T20 World Cup 2024 – New York’s Eisenhower Park ready for India-Bangladesh warm-up game – ESPNcricinfo

The Dawn of Cricket at New York\’s Eisenhower Park: India-Bangladesh Warm-Up Match Set for June 1

Eisenhower Park, the crown jewel of New York and the first modular stadium to grace international cricket, stands poised and ready for the T20 World Cup. The grand 34,000-seater venue, nestled approximately 25 miles east of the bustling New York City, made its debut this Wednesday under the auspices of Usain Bolt, world’s fastest man and a World Cup ambassador.

The International Cricket Council ICC is set to stage test events at this fresh venue in the days preceding the World Cup, which commences on June 1. The tournament will be played across the West Indies and the USA. New York is set to host eight games out of the 16 that are to be played in the USA, with Dallas and Texas sharing the remainder. The first official match at Eisenhower Park will see South Africa and Sri Lanka locking horns on June 3.

The park will also play host to a warm-up match on June 1, which insiders have revealed to feature Bangladesh and India. The main tournament will see India playing three matches in New York, including a highly anticipated one against Pakistan on June 9.

The transformation of Eisenhower Park into a cricketing arena represented a colossal undertaking by the ICC. A mere five months ago, the site was just everyday park land. A significant chunk of this mammoth task involved the preparation of drop-in pitches in Florida, which were subsequently transported by land to New York and installed in the main square alongside the practice areas.

Four drop-in pitches were integrated into the main square, complemented by six others for training, just a stone’s throw away from the ground. The pitches were meticulously prepared by Adelaide Oval Turf Solutions, led by Damian Hough, the chief curator at Adelaide Oval. The outfield, meanwhile, was crafted by LandTek Group, a USA-based turf-making business that has previously prepared playing surfaces for the New York Yankees and New York Mets, and soccer club Inter Miami.

Chris Tetley, ICC’s head of events, spoke of the transformation during a media interaction on Tuesday. He expressed pride in the conversion of what was once park land and an informal cricket ground into a world-class cricket stadium.

The India-Bangladesh warm-up game will be the first to feature two international teams at Eisenhower Park. Prior to this, Tetley mentioned that “community cricket events” would be staged in the last fortnight of May to test the operational demands and the management of resources, including infrastructure.

In exciting news for fans, Tetley revealed that there are still “limited opportunities” to purchase tickets for all eight T20 World Cup matches in New York, including the India-Pakistan showdown. He encouraged fans to act quickly to secure their spot at these historic games.

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