birthday honours list. He was cited for his “distinguished service to community health through breast cancer support, and to cricket as an international coach.”

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The wicket at the New York venue (Nassau County, Long Island) hasn’t done much to sell T20 cricket as a baseball like game which would appeal to Americans. Scores have been below 100 on a very two-paced and uneven pitch, with the outfield as slow as a turtle on Valium as well.

An example of how difficult it has been to score runs there:

I think the Yanks would prefer IPL style totals in excess of 200 with plenty of six-hitting.

The New York wicket was first prepared in Adelaide and flown to Miami over the NH winter, before being laid in the square in May. Not really ideal but they had to work with what they had given that the stadium is temporary.

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I quite like low scores reminds me of one day cricket in the 80s. Agree the aim is to promote the game in the US, 200 plus scores is more what’s required. Most US people I quizzed had no idea its on anyway. A bit like the Rugby League weekend we had.

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Agree, I just think the Americans don’t know how prepare a proper T20 pitch.