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By Peter Della Penna (on Twitter)
USACA has added four more players to its squad for The 2012 Auty Cup, bringing the roster from 14 to 18 players for the four days of matches against Canada at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida, beginning with the two-day Auty Cup match on November 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Headlining the list of players added are 40-year-old Neil McGarrell, who played four Tests for the West Indies in 2001, and 26-year-old William Perkins, who played one Twenty20 International for the West Indies in 2008. USACA had attempted to pick McGarrell for their squad to 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Three in Hong Kong, but their selection was nixed by the ICC after he was ruled ineligible for failing to complete the minimum four-year residency requirement.
Perkins has previous ties to US Cricket, having spent some time training with Ashok Patel’s US Cricket Academy teams out of New Jersey in the mid 2000s. He allegedly turned down an opportunity to be part of USA’s 2006 ICC U-19 World Cup squad and instead represented the West Indies U-19 team in the event, scoring 133 against the USA in Sri Lanka. He continues to represent Trinidad & Tobago in Twenty20 cricket, but has struggled to get opportunities with T & T’s 50-over and first-class teams. His last four-day match for T & T came in 2010 and he has only played seven career first-class games for them since making his first-class debut in 2007.
The other two players to be added are Karan Ganesh and Mital Patel. Ganesh plays for Everest/ACS in the Eastern American Cricket Association alongside former USA U-19 captain Greg Sewdial. He took 3 for 6 in two overs and also scored 38 on Sunday at the USACA National Championship 50-over trial match.
Image (right) - Mital Patel with the match ball after taking 6 for 35, including a hat-trick, against Afghanistan U-19 in Dublin at the 2011 ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier. [Courtesy: Peter Della Penna/DreamCricket.com]
Patel was part of the USA U-19 squad in Ireland for the 2011 ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier. He received the DreamCricket.com New Inning Foundation Individual Performance of the Year Award after taking a hat-trick and finishing with 6 for 35 against Afghanistan U-19, record bowling figures for a USA junior player. He bowled 7 overs and took 0 for 50 on Sunday in the USACA National Championship 50-over trial match. He is currently studying and playing cricket at MS University in Baroda, India.
No captain has been named for the USA team, which will be coached by Thiru Kumaran in Florida. Nasir “Charlie” Javed is serving as USA’s bowling coach and Shoaib Ahmed the team manager. Robin Singh is listed on a team info sheet as a high performance consultant with Akhtar Masood Syed the team physio.
Live video for every day of matches during Canada’s tour of Florida is being driven by Cricket Canada through a partnership with CBC Sports. A stream can be found at www.cbcsports.ca beginning at 9:30 a.m.
USA squad for the 2012 Auty Cup: Danial Ahmed, Barrington Bartley, Adil Bhatti, Ryan Corns, Karan Ganesh, Adrian Gordon, Naseer Jamali, Neil McGarrell, Andy Mohammed, Japen Patel, Mital Patel, Timil Patel, William Perkins, Hammad Shahid, Saami Siddiqui (wk), Nicholas Standford, Timothy Surujbally, Steven Taylor (wk).