USA news September 18, 2013

USA name preliminary squad for World T20 qualifiers


Sushil Nadkarni, who captained USA and was their leading scorer at the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, has not been included in the list of 28 probables for the 2013 ICC World T20 Qualifier scheduled to take place from November 15 to 30 in the UAE. Nadkarni confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that he could not get time off work for the three-week tour. The shortlist, released by the USA Cricket Association, will be further trimmed to 15 for the event.

Three names missing from the USA squad that went 8-0 at the 2013 ICC Americas Division One Twenty20 tournament are Nicholas Standford, Naseer Jamali and Ryan Corns, who was USA's leading wicket-taker at the March event. Standford has had trouble getting time off work in the past while Corns could not afford to miss three weeks of coursework at university.

Two players who could be in line to receive recalls to the national team are pace bowlers Usman Shuja and Imran Awan. Shuja was dropped ahead of ICC World Cricket League Division Three earlier this year in Bermuda while Awan hasn't played for USA since 2010. However, with the retirement of allrounder Timroy Allen after the Bermuda tour, USA lacks experienced pace bowlers and having Shuja and Awan, both 34 years old, return would strengthen the team.

Four players included in the list that have yet to make their USA senior team debuts are Fahad Babar, Srinivasa Santhanam, Asghar Sheikh and Jasdeep Singh. Singh came up on the national radar last year due to performances in the rival American Cricket Federation Twenty20 National Championship, where the seamer completed a hat-trick in one match and took home the tournament's best-bowler award.

The USACA also announced that they will play three T20 practice matches in Florida against Bermuda from October 18 to 21 prior to leaving for the UAE. USA has been placed in Group A at the qualifier along with Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Namibia, Uganda and the UAE. The top six teams in the 16-team tournament will advance to the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

List of probables: Danial Ahmed, Quasen Alfred, Imran Awan, Fahad Babar, Orlando Baker, Barrington Bartley, Adil Bhatti, Akeem Dodson, Karan Ganesh, Muhammad Ghous, Elmore Hutchinson, Ritesh Kadu, Asif Khan, Steve Massiah, Rashard Marshall, Neil McGarrell, Japen Patel, Mital Patel, Timil Patel, Abhimanyu Rajp, Saqib Saleem, Srinivasa Santhanam, Asghar Sheikh, Usman Shuja, Jasdeep Singh, Timothy Surujbally, Ravi Timbawala, Steven Taylor.

Peter Della Penna is a journalist based in New Jersey

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  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    US has enough wonderful talent to make 10 national level teams with quality players.... BUT FIRST.... nepotism has got to go..... then first class level training has to be installed in place and at a reasonable cost... Who says that USA then cannot be on top the World Stage in just a few short years....

  • Android on September 22, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    @anil koshi.. pls dnt say anything if u dont play cric. in usa we hav so many players wait to play only in small leagues in every state we hav so much talent here in usa so pls dnt say anything like tat if u hav no idea wat r u talking abt. thanks no respect for u

  • Anil on September 20, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    Why ICC is wasting money on USA and Canada, only expatriates play cricket in these countries, instead they should focus on Africa, Asia and Europe, countries like Afghanistan, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland, Kenya, Scotland and Holland are much better sides, they do have local talent.. ICC should invest time and money there, USA and Canada rely on borrowed and retired crickets, its a mockery of the game.

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Congrats Abhimanyu Rajp,Imran Awan, Adil Bhatti and Ravi Timbawala wish you guys all the Best...

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Those old guys need to stop being selfish & retire, i'm talking about people like McGarrel, Messiah & so on. and we def have some incompetent selectors here as well.

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    once in America it seem we are our own enemy cricket lover it simple but troubling when we cannot even agree on the leadership of the cricket.met a few of the leader few month ago until we picks player on standards and build the grass root cricket suffer

  • Asad on September 18, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    Cant blame the players. USACA should promote the game at the grassroot levels. Schools and Colleges . Period.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Good to see Neil McGarrell back in the fray.....his experience should be vital especially in this exciting version...

  • Yogesh on September 18, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Yes he could not afford to lose his business as USACA does not take care of their players. They have money to burn on many other unnecessary things but not for players. I don't blame Timroy who is a great person and very humble guy who told the truth to USACA board. Mr. Breazley wants volunteers to work while the Board enjoys the money. They still list 48 teams on their website as members but thats the old list and out of those 48 were disqualified at the election time last year. I will not waste my energy and money for these people. There is no future for USA Cricket untill we go to the grassroot levels by seeding the cricket in young American kids at Elementary level. Its a long term project but the right way to grow home grown cricketers not ex pats who have to take care of family and their jobs while playing cricket for nothing. I don't blame players but instead USACA can spen money to develop cricket infrastructure and local level developments instead wasting money on tournaments.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Timroy Allen has retired? That is a big blow for the US team, serious power hitter, what a pity.

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