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By Peter Della Penna (on Twitter)
USA is hosting Bermuda this weekend for a series of practice matches, but the general public is still in the dark as to who is representing the USA national team in these games while USACA delays making an official squad announcement. Three practice Twenty20 matches are set to be played on October 18, 19 and 20 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as preparation for the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, which takes place from November 15-30 in the UAE. While the Bermuda Cricket Board announced their final 15-man squad on Monday, including the players that are touring Florida this weekend, USACA has not made a public announcement as to who they have selected despite the fact that the ICC deadline for squad submission was on October 15.
At least nine of the 16 competing teams in the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier have already announced their final 15-man squads for the event. The announced squads include Ireland, Scotland, Hong Kong, Nepal and fellow ICC Americas teams Bermuda and Canada. However, USACA is keeping theirs a secret for now even though the full 15-man squad will be in Florida for this weekend’s camp.
According to USACA CEO Darren Beazley, USACA is waiting until Monday to announce USA's final 15-man squad for the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier because head coach Robin Singh wants to wait until after the practice matches to decide on a captain and vice-captain for the tour and that USACA wanted to make a single announcement all at once rather than making one press release for the squad and a separate press release for the captain and vice-captain.
While not revealing the entire 15-man squad, USACA High Performance Manager Andy Pick confirmed on Thursday that two players who were not in the original 28-man list of USA probables announced in September have been included in the final 15-man squad. Timroy Allen, who had announced his retirement after 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three in May, has been convinced to come out of retirement to play for USA. USACA issued a press release last week which hinted that Allen is receiving more money than the standard player stipend to participate in this tour.
Allen stated to DreamCricket after USA’s loss at WCL Division Three that money was a major factor when making his decision to retire. USACA’s press release from last week stated that “concerns over his business have been eased by support from the US National Team sponsor, Smart Choice Auto Group who has offered support to help to run his business while he is away.” Allen works as an exterminator and runs his own pest control business.
The other player not in the original 28-man list of probables who has made the final 15 according to Pick is former West Indies Test bowler Adam Sanford. The 38-year-old medium pacer made his USACA tournament debut in 2010 playing for the New York region but turned in subpar performances that September in the USACA Eastern Conference tournament in Atlanta and later that year in November at the USACA National Championship in Florida.
In games against the Atlantic Region, South West Region and eventual National Champion North West Region teams, Sanford claimed figures of 0 for 53 in eight overs, 0 for 46 in 10 overs and 1 for 47 in seven overs respectively. He was not picked in the starting eleven for two out of New York’s six games for those 2010 tournaments and then left out of New York’s squad altogether for the 2011 USACA Twenty20 National Championship in New Jersey, the last time USACA held a full-fledged national tournament. Sanford also was not one of the 24 players invited to be a part of the East vs. West 50-over National Championship match on November 11, 2012 in Florida.
Sanford played the last of his 11 Tests for the West Indies against England in 2004. His last first-class match for the Leeward Islands was played in 2008. His most recent “international” fixture was playing alongside USA’s Steven Taylor for the International World XI in two exhibition Twenty20 matches in Karachi, Pakistan in October 2012. Sanford played but did not bowl in the first Twenty20 and took 0 for 18 in one over in the second Twenty20.
The three Twenty20 practice matches between USA and Bermuda are scheduled to be played in the afternoon each day from October 18-20. On Saturday and Sunday, both teams will have training sessions in the morning. USACA Ambassador Mike Young is in Florida to assist Robin Singh with fielding sessions. According to Pick, the unofficial matches will allow both teams to use their entire 15-man squads in each game with each team able to choose 11 to bat and a separate 11 to field.
Bermuda’s 15-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier: Janeiro Tucker (captain), Kamal Bashir, Derrick Brangman, Christian Burgess, Lionel Cann, Christopher Douglas, Allan Douglas jr., Terryn Fray, David Hemp, Malachi Jones, Kamau Leverock, Tre Manders, Jacobi Robinson, Dion Stovell, Kwame Tucker.