KARACHI Cricket fraternity in United States of America is excited with the prospect of watching the first ICC officially recognised three T20 match series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka to be played in Florida from May 20 to 23. According to a message received from Masood Akhtar also known as 'Chik, a member of the USACA executive board here on Saturday, the hype created by the ICC World T20 in which the two teams played has immensely boosted interest in the coming series which will be the first ever in the USA. The Americans has been caught with the new concept of T20 cricket which comes closer to baseball because of its duration time. The new shortest version of cricket, he said, suited the Americans because it is duration wise last just three hours and could be played during the weekends like baseball, the most popular sport in the States, he said. He said that a large number of fans from New York and California where there is a large population of Pakistani and Indian community and from across the state of Florida are expected to travel to Miami to watch history in the making. The series will be played by full ICC members first time in the USA - will take place from May 20 to May 23 in Lauderhill, Florida, around 30 miles from Miami, he said. An Indian property development company, Pearls Infrastructure, is the sponsor for the matches and the teams will be competing for the Pearls Cup. Kumar Sangakara will lead Sri Lanka against Blackcaps. The series has been launched under a new strategic partnership between the USA Cricket and the New Zealand Cricket. Cricket, he said, is a popular with approximately 15 million cricket fans living in the USA. The USA Cricket has worked hard to bring this event about and we are very excited about the potential impact of this series for the growth and development of cricket in the United States. He said that last time the sport of cricket made significant history in the United States was in 1844, when the Canada played USA match, was the first international sporting event between two nations in world history. This T20 series would be the first of many initiatives between New Zealand and the USACA and it was expected the Blackcaps would be playing in the USA on an annual basis. Pearls Infrastructure Managing Director ML Sehjpal was also excited about his involvement in such a ground-breaking event. As the series follows on the heels of the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies, there was greater interest in the coming events, he added. The matches will be played at the Central Broward Regional Park Cricket Stadium - the only ICC approved cricket stadium in North America, in Lauderhill, a suburb of Ft Lauderdale, Florida. The stadium holds up to 20,000 and was completed in November 2007, he said. The matches are scheduled with the inaugural game set for Thursday night May 20, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons (May 22, 23). Ticket information and price will be announced on its website www.usaca.org. President United States Cricket Association Gladstone Dainty has worked hard along with other members of the USACA to bring international cricket. Dainty was optimistic about the future of the sport. He sees and feels the heartbeat of the game with the thousands of volunteers who donate their spare time and money to help cricket survive and eventually one day reach the top levels of the game so national teams can compete against the worlds best. Dainty who lives in the Washington DC area was one of a handful who helped lead the game out of a deep hole to rewriting the constitution, setting up elections and eventually a new board. When the International Cricket Committee suspended the US for two years, it was Dainty who with others worked with the West Indies Cricket Board in rewriting the games constitution, he said. Dainty has been reelected president until 2011. He sees the future of the game growing at grassroots level and is a strong advocate of introducing cricket in the New York City public school system. Dainty believed the game had to be introduced at school level throughout the country where children can grow up with cricket just like they do with football, baseball, basketball and hockey. Dainty, who grew up with cricket in Guyana before moving to the US 37 years ago, understands that the administration needs a professional staff before the USACA can become a professional body with players and coaches under contract, he added.