Cricket to go the baseball way in America

Published: Friday, June 25, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The Americans have decided to play cricket, but with some changes that would make cricket lovers squirm.

And some well-known names in the game, like India's Ajay Jadeja and Nikhil Chopra alongwith veterans Alec Stewart, Curtley Ambrose are endorsing it by participating.

A first ever professional 'league', an inter-city One-day cricket series is being launched across eight US cities, organised by American ProCricket (APC).

The matches are one day, or rather one evening, for there would be only 20 overs. So, the game would be over in just three hours, according to a press release from the organisers.

Then there is a rule inspired by baseball: A team would be allowed to field a specialised batsman, who would replace one of the bowlers when the side is batting. He would not be required to bowl or field.

Also, one bowler would be allowed to bowl 25% of the total overs. The rules do not allow more than 20% of the overs to be bowled by one bowler.The league has two divisions of four teams each. The East division has teams from New York, New Jersey, Washington DC and Florida while the West division includes Chicago, Texas, Los Angeles and San Francisco teams.

Semi-finals are scheduled for August 2 and 28 while the final will take place on September 4.

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