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Sachin, Warne aim to bring cricket to mainstream America

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LOS ANGELES — They are two of the most famous athletes in the world, and both are legends of their sport. In his home country, Sachin Tendulkar is referred to as a god. Shane Warne, an Australian, is widely regarded as one of the best bowlers in the history of the game.

The hope of the two is to cure the anonymity of the sport in the states—now retired from the game, Warne called Tendulkar almost a year ago with the idea to bring cricket to America. It was then that the Cricket All-Star series was born, with the marriage of bringing the game’s best players to an untapped market, with matches to be played in some of America’s most iconic baseball stadiums. Matches were played in New York, Houston, and Los Angeles.

“We really want to globalize this,” Warne said. “We’re bringing together 28 of the biggest stars that have ever played the game to America to hopefully have that sort of impact.”

They both know it won’t be easy, but the two hope their passion for both the game, and the United States, can pay dividend for the potential growth of the sport. Strange words to read when you consider the fact that over one billion people worldwide tuned into watch a matchup of India and Pakistan during this past year’s Cricket World Cup – almost 10 times the number of viewers drawn by last season’s Super Bowl.

The sport is played by over 120 million people worldwide.

“We are both very passionate about the game,” Warne said. “And we both love America.” Tendulkar added, “it’s a sport-loving nation, but this will be a challenge.”

In theory, cricket is quite similar to a sport American’s are already crazy for: baseball—however, there are also distinct differences between the two sports. Pitches known as googlies and yorkers bounce before reaching the batsman. The bat is broad and can hit in a range of directions around an oval-shaped field.

But one thing American’s appreciate most about baseball, is the longball, commonly referred to as the homerun, and stellar defensive plays. Warne described cricket as an amplified edition of those very traits.

“It’s the rock-and-roll version,” he said. “Huge hits and lots of fielding.”

The exhibition was simply that, but was held with the purpose of planting a seed. Ticket sales weren’t what they had expected, and the play less than all-star caliber, but for now, Tendulkar and Warne hope it left a lasting enough impression for a rather ambitious goal: fielding an American cricket team in the 2020 World Cup, something Warne said he believes is completely doable.

 

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Cyclone Fani in India, leaves 16 dead, 160 injured in its aftermath

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Odisha, INDIA (Diya TV) — Cyclone Fani, the largest cyclone to hit India in decades, claimed the lives of at least 16 people. 160 others were injured in the cyclone that peaked with wind speeds of 127 mph, the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane. The United Nations praised India for its early warning systems and evacuation of more than a million people, which helped minimize the loss of life.

The fifth phase of the Indian election is underway. Seven states are going to the polls. Voter turnout for the first four phases is at 67%. Analysts say it’s due in large part to increased voter turnout by women. Final election results will be announced May 23.

Delta Air Lines is resuming nonstop flights from Mumbai to New York starting in December, nearly a decade after they terminated that route.

And The Kings, a 14 member dance troupe from Mumbai, took home NBC’s World of Dance crown, winning a cool $1 million.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

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WASHINGTON, DC (Diya TV) —   Kirstjen Nielsen, the US Homeland Security Secretary, is stepping down over major differences with the administration on how to implement President Trump’s immigration policies.

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to campaign around the nation to make the case for his re-election in 2020. Over the weekend, he told a Las Vegas crowd India is charging 100% tariffs to the U.S. on many things and he wants to reciprocate. He added the Senate is not doing enough to change what he calls “stupid trade.”

The South Asian Bar Association’s Northern California chapter held their annual fundraising gala, a chance for judges, attorneys and the next generation to network and honor their peers.

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are moving to San Francisco in the fall, so they held their final Bollywood Night in Oakland. We’ll take you behind the scenes and introduce you to a member of the Warriors Dance Team that choreographed an epic Bollywood dance.

And Ravi Ahuja, the former CFO of Fox Networks, is now Walt Disney Television’s CFO and president of business operations.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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University of Houston’s President, Renu Khator joins the NCAA Division I Board

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —  Renu Khator, President & Chancellor of University of Houston, the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the U.S., is joining the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors.

Framroze “Fram” Virjee is now permanent president of the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). He was a private practice lawyer for nearly 30 years before becoming interim CSUF president last year.

Rutgers Law School announced Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and Vanita Gupta, the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division will both be 2019 commencement speakers.

George Jacob, the President & CEO of non-profit Bay.org behind the ambitious Bay Ecotarium, received the 2019 Louie Kamookak Medal from the The Royal Canadian Geographic Society for making Canada’s geography better known to Canadians and to the world.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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