|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
Deb K Das
December 13, 2007
Junior cricket is again on the march in the USA. On the heels of the USA Under-17s tour of India, an Under-19s squad put together by the Cricket Academy of New Jersey will be going to India as well.
The tour has the full blessings and enthusiastic support of Hemant Buch, whose organisation has an exclusive contract to conduct all junior tournaments and programs in the USA. "All US cricketers will welcome the Texas Academy's success in putting together an Under-19 team of this calibre", Buch told Cricinfo, noting that most of the players had already performed with distinction in the 2007 US Nationals, and the Americas U-19 tournament where they took top honours. "The more such programs succeed, the better off US cricket will be."
To anyone who is familiar with US junior cricket, the squad is an impressive one. It includes batsmen who are in excellent form, several genuinely fast bowlers, some excellent fielders and a few well-trained spinners. They could give any league team in the USA a run for its money, and that is saying a lot.
The team leaves on Thursday December 20 from New Jersey. Their arrival in Ahmedabad is followed by practice and a couple of rest days, but the pace picks up quickly with a total of nine matches in 11 days. Only the young, it would seem, have the adrenalin to survive such a hectic schedule.
|Comments have now been closed for this article
Also, most brothers in a Test XI, and the fastest to 20 ODI centuries
The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams
Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin
Out of 70 batsmen who've scored 15 or more Test hundreds only five are from Pakistan, but Younis Khan's appetite for hundreds matches that of some of the top contemporary batsmen
Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing
The offspinner was Australia's highest wicket-taker in 2013, but his form has dipped sharply this year
The rate at which Amla has accumulated ODI hundreds and MoM awards is among the fastest in history. And his runs-per-innings figure is easily the best of the lot