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Australia Ships Cricket Drop-In Pitches To USA For T20 World Cup 2024

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The United States, set to co-host Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 in June this year, will be using Australian-based pitches for the global cricket tournament. 

The USA cricket authorities recently received pitches shipped straight from Adelaide in Australia, as confirmed by Adelaide Oval pitch curator Damian Hough.

Australia ships pitches as USA braces for first T20 WC

The US will be co-hosting a major ICC event for the first time through this year’s Men’s T20 World Cup in June. In a bid to prepare for the 20-team tournament, the USA cricket authorities recently had pitches imported from Adelaide in Australia.

Adelaide Oval pitch curator Damian Hough, who has been tasked of growing pitches and shipping them to Florida, said that their primary aim is to produce pitches which can provide “entertaining cricket” for the spectators.

Hough added that his team has given its “best shot” in making bouncy pitches and are hoping that the 2024 T20 World Cup will be played out in good surfaces.

The T20 World Cup 2024 will commence on June 1 with the opening match between USA and Canada in Texas. While the United States will be hosting 16 matches of the tournament, the other 39 (including the knockouts) have been allotted to West Indies.

The USA set of matches will be played at Florida’s Lauderhill, New York’s East Meadow and the Grand Prairie in Texas. 

The New York-based venue will be hosting the most-hyped league stage match of the tournament, with age-old arch-rivals India and Pakistan taking on each other there on June 9.

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