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India and West Indies to face-off on the shores of the United States this month

This venture is set to tap into the massive Indian Diaspora in the US and the unexplored cricket market of America

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  • International cricket is now making its maiden entry into the United States of America, on the 27th  and 28th of August in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • The two matches will be held at Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale, which was the same location where the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) matches had been held
  • This venture is set to tap into the massive Indian Diaspora in the US and the unexplored cricket market of America

August 15, 2016: International cricket is now making its maiden entry into the United States of America, on the 27th  and 28th of August in Fort Lauderdale, a city on Florida’s south-eastern coast.  The die-hard cricket fans living on the other side of the globe will now get to see their favorite stars in flesh and blood in a two-match Twenty20 International series match between India and the reigning World Twenty20 champions, West Indies.

The two matches will be held at Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale, which was the same location where the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) matches had been held, mentioned a news portal.

After the American cricket governing body USACA’s was suspended from membership of the ICC, the task to determine whether cricket matches would be staged in the USA fell to ICC. After a meeting during the ongoing Test series, both the cricket bodies, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the decided to take cricket to the United States and make it popular. With an aim to develop cricket in the USA and unify the USA cricket community, the ICC sanctioned the two T20 matches between India and the West Indies to be held in Florida on the 27th and 28th of August.

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ICC CEO Dave Richardson Image Source: The Hindu
ICC CEO Dave Richardson Image Source: The Hindu

According to The Perspective, David Richardson, the chief executive of ICC, says, “The ICC has approved these matches because we believe they can play a significant role in the long-term development of cricket in the USA and our ongoing efforts to unify the USA cricket community. Having the ICC World T20 Champions playing India in Florida will undoubtedly inspire both existing and new fans and players, but perhaps more importantly, the sanction fees will be invested into the ICC’s ongoing work to lay a sustainable foundation for the development of cricket in America.”

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This venture is set to tap into the massive Indian Diaspora in the US and the unexplored cricket market of America and promote this wonderful sport in new countries, thus contributing to its growth. Anurag Thakur, the BCCI president, tells the TOI that, “America has round about 3.8 million Indians and a huge number of Asians. Everyone there is passionate about cricket and they travel across the world to support and watch ‘Team India’.”

Ajay Shirke who is the secretary of BCCI added that “This initiative is path breaking in terms of the expansion of our great sport. It is our endeavour to make every possible effort to connect with fans in different parts of the world.”

The matches will start at 7:30 pm Indian Standard Time (IST) to keep the Indian TV audience in tune. With all the players of the Indian and West Indies team ready to face off in the new battlefield, the series is expected to draw the big Indian and Asian Diaspora to the ground.

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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India China’s Fight Over the Doklam Plateau Explained

Doklam or Donglang, is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India

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  • India and China have an old history of disputes
  • This time, the dispute is regarding the Dokplam Plateau
  • The area is of strategic importance for both the nations

Disputes between India and China are not at all uncommon. The rivalry between the two nations is famous. There have been several disputes between the two on the India-China border in past, and there seems to be no stopping for these disputes in the present or future, for that matter.

India and China have a n old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com
India and China have an old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com

In June 2017, the world witnessed yet another dispute arising between India and China. This time the dispute was about China building a road extending to Doklam Plateau, which both nations have been fighting over for years now.

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History of the dispute 

Doklam or Donglang (in Chinese), is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India. India doesn’t directly claim the area but supports Bhutan’s claims on it.

India fits into the picture, as this plateau is an important area for India. Not only is Bhutan one of the biggest allies of India; China gaining access over the Doklam Plateau will also endanger India’s borders, making them vulnerable to attacks.

Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan's borders.
Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan’s borders.

Apart from the hostile history of the two nations, the Doklam Plateau is also important for India to maintain its control over a land corridor that connects to its remote northeastern States. China building a road through Doklam surely threatens that control.

A complete timeline of what happened in the recent Doklam Standoff 

On 16 June 2017, Chinese troops with construction vehicles and excavators began extending an existing road southward on the Doklam plateau, near India’s border. It was Bhutan which raised the alarm for India.

On 18 June 2017, India responded by sending around 270 Indian troops, with weapons and two bulldozers to evict the Chinese troops from Doklam.

On 29 June 2017, Bhutan protested against the construction of a road in the disputed territory.  According to the Bhutanese government, China attempted to extend a road in an area which is shared both Bhutan and India, along with China.

Between 30 June 2017 and 5 July 2017, China released multiple statements justifying their claim over the Doklam plateau. They cited reasons as to why the Doklam standoff wasn’t really needed. And how China has not intruded into India’s territory to incite the standoff.

On 19th July 2017, China asked India again to withdraw its troops from the Doklam. On 24th July 2017,  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in his statement, asked India to withdraw and behave themselves to maintain peace.

India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC
India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC

Also Read: Why India Must Counter China’s High-Altitude Land Grab?

What followed till 16th August 2017 was China constantly alleging India of trying to create trouble. They accused India of trying to disturb the peace and not withdrawing the troops, even after repeated reminders. They also accused India of bullying.

India, however, kept quiet during the whole fiasco, only releasing a statement regarding their stand and position at the Doklam standoff.

On 28 August 2017, India and China finally announced that they had agreed to pull their troops back from the Doklam standoff. The withdrawal was completed on that very day.

On 7 September 2017, many media reports claimed that both nation’s troops have not left the site completely. They were still patrolling the area, simply having moved 150 meters away from their previous position.

On 9 October 2017, China announced that it is ready to maintain peace with India at the frontiers. India reacted in affirmative, the peace was established when Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman’s visited Nathu La.

The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay
The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay

The Doklam issue, for now, is resolved. However, given the history of disputes between India and China, it won’t be a surprise if the issue resurfaces again in near future.