A professional Twenty20 cricket league is scheduled to start in the United States next year,the chief executive of Cricket Holdings America LLC (CHALLC) Keith Wyness said on Friday.
Wyness,a former chief executive of English Premier League Everton and Scottish Premier League Aberdeen,is responsible for a business plan including the sale of Twenty20 franchises for a professional league.
CHALLC is a joint venture between New Zealand Cricket and the United States of America Cricket Association for the development of cricket within the United States.
“At present we are looking at a target date of starting games in the summer of 2013,” Wyness said in a statement released by CHALLC. “We will certainly have leadup events through 2012.
“Without a doubt Twenty20 is the format that is going to achieve most visibility and penetration in the USA – that is what we expect to happen.
“However,we will also be supporting other forms of the game if there is a need and desire as we move forward.”