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By Peter Della Penna
The inaugural ICC Americas U-17 tournament that was scheduled to be
held in Toronto from July 3-10 has been canceled. ICC Americas Regional
Development Manager Martin Vieira confirmed the news by email. No reason
was given for the cancelation.
Consequently, the first USACA U-17 National Tournament has been
postponed. The tournament was originally scheduled for Memorial Day
weekend, May 27-30, in Orlando, Fla.
“We have not canceled it, we’ve just postponed it,” said USACA
General Manager Manaf Mohamed. “We don’t want it to interfere with
school schedules.” A new date has not been decided, but Mohamed said he
anticipates the tournament will now be held late in the summer.
The USACA Junior Nationals,
the country’s U-19 National Tournament, is yet to have a finalized
date, but it is likely that they will be held in the fall on Columbus
Day weekend, October 7-10, in Los Angeles.
As of now, the first USACA tournament of the year will be the first
ever USACA Men’s Twenty20 Championship. It is scheduled to be held in
Dallas from June 17-20. A format has not been finalized, but Mohamed
hinted that each team could play two matches a day. With all eight
regions participating in the tournament, that could mean a round-robin
style event with every region playing each other followed by a 1st
place, 3rd place, 5th place and 7th place game on the final day.
The event will be used to help pick a team to participate in the ICC
Americas Division One Twenty20 in July. In addition to Canada, the two
next best finishing teams will advance to the 16-team 2012 World
Twenty20 Qualifier in Dubai. Canada automatically qualifies for the 2012
World Twenty20 Qualifier, in addition to Afghanistan, Ireland, Kenya,
Scotland and the Netherlands, by virtue of being an Associate/Affiliate
team with ODI status.
The ICC Americas Division One Twenty20 was originally scheduled to be
held in Toronto, but multiple sources have indicated that it has been
moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. That has yet to be officially confirmed
by ICC Americas.