USA news June 21, 2013

Steven Taylor to captain USA for Canada tour

Steven Taylor, who earlier in June was named the USA Under-19 captain for the ICC Americas Division One U-19 tournament in Canada from July 8-14, will lead the senior team back to Canada for a second tour later in the month. Taylor, 19, is the youngest player picked in the USA senior team and will captain a 14-member squad against Canada as USA tries to regain the Auty Cup, a trophy awarded to the winner of a two-day match recognising the rivalry between the two countries that stretches back to 1844, the oldest rivalry in international cricket.

Taylor is one of only four players from the squad that participated at the ICC World Cricket League Division Three in Bermuda last April and May who will be traveling to Canada for a tour which includes the two-day match, a 50-over contest and a pair of Twenty20 matches to be played from July 25-28. The other three players - Akeem Dodson, Danial Ahmed and Naseer Jamali - were reserve players on the tour to Bermuda with Ahmed and Jamali only playing the third-place playoff after USA fell short of clinching a spot at the 2014 ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand.

A USACA press release stated that several first-choice players were unavailable to tour Canada due to work commitments. Among those are regular 50-over captain Steve Massiah and vice-captain Sushil Nadkarni as well as Orlando Baker, who captained USA's Twenty20 team to an undefeated tournament title at the 2013 ICC Americas Division One Twenty20 tournament in March.

It opens the door for eight players to earn a recall to the senior team. Two other players, batsman Ravi Timbawala and fast bowler Mohammad Usman Rehman, have been selected for their first senior team tour. Both players previously represented USA at the 2006 U-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka along with Dodson and spinner Abhimanyu Rajp. The matches are USA's last international assignment ahead of the 2013 World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE.

"This is a relatively young group of players and I want them to go out onto the field confident that they can win this tournament and play fearless cricket," USA coach Robin Singh was quoted in the press release. "I am also excited to see how the young group of bowlers stand up to tough challenges when their skills are tested both mentally and physically."

Squad: Steven Taylor (captain), Danial Ahmed, Ryan Corns, Akeem Dodson, Karan Ganesh, Adrian Gordon, Naseer Jamali, Mital Patel, Timil Patel, Abhimanyu Rajp, Mohammad Usman Rehman, Nicholas Standford, Timothy Surujbally, Ravi Timbawala

Peter Della Penna is a journalist based in New Jersey

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  • Raju on June 21, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    inexperienced squad??? its better to have it this way. What has the experienced squad achieved in so many years??

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    I am so very hopeful that USACA brings BIG cricket into the US. Once we prove that we can play international level cricket, sponsors would turn to us.

    The world is waiting for cricket to become big in US and it is just matter of time....I am looking forward to it!!!

  • Madurai on June 21, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    @A-Gunnie It is not a major sport in the US, so who is going to pay for it. Even if the south Asian population (and some WI population) fill the stadium, it is not going to pull a major viewership from t.v. US have too much sport already, even soccer is not that popular. So for now this is the way it has to be, hopefully the T20 format will pick up so interest.

  • A-Gunnie on June 21, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    There's a bigger issue here.....the reason for the main players not coming is " work commitment" .These guys should have contracts and playing for their country at an international level should be jobs itself like every other major sport.It's a pity!!

  • Erfan on June 21, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Congratulations Karan! Go and express your talent.

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Why no Cameron Mirza? Good to see Adrian Gordon back though

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