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By Peter Della Penna (on Twitter)
USA begins next week’s 2013 ICC Americas Division One Twenty20 tournament with two matches on the opening day in a packed schedule in which the five competing teams will each play eight matches inside of seven days spanning from March 18-24 at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill and Brian Piccolo Park in Cooper City, Florida. Four of the five teams in the tournament – Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and USA – will have one off day inside of the seven days of matches. The only team that does not have a scheduled day off is Suriname but they only have one match day where they have two matches to play on the same day whereas the other four teams are scheduled to have two days inside the seven-day schedule in which they’ll have to play a morning and an afternoon match on the same day.
DreamCricket.com will have live text commentary coverage for all of USA’s matches from Florida at the 2013 ICC Americas Division One Twenty20 tournament, beginning on March 18 when the hosts kick off the tournament at the Central Broward Regional Park against Cayman Islands at 10 a.m. before taking on Suriname at the same venue at 3 p.m. USA returns to the same facility on March 19 at 3 p.m. to play Bahamas, which gained promotion from ICC Americas Division Two in February. USA completes the first phase of the double round-robin event by going up against Bermuda at 3 p.m. on March 20 at the Central Broward Regional Park.
USA begins round two with a 10 a.m. fixture against Suriname at the Central Broward Regional Park on March 21. The most grueling day of the tourney for USA arrives on March 22 when USA plays Bahamas at 10 a.m. at the Central Broward Regional Park, then has to drive to Brian Piccolo Park to face Bermuda at 3 p.m. It will be USA’s seventh game in five days.
Although Bermuda has a 10 a.m. match against Cayman Islands at Brian Piccolo Park on March 22 ahead of their afternoon showdown with USA, Bermuda has the advantage of having their scheduled off day for the tournament the day before on March 21. As a result, Bermuda may be fresher than USA in the final matchup between the two highest ranked sides in the event.
March 23 is a scheduled off day for USA before they return to the stadium on March 24 for their final scheduled fixture against Cayman Islands. March 25 is currently scheduled as a rain/reserve day to make up any fixtures affected by weather. If there are no weather interruptions during the tournament, Cayman Islands will play Suriname in a 50-over match at the Central Broward Regional Park on March 25 before Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Suriname depart Florida on March 26.
On March 26, USA and Bermuda will begin their three-match 50-over series at Brian Piccolo Park. March 27 is listed as a rain/reserve date in case of any weather interruptions. On March 28, USA and Bermuda continue their 50-over series at the Central Broward Regional Park before returning for the third and final game at the same venue on March 29. All three matches are scheduled for a 10 a.m. start. Both teams will then depart Florida on March 30.
USA and Bermuda are using the 50-over contests against each other as match practice ahead of 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three, which will take place in Bermuda from April 28-May 5. Bermuda, Italy, Nepal, Oman, Uganda and USA will duke it out for two spots available at the 2014 ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand. In addition to the two spots available for promotion into that event, an increase in ICC funding grants is also at stake.
USA also has the opportunity to parlay a spot at the 2014 ICC World Cup Qualifier into securing top 6 Associate and Affiliate ODI status and a place in the next edition of the ICC Intercontinental Cup, the premier multi-day cricket tournament for Associate and Affiliate teams. USA participated in the inaugural Intercontinental Cup in 2004 but was barred from participating in the 2005 edition while under ICC suspension and has not participated since.