"If we could knock them off it would be a big win for us. It would be a morale booster for us given they have beaten us for the last couple of years. It would be an extra boost for us at the start of a big event like this."
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USA's opening match against Canada is among the sixteen matches from the group stages of the ICC World T20 Qualifier tournament will be live-streamed on the ICC’s official website, www.icc-cricket.com.
Coverage begins at 5:00 AM Eastern and can be accessed by clicking here: http://www.icc-cricket.com/
Ball by Ball here: http://www.icc-cricket.com/match/worldt20q-2013/21
USA is led by the experienced Neil McGarrell, who represented West Indies internationally and served as the captain of Guyana. Muhammad Ghous, Timroy Allen, Steven Taylor are expected to play a key role.
Canada features a mixture of youth and experience, including the returning captain, Ashish Bagai, who had a brief spell out of the game. Among the other players to keep an eye out for in the Canadian squad is Jeremy Gordon, the fast bowler who previously represented Guyana.
Speaking about the opening match against Canada, McGarrell said: “Our rivalry with Canada is very friendly as we play each other every year and know most of their players."
“We take it in turns to play home and away, so the rivalry is normally very friendly. But this tournament will be a different occasion with a place in the ICC World T20 to fight for so I guess all will be on the line come that first match.
“If we could knock them off it would be a big win for us. It would be a morale booster for us given they have beaten us for the last couple of years. It would be an extra boost for us at the start of a big event like this.”
Canada: Ashish Bagai, Jimmy Hansra, Harvir Baidwan, Damodar Daesrath, Abzal Dean, Jeremy Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Hamza Tariq, Junaid Siddiqui, Kenneth Kamyuka, Henry Osinde, Hiral Patel, Raza-ur-Rehman, Rizwan Cheema, Usman Limbada.
United States of America: Neil McGarrell, Timroy Allen, Orlando Baker, Barrington Bartley, Danial Ahmed, Akeem Dodson, Fahad Babar, Karan Ganesh, Elmore Hutchinson, Imran Awan, Muhammad Ghous, Japen Patel, Adam Sanford, Srinivasa Santhanam, Steven Taylor.