USA to hold five-day camp in Indianapolis ahead of WCL Division Four
USA are set to hold a five-day camp in Indianapolis from September 17-21 as part of their preparations for ICC WCL Division Four in October
USA are set to hold a five-day camp in Indianapolis from September 17-21 as part of their preparations for ICC WCL Division Four in October.
The camp will take place at the Indianapolis World Sports Park, which hosted the 2015 ICC Americas Division One Championship as well as the inaugural ICC Americas Combine in September 2015
, when nearly 100 players around the region trialed for spots in a final 15-man squad
that went to Trinidad & Tobago for January's Nagico Super50 competition.
USA will also host a Marylebone Cricket Club side in Indianapolis for a pair of 50-over matches on September 17 and 18, part of a six-match MCC tour of America. It marks the MCC's first men's tour to the USA since 2010 and coincides with the inaugural MCC Women's tour to the USA and Canada.
After the two matches against the MCC, the USA squad will have three days of practices and intra-squad matches, before the selection of a final 14-man squad for the ICC WCL Division Four - squads are due for submission to the ICC 30 days before the start of the tournament - being played in Los Angeles beginning October 29. USA will be competing with Bermuda, Denmark, Italy, Jersey and Oman for a top-two promotion spot into WCL Division Three as part of the qualification pathway to the 2019 World Cup in England.
According to an ICC Americas official involved with the organisation of the camp, 20 players are scheduled to be invited to Indianapolis, from the 30-man squad that flew to Florida in July
for USA's initial seven-day camp to kick off preparations for Division Four. That camp coincided with six Caribbean Premier League matches in Florida and included a T20 contest
between a USA XI and a CPL Invitational XI.
Though the list of 20 names invited to the camp hasn't been released, one confirmed change is the absence of David Pieters
. The fast bowler from San Diego suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee during a 50-over intra-squad trial match and required surgery that will keep him out of action until the end of September. Though he will be healthy in time for Division Four in October, his chances of being selected are remote with the new USA selection panel putting an emphasis on proving fitness at the upcoming Indianapolis camp.
A new USA men's coach is likely to be announced before next Friday when the MCC tour begins in New York. Sources have indicated the coach will be in place to observe USA players who will be participating in matches against the MCC touring side in New York on September 10 and 11, as well as to lead the team at the five-day camp in Indianapolis.
Former Nepal coach Pubudu Dassanayake
is a leading candidate for the position, having been shortlisted as a finalist in July
. Dassanayake was present in Florida during USA's last seven-day squad camp, acting as a guest coach during the intra-squad matches. He also traveled to St Vincent in August to coach the combined ICC Americas U-19 squad, which competed in the WICB regional U-19 50-over tournament.