Historic Kiwi series reduced to two games

Aaron Moores | cricket20

The opening game of New Zealandís historic three game Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka in Florida has been cancelled by the United States cricket board.

With a possible thunderstorm threatening to wash out Thursday nights openings game the decision was made to reduce the three game series to just two games which will take place next Saturday and Sunday.

The series marks the first time two full ICC members have played each other in a competitive game in the United States. Don Lockerbie, the chief executive of USACA told cricinfo that they didnít want to risk the first game being a wash out.

"The original match was scheduled under lights, and we wanted to move it to the afternoon, but that's tough to pull off on an American working week," said Lockerbie.

"We feel it's better to start with a big bang on the weekend, because it's about the USA and our strategic partner, New Zealand, trying to figure out what's best to grow cricket in our country," he added.

"This is really an important weekend for us. We want to show the world we are open for business, and show that these teams have made a wise choice to come and play cricket in the US."

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