WorldT20 will boost cricket in the US. Windies - US jointly host Twently20 World Cup from June 1.

LONDON : England World Cup winner Liam Plunkett says cricket superstars such as Virat Kohli and Babar Azam can help bolster the game in the United States when it hosts the T20 World Cup.

The Twenty20 showpiece, which starts on June 1, is being jointly staged by the United States and the West Indies.

It will be the first major international cricket tournament played in the US, with a sell-out crowd expected for the clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan at a temporary 34,000-seat venue in Long Island, New York.

That match could feature a dramatic face-off between two of the world's best batsmen in India's Kohli and Pakistan's Azam.

'' I know it's hard to get tickets,'' Plunkett told AFP in a video call from Philadelphia. ''People are asking me for tickets, like I'm a Ticketmaster or something. I've got nothing to do with it.

'' I'm sure there will be a resale value. People are trying to sell it for $1,500 and people are buying the tickets for that, which is crazy to think.

'' I said to someone, ' If you had Babar Azam and Virat Kohli stood next to [NBA] star LeBron James, the queues for the cricketers would be just as long or not longer '. They are so massive around the world.

''People don't believe that. People in America don't realise that more people watch India vs Pakistan than watch the [NFL] Super Bowl, which is crazy.''

Plunkett, 38, played in last year's inaugural edition of Major League Cricket [MLC], a US-based franchise tournament that used the same short and sharp 20-overs-per-side format as the upcoming global showpiece.

'' It was successful,'' said Plunkett, speaking with fewer than 100 days to go until the start of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024. [AFP]


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