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The USA Cricket Association yesterday announced the squad that will
represent the USA at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas
Region Division 1 Under-19 tournament scheduled for February 6 to 13,
2011 at Brian Piccolo and Central Broward Regional Parks, in
Lauderhill, FL. The winner and runner-up teams from the ICC Americas
tournament will qualify to participate in the ICC Under-19 World Cup
Qualifier Tournament, scheduled for Ireland, in July 2011.
The team was selected from among the boys invited to a selection
camp that took place in Florida on January 22 and 23. As expected,
four players – Salman Ahmad, Abhijit Joshi, Hammad Shahid and Steven
Taylor - who represented USA at the 2010 U-19 World Cup in New Zealand
are part of the squad.
Pranay Suri, who took eight wickets in two games at trial matches
played in Los Angeles last month including 5 for 28 against South East
was also an easy choice. So was Jodhbir Singh, his teammate from North
West. Spin bowlers Shayan Abdulghani and Gurpreet Sandhu from South
West have both been picked.
Opening batsman Fahad Babar was picked from the Central East along
with captain Abhijit Joshi. Also selected were Trevor Singh and
Cameron Mirza from New York. From Atlantic, allrounders Kalim Ahmed
and Waleed J Karimullah made the team. Atlantic allrounder Mital
Patel, who was not among the original list of invitees to the Florida
camp is also in the squad.
Mital Patel's name was among those suggested by his region for
invitation to the Florida camp. However, his name was not in the
original list issued by USACA. According to a USACA board member
reached by DreamCricket.com, Mital Patel was scouted by coach Sew
Shivnarine during a practice session held at a New York indoor
facility. Upon Shivnarine's request, USACA made a decision to
accommodate Mital in the Florida camp. Once in Florida, Mital
impressed the selectors and was unanimously selected, the board member
to one source, the Florida camp was expanded from the original list
published on January 8th and Mital was not the only one to be
accommodated. However, the USACA General Manager did not respond to
an email regarding additional invitees.
Separately, USACA announced that Mumbai Indians coach Robin Singh
(right) has been tapped as a national USA coach replacing Sew
Shivnarain. Robin Singh, born in Trinidad and Tobago, spent most of
his cricketing career in India, playing in 1 Test and 136 ODIs for that
In a media release, USACA noted that Robin Singh's role may
eventually be expanded to include coaching USA national teams in other
upcoming ICC sanctioned tournaments. Robin Singh coached Deccan
Chargers in the inaugural IPL tournament and has helped the India
national team as a specialist fielding coach. Singh is not a stranger
to cricket in USA, having played for New Jersey Fire team in the
inaugural edition of the Pro Cricket League.
USA U-19 Squad:
Salman Ahmad, Abhijit Joshi (Captain), Hammad Shahid, Steven Taylor
(Vice-Captain, Wkpr), Pranay Suri, Gurpreet Sandhu, Shayan Abdul Ghani,
Fahad Babar, Trevor Singh, Cameron Mirza, Kalim Ahmed, Waleed J.
Karimullah, Jodhbir Singh, Mital Patel.
Reserves: Sohaib Choudhry, Krishneal Goel, Akash Jagannathan and Amarnauth Persaud.
Coach: Robin Singh