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.
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.”
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
Chepyala Madhusudhan Rao, an elder in the village, brought the discovery of the inscription to the notice of the historian, Dyaavanapalli Satyanarayana recently
The inscriptions have several contexts that serve as chronicles of the history of Telangana
The inscriptions in Sanskrit and Telugu say that the temple was constructed for the 24th Jain Thirthankara- Sri Vardhamana Mahaveera
According to an article published in The Hindu, some farmers of Mallaram in Karimnagar district found a three-faced stone inscription as they were clearing shrubs to reclaim land. That was 8 years back. Chepyala Madhusudhan Rao, an elder in the village, brought it to the notice of the historian, Dyaavanapalli Satyanarayana recently and thus its importance was recognised.
According to the findings that have been revealed now, here are some interesting facts:
Mr. Satyanarayana says that he had corroborated its content with facts in contemporary historical texts and thought it was fit to reveal the findings.
The inscriptions have several contexts that serve as chronicles of the history of Telangana, opines the historian to the Hindu.
The inscriptions indicate that Mallaram of Malhar mandal in Karimnagar district was the last Jain temple in the region, also pointing out the patronage of the religion to date back to 850 years.
The inscriptions in Sanskrit and Telugu say that the temple was constructed for the 24th Jain Thirthankara- Sri Vardhamana Mahaveera- by Manikya Setti and also how the whole revenue of an entire village called Muppayapalli was donated by Bhaktula Pochenayudu for its maintenance.
Then it demarcates a line for the disappearance of Jainism and being replaced by a new religious sect called ‘Veera Saivism’ here.
The predominance of the Setti community (Komati today) among the Jains of those days was also mentioned.
Inscription indicates that women were valued in those days. Giri Devasani, a lady mentioned in the inscriptions, is said to have succeeded her father Doddalasiddhi Setti as the chief priest of the Parshavanatha temple. Her sculpture has been found, in addition to the Kakatiya symbols of the ox and the sun-moon on all four sides of the stone.
The mention of the lady reveals that women in the Jain faith held high position in their society, says Dr. Satyanarayana.
None of the South Indian states list in the top vegetarian states
When compared to the last survey which was conducted in 2004, the number of non-vegetarians in India have dropped
Telangana has the highest number of non-vegetarians with 98.8 percent men and 98.6 percent women who eat meat
The world believes that India is a predominantly vegetarian country where culture and religion impose restrictions on meat taking. But the recent survey conducted by the Registrar General of India (RGI) proves otherwise.
The RGI had carried out the nationwide Sample Registration System survey in 2014. The data showed that nearly 7 of every 10 Indians are non-vegetarians. Also, the data indicates that the percentage of non-vegetarians was consistently higher in rural areas.
The data shows that Telangana has the highest number of non-vegetarians with 98.8 percent men and 98.6 percent women who eat meat. The other states with high non-vegetarian population are, Kerala (97%), Andhra Pradesh (98.25%), Odisha (97.35%) and West Bengal (98.55%.)
With 73.2 percent men and 76.6 percent women being vegetarians, Rajasthan is the state with the highest population of vegetarians. Haryana follows next with 68.5 percent men and 70 percent women and in Punjab, 65.5 percent of the male population and 68 percent of the female population eat vegetarian food.
Something to be noted is that none of the South Indian states list in the top vegetarian states. Karnataka has the highest population of vegetarians across South India with just 21.1 per cent.