Sub-standard lights force change in first US event

FORT LAUDERDALE, May 15, 2010 (AFP) – Sri Lanka and New Zealand will play only two Twenty20 matches next week in the first full internationals to take place in the United States because of sub-standard floodlights at the venue. “The Black Caps are tremendously excited about the opportunity of launching international cricket in the United States,” Vaughan said. “The Pearls Cup series promises to be a great spectacle.” The International Cricket Council ruled that Broward County Regional Park lights were not bright enough to stage a planned Thursday night match, but Sri Lanka will play New Zealand on Saturday and Sunday as scheduled in day matches.

The decision shrinks the Pearls Cup event to two matches and moves the historic first full international meeting on US soil to next Saturday. Jamaica and the United States will stage a T20 match each day as well.

“Ideally the inaugural game in the Pearls Cup series would have been a night game on Thursday,” New Zealand cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said.

“The lights at the stadium are fine for most levels of cricket but they need to be of a higher standard for the playing and broadcast of international cricket.

“And there’s a high probability of rain and thun