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USA Cricket: ICC names USA Men's National Selection Panel

2016 Jul 09 by DreamCricket USA

In a media release issued on June 23, the ICC announced the USA Men's National Selection Panel.  Tim Anderson, Head of Global Development, ICC, noted: "I’m pleased to advise that the standard of applications received was very high, and after consultation with various individuals from within the USA cricket community, the men’s panel can now be announced as follows: Ricardo Powell ­– Chairman, Amer Afzaluddin, Asif Mujtaba, Barney Jones, Michael Voss." 

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In a media release issued on June 23, the ICC announced the USA Men's National Selection Panel.  Tim Anderson, Head of Global Development, ICC, noted: "I’m pleased to advise that the standard of applications received was very high, and after consultation with various individuals from within the USA cricket community, the men’s panel can now be announced as follows: Ricardo Powell ­– Chairman, Amer Afzaluddin, Asif Mujtaba, Barney Jones, Michael Voss." 

Ricardo Powell (37), based in Tennessee, played 109 ODIs and 2 Tests for the West Indies, has the highest strike rate among West Indies batsmen with 2000 or more ODI runs.  As someone who was in and out of the team a lot, nobody knows better than Powell about the importance of consistent selection practices.

Asif Mujtaba (based in Texas) played 25 Tests and 66 ODIs for Pakistan is a youth coach in Dallas.  Mujtaba has been outspoken about his views on what ails US cricket.  In an ESPNCricinfo interview last year, he said: "There needs to be a plan and structure. With all the talent there is in USA, they should not be playing in Division Three or Four. I have seen the teams in Division Three. USA has more talent but the other teams are very organised.  In one year USA will pick one group of players and then the next tournament the team is totally changed. How can you build a team? There's no team chemistry." 

Amer Afzaluddin (based in Michigan) represented the USA between 2000 and 2004.  U.S. born Afzaluddin started his USA cricket career as an U19 player and successfully transitioned to the national side, a perspective that the selection panel will benefit from greatly.  Michael Voss played 19 first class matches for Western Province in South Africa and is now based in Los Angeles, while Barney Jones (from Florida) has significant domestic cricket experience in the USA, having previously been a national selector for 6 years.

The panel, which will be coordinated by ICC Americas Cricket Manager, Tom Evans, will initially have the responsibility to select USA representative squads and teams at both U-17 and senior men’s levels.  Anderson noted that a further announcement about the women’s selection panel will be made in July.

Anderson also noted that that the selection panels and the policies that will guide their work are only temporary, and will be reviewed in 2017 once greater clarity about the national governance of cricket in the USA has been achieved.  He reiterated that these measures were in line with the ICC Board’s position that despite USACA’s suspension, cricket players within the USA should not suffer and USA national representative teams should not be denied any participation opportunities.