Many new faces including several promising Under-19 players have been named in the first list of forty probables released on Friday.
The probables will be invited to the selection trials to be held in November in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The selection process is still being finalized and will be announced very soon. For the probables from the four regions that will take part in the National Championship, their performance in the national tournament is expected to be an important factor.
Picture (Right): Ryan Corns of Houston was among the probables
USACA is making arrangements to conduct the National Championship on a natural turf wicket in Fort Lauderdale between November 13-14, 2009. New York, South East, South West and Central East regions will take part in this tournament.
The probables list released yesterday included players from seven of the eight regions that participated in the Eastern and Western Conference tournaments. In addition, the probables include four youngsters who played as part of the Directors XI team in the Eastern Conference.
Manaf Mohamed, USACA's VP of Cricket Operations clarified that the list of probables we released on Friday is based on "performances in the Eastern and Western Conference Championships."
That explains why there were no players from the North Eastern region - that region did not play in the Eastern Conference during 2009. Similarly, players who did not take part in the Conference tournaments, are not in the list of probables. Leaving the door open for exceptionally talented cricketers who did not get a chance to be assessed during the conference tournaments, Mr. Mohamed said: "Other players will be added as they are identified."
It is heartening to see the presence of several next generation cricketers in the list including Ryan Corns, Shiva Vashishat, Hammad Shahid, Gregory Sewdial, Regis Burton, Andrew Ajodhi, Azurdeen Mohamed, Mohammad Ghouse and Abhijit Joshi.
List of Probables:
From the Eastern Conference
Atlantic Region: Durale Forest, Imran Awan, Gowkaran Roopnarine, Mohammad Ghouse, Clain Williams
New York Region: Steve Massiah, Lennox Cush, Sudesh Dhaniram, Carl Wright, Rashard Marshall, Glen Hall, Barrington Bartley, Kevin Darlington
South East Region: Timroy Allen, Nasir Javed, Anand Tummala
Directors XI: Andrew Ajodhi, Azurdeen "Andy" Mohamed, Gregory Sewdial, Regis Burton
From the Western Conference
Central East Region: Shahid Munir, Khawaja Usman Shuja, Amit Kumar, Ashhar Mehdi, Asif Mahmood, Akhil Pathan, Abhijit Joshi
Central West Region: Sushil Nadkarni, Orlando Baker, Rahul Kukreti, Ryan Corns
North West Region: Samarth Shah, Saurabh Verma, Nauman Mustafa, Bilal Khan, Shiva Vashishat
South West Region: Aditya Thyagarajan, Mehul Dave, Ravi Timbawala, Hammad Shahid