International Cricket Council Americas Sub Regional T20 World Cup Qualifier Coming to Morrisville
Morrisville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources partners with Triangle Cricket League to host International Cricket Council Americas Sub Regional T20 World Cup Qualifier
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that the 2018 ICC Americas Sub Regional T20 World Cup Qualifier will be hosted in Morrisville in September. This tournament is in line with the ICC global strategy for international regional competition. Concluding the tournament results, the top 2 countries will progress to the next round of World Cup Qualifiers. The participating countries for the tournament are the national men’s team of Belize, Canada, Panama and the USA. The official venue for the tournament will be the cricket facilities at Church Street Park, located at 5800 Cricket Pitch Way in Morrisville. The Morrisville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department has been working with the Triangle Cricket League for several months to secure this event for Morrisville.
“We are thrilled to be hosting this qualifier in Morrisville and have enjoyed working with the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department to make this happen,” said Triangle Cricket League President Jana Chellaperumal. “This is a major accomplishment for our region, and exciting news for our local cricket players.”
Games are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, September 19 and will run through Wednesday, September 26. Detailed game information can be found on www.townofmorrisville.org/internationalcricket. All games will be held at Church Street Park, which has a regulation size cricket field, playground, three tennis courts, a walking track and two picnic shelters. It is connected to the local community by the Shiloh Greenway and Church Street. This year additional field lighting was installed, and the cricket pitch was renovated to improve the conditions to host more tournaments.
“We are eager to stage an international event in North Carolina which is testament to the vision of the city of Morrisville and tireless work of all local constituents, including the Triangle Cricket League,” said Wade Edwards, USA Cricket. “This is an important qualification event as Team USA sets it’s eyes on playing in the World Cup in 2020 and we encourage all cricket fans in the area to come out and show their support for the national team next month.”“This announcement is important for the entire greater Morrisville region,” said Morrisville Mayor TJ Cawley. “From the residents who approved the bond for the park many years ago, to the staff who built the cricket pitch, and the International Cricket Council representatives who visited Morrisville last month and the Triangle Cricket League coaches and players the support for this growing international sport has been amazing. We are excited to officially welcome International Cricket to the Triangle and are looking forward to being instrumental in nurturing the next generation of players here in the US.”