The ICC has taken a further step to boost the popularity of cricket in the United States by approving the staging of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) matches in America later this year.
The governing body has sanctioned six CPL fixtures to take place in July, with dates and venues yet to be confirmed.
CPL chief executive officer Damien O'Donohoe welcomed the announcement as a "landmark day" for the Twenty20 competition and believes the matches will attract new fans stateside.
"[This] is a landmark day for the CPL and a massive boost for cricket followers across the USA ahead of the CPL player draft in Barbados on Thursday," he said in a statement on the CPL's official website.
"This project has been in discussion for many months and we are grateful to the ICC for supporting this move which enables us to step up our planning and open up opportunities for the cricket-hungry American public.
"The CPL has already had a positive impact in the Caribbean and we are excited about bringing top quality cricket to the USA.
"We are committed to developing the next generation of cricketers and we believe that by exposing the best talent from across the Caribbean and the Americas region in the CPL, we can inspire a new generation of cricketers in the USA."
The ICC's Head of Global Development, Tim Anderson, added: "In partnership with the US cricket community the ICC has recently established a strategic framework for the future development of cricket in the USA.
"The staging of high-level international cricket is a key part of this strategy, therefore we see the approval of several CPL matches in the USA as a positive step forward for all cricket followers in the US."
The ICC has been keen to develop interest in cricket in the USA and last year Australia great Shane Warne and India legend Sachin Tendulkar captained teams in three T20 exhibition fixtures in the Cricket All-Stars Series held in New York, Houston and Los Angeles.