FT. LAUDERDALE – Get ready America – Cricket Council USA is poised to make cricket history by staging the inaugural U.S. Cricket Open to be held from December 4 – 6, 2009 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Last year in South Florida, CCUSA hosted the MAQ T20 International Cricket Tournament 2008, which made American sports history by being the first international cricket tournament played in the first and only Cricket Stadium in North America.
Cricket Council USA is a professional sports and entertainment management organization who have planned, promoted and sponsored the 2009 Maq Lauderhill International Night Cricket Tournament, New England T20, Houston T20, New Jersey T20 and Washington T20 with cash prizes of up to $7,000.00 for each tournament.
Talking about the tournament, Jeff Miller, Vice President of Operations said: “In the spirit of our mission to further the development of T20 cricket in American, Cricket Council USA will invite eight teams with some of the best cricketers in North American to complete in this historical tournament. CCUSA will award the Championship Trophy and a $10,000.00 prize check to the winning team and a $2,000.00 prize check to the runner-up.”
Mr. Mahammad A. Qureshi, CEO/President of the Cricket Council USA, exclaimed: ”This is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To play for the Champions Trophy of the First U.S Cricket Open is an honor that the players, coaches and managers will be bragging about for generations to come. We are looking forward to some very exciting and entertaining cricket come December.”
“The US Cricket Open will be played in colored clothing and white balls that will be provided by Cricket Council USA. The eight teams will be organized in two groups with each team playing against the other teams within their group in a round-robin format. The two top teams in each group will advance to the semi-finals with the winners of the tournament collecting the big prize – $10,000.00,” Miller said.
Just like the “OPEN” format of major U.S. Golf and Tennis Opens, the U.S. Cricket Open will have eight teams converging in beautiful South Florida to leave their mark in American sports history. The players, coaches and managers will have their names indelibly etched into the record books for competing in the first ever U.S. Cricket Open.