ICC Champions Trophy September 6, 2004

Reid left stranded by Hurricane Frances

Wisden Cricinfo staff

As if the USA weren't already faced with the daunting prospect of playing one-day internationals against Australia and New Zealand, their preparations for the ICC Champions Trophy have been hampered by Tony Reid, their 42-year-old allrounder, going missing.

With the remainder of the squad in London, a report in today's Guardian revealed that Reid is stranded in Florida as Hurricane Frances wends its way across the state. With much of the area's infrastructure ravaged by the hurricane, there are serious doubts as to whether Reid will make it to the UK in time for Friday's first game against New Zealand at The Oval.

"Three of us left Florida just in time and we drove eight hours to Atlanta to catch a plane to England, but Tony had just returned from Jamaica and wasn't prepared," Faoud Bacchus, the USA coach, told The Guardian . "He won't get out. The airports are still closed, phone lines are down, there might be no electricity and even if you could drive a car, you will struggle to get some gas. He will have to sit tight for at least another 36 hours. We're not confident that he will be here by the weekend."