"You'll only learn things if you give them a try," cited Tendulkar who will lead a ten-day, three-city cricket all-star exhibition tour of the US in November with fellow cricket legend Shane Warne of Australia.

"Americans are used to watching baseball, and it's very similar to that," he added.

"If Americans can start coming to the stadium, I wouldn't be surprised to see them following cricket from here on”, former cricketer stated.

The tour's impact, Tendulkar said, will be measured by how many it inspires."I'm not just looking forward to this trip but to my next trip," he stated.

"I would like to see how many more people have picked up a cricket bat alongside a baseball bat. Because that means we left an impression behind. That's something I want to do," he said.

"America will be curious to see what it's like to experience the game of cricket," said Warne.

Tendulkar and Warne will each captain a team consisting of some of the best international players of the past 35 years, in three matches scheduled to be played in US baseball stadiums.

The tour in partnership with US sports marketing company Leverage Agency will feature Twenty20 matches at New York's Citi Field on November 7, Houston's Minute Maid Park on November 11, and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on November 14.

Pakistan's Wasim Akram, South Africa's Shaun Pollock, Brian Lara of Trinidad and Tobago and Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka are among the other all-time greats slated to join the cricket barnstorming tour.

Besides hoping to fill up ballparks, the players plan to conduct clinics in each stop to teach Americans about cricket.

 

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