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Cricket World Cup: U.S. takes on Canada in opening match at Grand Prairie Stadium

Cricket World Cup: U.S. takes on Canada in opening match at Grand Prairie Stadium

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - The men’s World Cup cricket tournament is coming to North Texas this weekend.

It’s the first time the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be hosted on United States soil.

The first match on Saturday between the U.S. and Canada is at Grand Prairie Stadium, the home of North Texas' pro cricket team, the Texas Super Kings.

The city of Grand Prairie is also hosting a free World Cup watch party this weekend at the Epic Central Entertainment Complex.

A total of 20 countries are competing in the tournament that runs through the end of June.

Three additional matches will be played in Grand Prairie – the Netherlands vs. Nepal on June 4, the United States vs. Pakistan on June 6, and Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh on June 7.

Other matches are being held in New York, Florida, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines.

"The USA is already one of cricket’s biggest audiences for ICC events and bringing the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to New York City, Dallas and Florida is a massive opportunity to exponentially grow the sport," said Peter Hutton, the T20 World Cup Incorporated chair.

"We know that cricket fans from across the country will be out in force on June 1 as the United States hosts Canada in the curtain-raiser for the tournament," said Vijay Srinivasan, co-Founder, Major League Cricket. "In addition, we can’t wait to welcome fans from Pakistan, the Netherlands, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to the Lone Star State for a further three matches at Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium where many of the stars of Major League Cricket will be playing for their countries."

Tickets are still available for the North Texas matches at tickets.t20worldcup.com.