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By Peter Della Penna
The International Cricket Council officially released the schedule on
Monday for the 2011 ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier beginning July 28 in
Dublin, Ireland. According to the ICC media release, Greg Sewdial will
captain the USA U-19 squad in Ireland.
USA will have their hands full immediately when they take on the
hosts on day one of the tournament. Ireland is captained by left-arm
spinner George Dockrell, who has garnered respect worldwide for his
performances at the senior level.
The following day, USA takes on a Papua New Guinea team featuring
seam bowler Raymond Haoda, the leading wicket-taker at the 2010 ICC U-19
World Cup in New Zealand with 15 scalps. They are captained by
Christopher Kent, who played with the senior team against the USA men at
ICC World Cricket League Division Three in Hong Kong last January. PNG
was the first place finisher in the ICC East Asia-Pacific Region
Qualifier in February.
a rest day on July 30, USA must play the first place teams from Africa
and Asia on back to back days. First up is Namibia on July 30 before
they square off against Afghanistan on August 1 on the team’s final day
in Dublin. August 2 is a travel day for all teams as the tournament
shifts northwest to Londonderry in Northern Ireland.
USA plays Scotland on August 3, the top qualifier out of Europe.
Another rest day follows on August 4 before USA commences a grueling
slate of three games in three days against Kenya, Vanuatu and Canada.
Nitish Kumar returns to the Canadian squad after missing out on the ICC
Americas Qualifier in February to travel with the men’s team to India
for the 2011 ICC World Cup.
A final rest day follows on August 8 before USA finishes up the
tournament against Nepal on August 9. The second place finisher out of
Asia features left-arm spinner Rahul Vishvakarma, who took 7 for 15
against the USA men’s team at ICC World Cricket League Division Five in
Nepal last year.
All matches for the tournament are scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m.
local time, 5:45 a.m. EST in the US. Conditions permitting,
DreamCricket.com will provide live coverage for all of the USA U-19
team’s matches at the tournament.
Prior to leaving for Ireland, the USA U-19 squad will be playing four
matches against West Indies U-19 in Florida beginning on Friday July 8
at the Central Broward Regional Park. West Indies U-19 will be captained
by Kraigg Brathwaite who was the second highest scorer at the 2010 ICC
U-19 World Cup in New Zealand with 335 runs. He scored 168 not out in
April against Australia U-19 in a three-day youth Test before making his
Test debut for the West Indies against Pakistan in May. He made his
first-class debut at age 16 for Barbados and has two first-class
centuries to his name.
DreamCricket.com will also provide live coverage for every match
between USA U-19 and West Indies U-19 in Lauderhill on July 8, 10, 12
and 14. Matches are expected to begin at 10 a.m. EST.