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New Cricket Venture Launched In Dallas

New Cricket Venture Launched In Dallas

Arun Agarwal, Mayor Eric Johnson and Azhar Qasmi.

India-West Staff Reporter

DALLAS, TX – The mayor of this Texas city,  Eric L. Johnson, on September 7,  launched a new sports league and another cricket team for the city as part of the new venture, the National Cricket League. 

NCL CEO Azhar Qasmi, Dallas business executive; Arun Agarwal, NCL chairman, and advisor; Haroon Lorgat, former chairman of the International Cricket Council, as well as cricketers and Lollywood and Bollywood celebrities were on hand to celebrate the impending Dallas team launch, according to a press release.

The new NCL aims to introduce the short, fast-paced form of cricket, called “sixty strikes”, to the United States, organizers say. It includes six teams with international players, coaches, and mentors from all over the world. They also contend that the ‘sixty strikes’ format has rapidly gained popularity.

Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat at the event. 

“It is my hope that we will be able to cheer on our city’s team in a stadium in Dallas soon. The National Cricket League has my full support as it works to bring the first dedicated cricket stadium to Dallas,” Mayor Johnson said. 

“This will be a Dallas team. When we say Dallas, we mean Dallas – not Arlington, not Frisco. We’re proud to create another team to represent our city,” said Agarwal.

The first league tournament will be December 19-29 at Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida. In addition to cricket, this nine-day nonstop tournament is expected to feature more than 30 performances from celebrities.

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