New Delhi, Jul 2 : Major League Baseball (MLB) on Tuesday announced the opening of its sixth international office here at the national capital to promote baseball in India.
Speaking at the occasion, former Indian player and Delhi Capitals Assistant Coach, Mohammad Kaif said, ''I am very happy to be associated with Major League Baseball on behalf of the Delhi Capitals. Cricket and baseball have quite a few things in common.''
''Growing up playing cricket, we always knew there was a similar sport played in the United States, but never imagined it would come to India one day. Delhi Capitals is delighted to help support the MLB brand and introduce India to a new sport'', he added.
Million Dollar Arm contest will run from September to December with thousands of participants competing to earn a tryout with a Major League team.
MLB First Pitch, a grassroots program already being used to promote baseball in Mexico and China, will be introduced in India for Primary School Children, in 300 schools across New Dehli, Bangalore and Mumbai.The program creates the first opportunity for students to learn and enjoy the sport through workshops conducted by MLB International coaches.
India On Track (IOT) is also partnering with MLB to expand and market the MLB First Pitch program.
MLB India will have the opportunity to help showcase baseball in the country with a game being broadcast on Facebook each week through the end of the regular season. The games are available to anyone with a Facebook account in any part of the world. (UNI)