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By Peter Della Penna
The inaugural USACA Twenty20 Nationals has been shifted from Dallas
to New Jersey according to USACA General Manager Manaf Mohamed. The
event will still be held on the same dates, June 17-19, but it means
that the Atlantic Region now has three weeks to prepare for hosting the
“We were unable to come to an agreement on a final budget with the
[Central West] region,” said Mohamed by telephone on Wednesday
afternoon. Mohamed said that the decision to move the tournament to New
Jersey was made by USACA President Gladstone Dainty.
However, an anonymous source close to the situation claims that
Dainty made the decision to take the tournament out of the Central West
Region as “retribution” for internal division within the USACA board. A
surfaced on May 13 which described opposing factions over the manner in
which four people were appointed from USACA to the Cricket Holdings
America LLC board.
players have been invited to participate in a training camp from June
11-12 in New York which will help decide the final 14-man squad going to
Ireland for the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier in July. Mohamed says that
USA U-19 coach Robin Singh will not be present for the camp and that it
will be run by USA selectors Sew Shivnarine, Sunny Khan and Abrar
Eight players who were not part of the USA U-19 squad that won the
ICC Americas U-19 title in February received invites in addition to 12
of the 14 players who were part of the championship squad. According to
Mohamed, USA U-19 captain Abhijit Joshi and fast bowler Mital Patel will
not be attending the camp as they are both currently training in India.
Five of the eight players who have been invited to the camp – Sohaib
Choudhry, Prashanth Nair, Krish Goel, Akash Jagannathan and Amarnauth
Persaud – were also invited to a January selection camp prior to the
selection of the team for the ICC Americas U-19 tournament in February
but did not make the final squad. Jasdeep Singh and Prumjot Panesar are
getting their first opportunity to try out for the team.
The remaining invite was given to Greg Sewdial, who will be
attempting to force his way back into the USA U-19 squad for Ireland
after an extended layoff from cricket. Sewdial was the vice-captain and
leading scorer for USA at the 2010 ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand,
but is trying to overcome a career threatening ankle injury that
required a pair of surgeries in May and December of last year.
Mohamed also revealed that USACA is trying to negotiate a series of
matches between USA U-19 and West Indies U-19 to be played in Florida.
The target date for the matches is between July 6 and 16, prior to the
USA U-19 team’s departure for Ireland. If a series can be organized
between those dates, the USA U-19 team would remain in Florida for a few
more days of training before leaving from Miami for Dublin on July 19.
The ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier begins on July 28.
Players invited to USA U-19 selection camp by region (ICC Americas U-19 champion squad members in bold)
Atlantic: Kalim Ahmed
, Waleed Javed Karimullah
, Jasdeep Singh
Central East: Fahad Babar
, Sohaib Choudhry
Central West: None
New York: Cameron Mirza
, Prashanth Nair, Amarnauth Persaud, Greg Sewdial, Trevor Singh
North East: None
North West: Krish Goel, Akash Jagannathan (wk), Prumjot Panesar, Jodhbir Singh
, Pranay Suri
South East: Steven Taylor (wk)
South West: Shayan Abdulghani
, Salman Ahmad
, Gurpreet Sandhu
, Hammad Shahid