Published on 06 Nov 2015 | about 1 year ago
Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne were in New York on Thursday to choose their sides for the 2015 Cricket All Stars tour of the US. The teams will play three T-20 matches, in New York, Houston and Los Angeles.
SOUNDBITE: (English) Sachin Tendulkar:
"The reason for picking up a cricket bat again after retirement is to globalize sport. And that is something which both Shane and I have a dream, we have this vision. One day we would like an American team also to be participating in the World Cup. It would be a great moment. And something more than that which is really, really important which a lot of cricketers have been endorsing is cricket in the Olympics. So this is the beginning of that hopefully."
SOUNDBITE: (English) Shane Warne:
"We've got 30 super stars in this room here today that are here to promote the game of cricket. We're all here because we love the game of cricket. We're all here because we're very very passionate about cricket. And just getting all of us together has been absolutely fantastic. We absolutely love being together. We're going to play some competitive games. So when you say gamble or taking a risk, we want to bring so much joy to the people who've never had the opportunity to see some of their heroes or their idols play live."
SOUNDBITE: (English) Graeme Swann, England:
"For me, if we sell out the stadiums, if we put on a good show, and I think the games will be good. A lot of people seem to think it's just a jolly old boys network, but the competitiveness has come out already. The two teams are picked. I could feel myself eyeballing Matthew Hayden. I used to play against him, he was my captain for a while. And I'm eyeballing him saying, 'I'm going to get you out'. I think if the games are played competitively and showcase how good these players can be, I think that will rub off and the crowds will enjoy it. And if they come back next year, they tell their friends to come back, that's what we want. We want more and more people to hear about the game, to love the game and eventually to play the game."