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By Peter Della Penna (on Twitter)
Cricket Canada has announced that Rizwan Cheema will lead a 13-man squad to tour Florida for The 2012 Auty Cup series against the USA from November 14-17 at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill. According to the Cricket Canada web site, the tour will consist of a two-day match on November 14 and 15, a 50-over match on November 16 and two T20s on November 17.
Besides Cheema, the squad includes six other players who were part of Canada's squad in March at the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE, including hard hitting openers Ruvindu Gunasekera and Hiral Patel. USACA has yet to announce a squad for the event.
The Auty Cup multi-day match was resumed in 2011 after a 16-year hiatus. Canada defeated an understrength USA squad by 34 runs in the two-day match in Toronto last summer as part of the Etihad Summer Cricket Festival. USA and Canada played the first ever international cricket match in New York in 1844 and the two countries share a lengthy history together.
Canada Squad for The Auty Cup tour November 14-17: Rizwan Cheema (captain), Khurram Chohan, Daesrath Damodar, Jeremy Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Jimmy Hansra, Usman Limbada, Henry Osinde, Hiral Patel, Raza-Ur-Rehman, Junaid Siddiqui, Hamza Tariq, Srimantha Wijeratne.