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By Peter Della Penna
The inaugural USACA Twenty20 championship will now take place from
June 17-19 in Dallas instead of 17-20 as was previously reported.
According to tournament director Ramesh Thyagarajan of the North Texas
Cricket Association, the tournament will take place at Russell Creek
Park in the northern suburb of Plano with all eight teams playing
simultaneously on four grounds located at the park.
The move to cut the tournament by a day was reportedly done as a
cost-cutting measure. Thyagarajan has said that the tournament will be
staged with an Eastern and Western Conference group round-robin format
over the first two days.
On Friday June 17, each team will play two matches followed by a
final group match on Saturday June 18. On Sunday June 19, the first
place team from the Western Conference will play the first place team
from the Eastern Conference for the tournament title. Corresponding
second, third and fourth place teams in each conference will also play a
third place, fifth place and seventh place match.
In related news, USACA General Manager Manaf Mohamed said last week
that USACA would look to hold a training camp, most likely on July 9 and
10, for players selected from the USACA Twenty20 championship to
represent USA at the ICC Americas Division One Twenty20 championship in
Florida from July 17-24.
As for the U-19 team, Mohamed said that since there will not be a
domestic national tournament held prior to the team’s participation in
the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier in Ireland, USACA will likely hold a
training camp on June 11 and 12 to help select a final squad. Mohamed
anticipates that 20 players will be invited – the 14-man squad that won
the ICC Americas U-19 championship in February as well as six other
contenders decided by selectors – before a final squad is picked to go
ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier will take place from July 28-August 9 with
matches to be played in Dublin and Derry. According to one source, the
ten participating teams will each play their first four matches in
Dublin before the tournament shifts northwest to Derry in Northern
Ireland for the final five days of group play. The top six teams will
advance to the 2012 ICC U-19 World Cup in Australia.