Ten years into its existence the US Open T20 is still the number one cricket tournament in America.
In a recent survey conducted by Cricket360 in the Caribbean, it was revealed that US Open T20 is still the number one tournament by a wide margin. The survey took in the views of players from America, foreign players who normally visits the country to play cricket, we well as a sample of fans, journalists and cricket administrators.
The US Open T20 tournament will be played from December 12 to 16 at the Central Broward Regional Park this year. It will be the 10th edition of the popular tournament and a number of foreign players are expected to fly in to join the top local players to make it a tournament of quality.
A number of tournaments are propping up all over America but it does not carry the prestige of the US Open T20 which is a product of Cricket Council USA (CCUSA). Millions of dollars have been spent in the development of this tournament and now it is on the cusp of becoming great. Last year in another survey the US Open T20 was rated the 6th best T20 league in the world and at the moment it maintains that position despite the arrival of the Global T20 in Canada. That tournament in its first year has failed to capture the imagination of the cricket world and it will take it a few years well and significant investment to make an impression.
Co-founder of the US Open T20 Mahammad Qureshi says that he is not surprised by the findings of Cricket360. “We have worked very hard to make this tournament a success and now we are the number one rated tournament in America. We are happy to hear that but I am not surprised. We have worked many years, spent a lot of money and time into this investment and it is good to get the recognition for it.
“We would like to take it a step further this year and make it the best ever, seeing that we are celebrating 10 years of competition. We have had a number of icons coming through at the events over the years and we intend to bring even more this year to make this the best celebration ever.
“We also intend to have a number of cultural items at the tournament, as we celebrate the diversity of the people who have made this tournament such a success.”