A cricket tournament that begins next weekend will bring teams from throughout the world to the Indianapolis World Sports Park. Squads from Bermuda, Canada, Suriname and the United States will compete for a chance to play in an International Cricket Council tournament in Scotland and Ireland later this year. April 22, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Parks is proud to welcome the International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas Division One tournament to the Indianapolis World Sports Park from May 3 through May 9, 2015.

Teams from Bermuda, Canada, Suriname and the United States will compete. The top two teams will advance to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 set to take place in Scotland and Ireland during July and August.

“Sports bring people together, and I am thrilled to see our city's tradition of playing host to international events extend to the sport of cricket. It is an honor for Indianapolis to welcome teams and fans from three visiting countries and the U.S. team as they compete in this regional qualifying event,” said Mayor Greg Ballard.

Cricket – one of the world's most popular sports – is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a large field. At the center of the field and a focal point of the game is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes its turn at bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an “innings.”

“ICC Americas is excited to be taking international cricket to Indianapolis for the first time,” said Ben Kavenagh, ICC Americas Regional Development Manager. “We have been impressed with the professionalism and enthusiasm displayed by the City to attract this important competition and look forward to playing at the Indianapolis World Sports Park. The tournament is free to all attendees. We encourage cricket enthusiasts and novices alike to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy this sport in a new, American venue.”

About the Indianapolis World Sports Park

The Indianapolis World Sports Park is a hybrid facility that blends community park amenities with a professional-grade, 40-acre modular complex designed for top level tournaments. Soccer, lacrosse, rugby, hurling, Gaelic football and cricket are some of the sports the park will accommodate.

About the International Cricket Council www.ICC-Cricket.com

The International Cricket Council is the international governing body of cricket. It consists of 105 member nations, with responsibilities including the organization and governance of major international tournaments, most notably the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Indy Parks and Recreation serves the citizens of Indianapolis / Marion County with 208 parks over 11,000+ acres, 126 playgrounds, 117 tennis courts, 93 basketball courts, 25 family centers, 21 aquatic centers (5 year-round,) 3 nature centers, over 60 miles of greenway trails, 13 golf courses, 4 dog parks, and an ice rink. Learn more at www.indy.gov/parks.

Source: Indy Parks and Recreation

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