February 20, 2010

ICC World Cricket League Division Five

'They tried hard but our plans worked for us'

George Binoy

Lennox Cush, USA

I think we had a good day today where we played to our plan – we wanted to go out there and make at least 300 and that’s something that we did do. The score may say that Fiji were a weak side but I wouldn’t say that – they tried hard but our plans worked out for us.

We have to play every game with the same mentality and treat it as though it were a final, which is what we did today.

It was good to make a half-century with my first innings of the tournament, but I know I can do better as I am in good nick at the moment after scoring 95 here, in Nepal, during our warm-up match last week against one of the local sides.

I feel as a side we need to find at least one of our top four who can go right through and make it into triple figures, and I hope that's something we can accomplish this tournament.

I don’t think we were tested enough today – I think that will come on another day – quite possibly from the Nepal side, who are the hosts, but again we can’t take anyone for granted in the tournament.

It was a nice atmosphere at the ground and there were few USA supporters down there, which is always nice to see, and everyone was very amicable.

I was surprised to find out that some of the teams have been checking out my statistics – coming prepared on how I play. It was something I didn’t expect and now I need to start doing some more research myself on some of the players I am due to come up against.

I didn’t get a chance to go to the opening ceremony last night as I wasn’t feeling too well. I am still a bit disappointed about that as I heard it was cool and that the prime minister of Nepal came to launch the tournament. Hopefully they’ll be another opportunity for me to experience some of Nepal’s hospitality later on this week.

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Posted by Ibus on (February 22, 2010, 2:34 GMT)

I know you are smart cricketer and part of developing into a better cricketer is preparation. Physical, Psychological, Mental are some of the areas one work on when playing sport at the highest level. Your experience shoulders are needed for some of the younger players to emulate. I listed Psychological and mental separately, because I want you to look at them both similarly and yet differently. Psychological being emotional and mental, and mental being rational and intellectual yet it can be physical too. So you see all facet of preparation are cohesive [interconnected]. Do your best! We all believe in your ability.

Posted by Sanjeev Lama on (February 21, 2010, 7:53 GMT)

Truly speaking, I consider your team as the odds-on favorite to win this tournament. Having seen the performances of the other teams so far, I reckon it is going to be tussle among 3 teams (USA, Singapore, Nepal) for the top 2 slots unless some extraordinary performances and unexpected results come about. Having started your campaign in a smashing manner, I wish best of the luck for the remaining matches and wonderful stay in our country

Posted by vivek on (February 21, 2010, 4:40 GMT)

go team usa wana see you guys in div-4 soon

Posted by Nat Griffith on (February 20, 2010, 21:17 GMT)

So you are blogging now. I want to read that you are making some meaningful scores you are capable of bigger scores go out there concentrate and do it. Sorry to read you were not well hope you are feeling better now. I think the teams you guys are playing should not be too dificult for your team to defeat so go ahead and do it. Say hello to Darlo for me please and I will be following th e team's progress.

Posted by Harmeet on (February 20, 2010, 18:14 GMT)

When ur playing for USA do u play cuz u want to play international cricket or do u play with pride for the USA ?...jus askin about players patriotism:)

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George Binoy
Assistant Editor After a major in Economics and nine months in a financial research firm, George realised that equity, capital and the like were not for him. He decided that he wanted to be one of those lucky few who did what they love at work. Alas, his prodigious talent was never spotted and he had to reconcile himself to the fact that he would never earn his money playing cricket for his country, state or even district. He jumped at the opportunity to work for ESPNcricinfo and is now confident of mastering the art of office cricket

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