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T20 World Cup ripple effect: Cricket starting to take off in America, says US Ambassador Eric Garcetti

The ripple effect of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 is starting to show. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has offered the United States and West Indies Cricket World Cup to co-host the event, with one of the aims being to promote the sport in America.

Cricket is now starting to gain popularity in the country.

Pakistan, a traditional power of the United States, has also helped cricket find a strong position in the country, said Eric Garcetti, United States ambassador to India. The co-hosts shocked former champions Pakistan via Super Over in an ICC showpiece Group A championship match on June 6 in Dallas.

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Therefore, the Babar Azam-led team withdrew from the event without participating in the Super Eight.

“Cricket is a religion, as they often say in India. I think it’s a great sport that’s just starting to take off here in America.

“But given the number of Indians, South Asians, Australians, Kiwis, South Africans and Brits who live in America or are immigrants to America, the country already has an incredible base “, Garcetti told PTI in an interview.

“I can’t wait to see it take off and one day become one of the great sports in America,” he added.

Garcetti said he is now a cricket fan. “I became a cricket madman, as everyone knows. I love cricket. I think more and more Americans are learning to love a game that we played 150 years ago,” he said.

Garcetti hailed the United States’ entry into the Super Eights as a historic moment.

“I can’t believe we upset Pakistan. We beat Bangladesh before the World Cup started and we almost beat India. I say close, because as U.S. Ambassador to India, this is the perfect outcome.

“We came close, but the Indians don’t blame me that we beat you. We moved on to the next round,” he said.

Garcetti said cricket’s participation in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics was an important milestone.

“When I helped put cricket in the Olympics here in America in 2028, I did it almost as much as a gift to India as to the rest of the cricket-loving world.

“I know how important this is to the Indian fan, to the Indian soul,” Garcetti said.

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