India and West Indies are set for a big Twenty20 cricket series in the United States this month. But former Indian all-rounder Robin Singh feels that just playing cricket will not help in the overall development of the sport in the region.
Singh knows the scenario there better than many people as he was involved with both the senior and junior teams of USA cricket. In 2011, Singh had also coached the U.S. women's cricket team at the World Cup qualifier tournament in Bangladesh.
He feels that the U.S. must provide better infrastructure to make decent strides in the sport.
The India-West Indies T20 series, which is going to be played in Florida, is also going to pump huge money as the price of the tickets are said to be very high. With a large population of Indians in the U.S., one can expect a good crowd for the two T20 matches, which has been scheduled for Aug. 27 and Aug. 28.
"I know there is money to be made in the States. You have to pump money in to USA cricket to develop it. Holding matches would not promote the game as you have to develop infrastructure," Cricbuzz quoted Singh as saying.
India has announced a strong team led by MS Dhoni, one of the most popular players on the planet. Other players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, and Shikhar Dhawan are the big names in the squad.
West Indies, the World T20 champions, will depend on players like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons.