City cancels contract to host cricket tournament

Artist's rendering of the World Sports Park.
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The city of Indianapolis has canceled an agreement to host a national cricket tournament this summer.

City leaders say the success of the U.S. National Cricket Championships at the World Sports Park was jeopardized by inadequate communication with the United States of America Cricket Association.

"Indy greatly values its well-earned reputation of hosting outstanding national and international sporting events. The decision was made to cancel the tournament because factors outside of the city's control were putting our ability to host a successful tournament at risk," Mayor Greg Ballard said in a release. "The City looks forward to helping grow cricket in the United States and also using the World Sports Park to showcase many other great sports such as soccer, rugby and lacrosse."

The city says the decision to cancel the tournament agreement will not impact the development of the Indy World Sports Park. The 40-acre park is being built at the Post Road Community Park on the east side. The $5.1 million park will feature athletic fields to host international sports such as rugby, soccer, hurling, cricket and lacrosse.

Construction of the park is expected to be complete in August.