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By Peter Della Penna (on Twitter)
USACA announced on Wednesday that former India international Robin Singh has been reappointed to coach the USA men’s squad in the 2013 ICC Americas Division One Twenty20 tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from March 18-25. Singh has been coaching USA’s national teams on a tournament-by-tournament contract basis since the 2011 ICC Americas U-19 Division One tournament.
“These tournaments present another great opportunity for the players to take US cricket one step closer to the top after a successful campaign in Malaysia,” Singh stated in a USACA press release. “We are in our own backyard and cannot ask for a better setting than South Florida at this time of year. The players must enjoy the game, go out and display their skills consistently without fear. It is a well balanced team with some young and exciting players. We must play like champions and I expect the team to go all the way.”
USACA has not announced a 14-man squad for the tournament. However, it is expected that few changes will be made from the team that finished second at 2012 ICC World Cricket League Division Four in Malaysia last September. It is possible though that work availability may affect the participation for some players due to the proximity of this event to the 2013 ICC WCL Division Three tournament which runs from April 28-May 5 in Bermuda.
The team Singh will be coaching will encounter a new format in this year’s ICC Americas T20 event. According to an ICC Americas spokesperson, the tournament will be a double round-robin event beginning on March 18 and ending on March 25. That means eight matches per team will be squeezed into eight days. An official schedule has not yet been released, but in a five-team event – the competing teams are Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Suriname and USA – it is more than likely that teams could be playing two matches per day on certain days.
This year’s tournament will utilize both Brian Piccolo Park and the Central Broward Regional Park as venues. In the 2011 ICC Americas Division One Twenty20, only Central Broward Regional Park was used as a venue which meant trying to squeeze three matches in per day. By the fourth day of matches, the wicket had slowed down considerably.
At the conclusion of the tournament, Bermuda will remain in Florida to play three 50-over matches against the USA which will serve as preparation for 2013 ICC WCL Division Three. The three matches between USA and Bermuda will be played on March 26, 28 and 29. There has been no announcement as to which venue will host the 50-over games.