Franchise-based Twenty20 League planned in US in 2012

Podar Holdings International Pte Limited and Top Bloom Corporation Limited have become foundation partners in an agreement signed with the USACA, NZC and Australian sports marketing firm Insite to grow cricket exponentially in one of ICC's target markets, a media release said.

The agreement signed on December 18 in Los Angeles establishes Cricket Holdings America LLC as holder of majority of the commercial rights to cricket in the United States.
The rights include the potentially valuable Twenty20 rights and the ability to stage a franchise based T20 League which is scheduled for June 2012 with six teams, the release stated.

ICC's Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has welcomed the development.
"The ICC has long considered the United States as a strategically key market for the growth of the game. We are extremely supportive of the new partnership and their efforts to grow cricket within the United States. We wish them all the best," Lorgat said.

"The United States has a huge potential to grow the game and is going to be one of the biggest destinations for cricket. Cricket Holdings America LLC is exciting news for the game globally, in particular to fans around the world," said Rajiv Podar, Director of Podar Holdings International.

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