BOCA RATON/FL: Chairman of Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) Mahammad Qureshi says that the 2021 US Open T20 event which ended last Monday was the best of the lot and thanked everyone who made it a success.
Speaking from the Boca Raton office on Friday, Qureshi said the tournament which was the 13th held drew massive interest from around the world and this was because everyone played their part to ensure this was the reality.
“We had the biggest US Open T20 tournament and although there were some hiccups along the way, it was the best and biggest ever. The quality of cricket was the best and we have to thank all the players who came on board to assist in this way. We had a number of top USA players taking part. The cream of the crop in terms of talent in the USA came out to play and the world saw what we have here in terms of cricket talent.”
Qureshi, who has spent millions into the development of the sport in the USA also thanked the international players for coming along. “The international players who braved difficult travel restrictions to come here also played a huge part in our success. I want to thank them for believing in USA’s cricket and for taking part in the tournament. They raised the bar in terms of quality and in the end we were happy to have them here with us. It has left our local players all the richer for rubbing shoulders with them and we look forward to welcoming them for the 2022 tournament.”
The viewership received on MaqTv was huge this time around and this did not go unnoticed by the Fort Lauderdale business tycoon. “The viewership we had was really great this time around. We broke records along the way in terms of this and at the finals along we had over three million people locked on to the action.
“I want to take this time out to thank my staff at MaqTv for another wonderful job done as they worked very long hours to bring to broadcast for fans around the world. I also want to thank the fans showing that keen interest in our tournament and taking time out of their busy schedule to join us.
“We look forward to welcoming each and every one at our tournament next year.”