Indian American Physicians Laud And Support Indian Cricket Teams

Feature and Cover Indian American Physicians Laud And Support Indian Cricket Teams

“It was indeed a historic moment, as the United States Cricket Team led by Captain Monank Patel of Indian origin pulled off a sensational victory against Pakistan, winning by 5 runs in a Super Over during the T20 World Cup on Thursday, June 6th, 2024 at the Grand Prairie Stadium on Long Island, NY,” said Dr. Anjana Samadder, President of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) here.

As Team India, led by Rohit Sharma will play chief rival Pakistan in a group-stage game at the ICC Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday, June 9, 2024, Dr. Samadder along with a large number of Indian American Physicians has come down to New York to be part of and expressing their support for the Indian Team.

The marquee clash, and all games in the ongoing tournament, are being played in the “Twenty20” (T20) format—which is both the youngest and shortest version of international cricket and matches usually lasting around three-and-a-half hours long.

As the India Team is scheduled to take on Pakistan, the match between the arch-rivals is expected to be one of the most-watched sporting events of the year, and the sportsman spirit among Physicians of Indian Origin will come alive as hundrteds of them have come down to New York today to be part iof the annual General Body Meeting of AAPI and thereafter, to watch the game in person at the Stadium.

While the United States Cricket Team that has a large number of players of Indian origin has caused a massive upset in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, stunning former champions Pakistan by five runs in a Super Over after their encounter ended in a tie at the Grand Prairie Stadium here.

This was the USA’s second victory in Group A after they started with a win against Canada in the tournament lung-opener on June 1. Pakistan lost their first match and will take on arch-rivals India on Sunday in New York. This win marks the USA’s second triumph in Group A, showcasing the team’s growing prowess on the international stage. Led by an eclectic mix of domestic talent and experienced international players, the USA squad is rapidly becoming a formidable force in world cricket.

The 55 games are being played across six venues in the West Indies (Kensington Oval, Barbados; Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad; Providence Stadium, Guyana; Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua; Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St Lucia; Arnos Vale Stadium, St Vincent) and three venues in the USA (Eisenhower Park, New York; Lauderhill, Florida; and Grand Prairie, Texas).

The 2024 T20 World Cup are being contested by 20 teams – an increase from the 16 that took part in the 2022 tournament in Australia – split into four groups of five each. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super 8 round, in which the teams will be further divided into two groups of four each: A1, B2, C1 and D2 in one group, and A2, B1, C2 and D1 in the other group. The group stage will run from June 1 to 18, and the Super 8 round from June 19 to 24 entirely in the West Indies. The top two teams in each Super 8 group will then qualify for the semi-finals.

England are the defending champions, having beaten Pakistan in the 2022 T20 World Cup final in Melbourne. Canada, USA and Uganda will be making their first appearance at a Men’s T20 World Cup.

The tournament, which is being co-hosted by USA and the West Indies, began on June 1, with USA playing Canada in Dallas, and will end with the final on June 29 in Barbados. The semi-finals are scheduled for June 26 in Guyana and June 27 in Trinidad.

The growing influence of physicians of Indian heritage is evident, as increasingly physicians of Indian origin hold critical positions in healthcare, academic, research, and administrative positions across the nation. We the physicians of Indian origin are proud of our great achievements and contributions to our motherland, India, our adopted land, the US, and in a very significant way to the transformation of Indo-US relations.

Serving 1 in every 7 patients in the US, AAPI members care for millions of patients every day. At the same time, several of them have risen to hold high-flying jobs, shaping the policies, programs, and inventions that shape the landscape of healthcare in the US and around the world.

“Since its inception in 1982, AAPI has been at the forefront, representing a conglomeration of more than 125,000 practicing physicians in the United States, seeking to be the united voice for the physicians of Indian origin,” said Dr. Anjana Samadder. For more details about AAPI, please visit: www.appiusa,org

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