New Zealand Embassy Washington, United States of America

Ambassadors host community cricket tournament

Washington, DC (22 August 2013): Ambassadors from seven Embassies will host the Ambassadors’ Cricket Cup at the South Germantown Recreational Park (18401 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD 20841) on Saturday 7 September from 9:00am-5:00pm EST.

Teams representing the local diaspora communities of Australia, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will participate in the tournament for a day-long “Ambassadors’ Cricket Cup”.

The tournament will comprise seven games of one-hour duration: four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and a final.

The tournament is the brainchild of Neil Parsan and Mike Moore, respectively the Ambassadors of Trinidad & Tobago and New Zealand to the United States .

"Cricket is a very important part of Caribbean culture – and we’re looking forward to challenging our brothers and sisters from around the cricketing world to a day of friendly competition”, Ambassador Parsan said.

“Cricket is a force for unity in the world. It’s played on every continent – and is one of the Britain’s great gifts to the world”, Ambassador Moore said.

Cricket has similarities to baseball, but is a much older sport that uses different equipment and rules. Baseball and cricket both use “bats‟ to hit the ball; however, the equipment looks quite different. Based on viewership, cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world – and is the most popular summer sport in South Asia, Southern Africa, Australasia, and the English-speaking Caribbean.

The tournament has been organized with the assistance of the Washington Cricket League and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to hold the Ambassadors’ Cricket Cup at one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the Washington metropolitan area,” Ambassador Moore said. “We’re also very supportive of all efforts to promote the game of cricket in the United States, such as that undertaken by the Washington Cricket League.

” Additional information about cricket rules and history is available on the Te Ara website: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/cricket/page-1.

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