Abid Ali expects India players to pull crowds in Florida

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Syed Abid Ali
Syed Abid Ali. (Photo by Getty Images)

Former Indian all-rounder Syed Abid Ali has said that an overseas T20 international organized by the BCCI is certain to be a crowd puller. Abid Ali, who played for India during their formative years of the 1970s stated that the population of Indians and West Indian players in Florida.

Just recently, the BCCI announced that there will be two matches played at the Central Broward Regional Park in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale on August 27 and 28 after the conclusion of the ongoing four-match Test series. Interestingly, few Caribbean Premier League (CPL) matches were played their last year.

“There are a lot of Indians and West Indians in Florida and the West Indies are already involved in promoting cricket in America. This is a very good idea to bring in international matches to this region,” the 74-year-old cricketer told mid-day from California yesterday.

He is a veteran of 29 Tests, scoring 1018 runs and took 47 wickets. He also added that playing a short series is perhaps the best way to popularize the sport in the United States. “I am sure there are lots of people who will come to watch these matches involving players like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. A lot of people are expected to come from different states as well,” said Abid, adding, “People who love the game, people who are away from the game for a long time, will look forward to such international games.”

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“TV has to come forward and help us. Obviously,  when that happens, kids will watch the game and if they watch, they will come forward and start playing. The cricket association here has to build proper infrastructure and provide good playing conditions for those coming to play here,” said an optimistic Abid.

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