Tough itinerary for juniors December 13, 2007

USA Under-19s to tour India


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.

Deb K Das is Cricinfo's correspondent in the USA

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  • coach55 on December 18, 2007, 3:33 GMT

    It is great to see young team going to India for playing cricket, however, we are forgetting we need more domestic competitions, Spending $100,000 on an Indian tour while thrown out of under 19 World Cup is something hard to swallow. The money should be invested on better pitches and facility. Playing on matting pitches and then going to India to play on test standard pitches is no more than a vacation trip for the boys. I do not mean to be negative, but , we need to wake up and do the right thing.

  • Wayne on December 17, 2007, 15:36 GMT

    I think this is a great thing for the U-19 and bravo to the organizers. My only reservation is that none of the U-19'S in South Florida were included which would have truly made it a US National team.

  • LESTER on December 17, 2007, 0:35 GMT

    Good luck to the team in India. However it should be noted that this is not a U.S.A team. It was not selected by national selectors but does include national players from the various regions.. On a different not, if anyone knows of any youth players in NY who would like to try out for the regional team next year 2008 please contact myself Lester Hooper ( Manager of NY Regional team ) or Linden Fraser( Coach of NY Regional team) Once again good luck to the youngsters in India and all the best for the holidays to the rest of you cricket lovers.

  • Deb on December 16, 2007, 21:59 GMT

    I find it interesting that while the U-17s and U-19s are able to stage national tournaments, select top-quality performers from all across the USA in their respective age groups, organize and finance international tours without a penny of help from ICC, the US national team is just sitting around with nothing to do while the higher-ups plead poverty and go on with their endless power struggles. What do the junior cricketers have that their seniors do not? Something to thnk about.

  • Sanjay on December 15, 2007, 16:18 GMT

    To ArunVittala Thank you for providing the details of the U-19 tour, but it also begs a question: is there a Web site which will be carrying the information on the tour, and will regular and detailed reports be available there on the team's progress?I think this should be your first priority, and the URL for the tour web site should be posted as soon as possble on this web site.

  • Deb on December 15, 2007, 8:45 GMT

    To Ashwin-547-- There are in fact several persons from different backgrounds on the team roster--such as South Africa, Australia and England. But your point is well-taken. It is not a matter of ethnicity; rather, the Asians and Caribbeans on the team come from well-developed junior programs and therefore, when it comes to team slection, have built-in advantages over those who do not.

  • Deb on December 15, 2007, 8:31 GMT

    To CricketCoach: Depending on where they go in the USA, I would suggest either the Bay Area where the Calfornia Cricket Academy is located (their URL is, or at the USA Cricket Academy of New Jersey if they are thinking of New York/NJ area. There are several others, but these two seem to me to be best suited to what you are looking for.

  • Arun on December 14, 2007, 16:20 GMT

    The tour was fully organized by USA Cricket Academy from New Jersey by Ashok Patel. The team consists of seveeral Players from New York, New Jersey, Northern and Southern California, and Texas. Most all have played at the highest levels of cricket for their age group and will be playing 8 matches in 11 days and five of the games will be at International Stadiums against very good level of competetion and we are sure that the boys will come back with rich experience to graduate to the Senior level in the months and years to come.

    The Boys are: Akeem Dodson, Ravi Timbawala,Dominic Audain,Dineth Ketoguda,Alexendrino Kirton,Diren Patel, Kartik Vittala, Nisarg Patel,Brijesh Patel, Dhruv Mehra, Arpan Patel, Shalin Naik, Saami Siddiqui, Mathew Hivner, Gregory Sewdial,Anvit Patel. Coach: Chirag Patel, Manager: Ashok Patel, Public Relations Manager: Arun Vittala,

  • Sohrab on December 14, 2007, 10:32 GMT

    With expact of Asian and Carribbean origin it is not hard to believe that a team is good and energetic as far as Cricket is concerned. But it is a sad reality that Cricket in USA is still just an expact's game. Probably, Cricket will never become the heartbeat of the natives and if it could it would have been so when Baseball wasn't there. I was never thrilled to see the Canadian side in the WC now was I when I saw US National in an ODI. When I see an expact from a Cricket mad nation playing for another country it seems like there is more hype and much to wipe.

  • Deb on December 14, 2007, 6:47 GMT

    KalyanBK By policy, Cricinfo typically provides that kind of detail only for first-class matches and tournaments. Space on Cricinfo is always at a premium and that is the reason. A solution to the problem would be for (say) Cricket Academy of NJ to post the details on its own accessible Website, and inform Cricinfo accordingly. Then Cricinfo could supply a summary report, and provide a hyperlink to the detailed narrative.

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