Twelve teams with top local, first class and international talent confirmed for DreamCricket Twenty20
Sep 20, 2008
Area's Top Talent, International Stars, Young Guns and Experienced Veterans to take part in DreamCricket's New Jersey Twenty20
Twelve teams comprising some of the most talented cricketers in the North East have now confirmed that they will take part in the inaugural New Jersey Twenty20 event. Players ranging from the best youngsters to first class cricketers have now been signed up by the various teams.
Response to the tournament has been overwhelming, and demand for team slots has far exceeded the number of team slots available. As for the players, there are enough first class and international players in the DreamCricket New Jersey Twenty20, that if we strung them together as an All-Star team, they would give an ICC team a run for its money.
The twelve teams are - Holmdel Hurricanes, Tri-State Argonauts, Mercer Warriors, Edison Daredevils, Jersey Indians, Philadelphia Terminators, Global Challengers, Somerset Cavaliers, North Jersey Renegades, New York Knights, NJ Royals and Southern Connecticut Patriots. Most teams are very different from the club sides that their names are associated with in the local leagues. For New Jersey Twenty20, the teams have injected new players and killer instinct.
Although there was no draft process, teams unknowingly gravitated towards one - with the best players getting most requests to join their teams. The New Jersey Twenty20 promises to be a dueling ground for the young and the experienced, the American born and the immigrants, local heroes and international stars, classy cricketers who migrated to USA to pursue better opportunities while still playing cricket and those first class players who came to America after a productive cricket career.
Pakistan Opener Nasir Jamshed will play
for Philadelphia Terminators
at the NJ Twenty20
Just as with the IPL, the best team on paper may or may not win the contest. That said, let us look at the teams (these are incomplete lists - full rosters will be published soon).
First the young guns to whom all credit should go for learning and playing their cricket in USA. That should show everyone that cricket is not a sport played by immigrants alone. The next generation is embracing it with vigorous enjoyment. We have two entire teams - New York Knights and the Edison Daredevils - a majority of whom are either American born students or recent graduates of USA universities. The average age of these two teams is 20. How about that for Twenty20? They may not have age on their side, but they have attacking batting, quick running, sharp fielding and superb bowling.
The New York Knights, sponsored by Stuart Sport, are all under 25 years of age - most have won a national U19 championship and some have represented USA in the U19 World Cup where they reached the semi-finals of the Plate Championshop. The Knights include Andre Kirton, Akeem Dodson, Dwayne Smith, Romeno Deane, Greg Sewdial, Keon Lake and Abdulla Syed.
Akeem Dodson above
only in USA
Some are USA born
Edison Daredevils are either currently enrolled in or recent graduates of New Jersey colleges. In another country, this might be called a Combined Universities team. The boys are instantly recognized in the leagues of New Jersey - for their performance that is remarkable and for their enthusiasm that is unparalleled. Captained by Rushi Amin, the team includes Sidharth Sharma, Gautam Sharma, Gautam Shetty, Noman Iftikar, Fahad Ahmed and Himanshu Patel.
The Philadelphia New Castle Terminators have pulled out all the stops for this competition. On the batting front, they have the Pakistan ODI opener Nasir Jamshed, who scored two 50's in the two matches he played in the Asia Cup 2008. On the bowling side, they have Imran Awan - the right-arm fast bowler has played for USA since 1999 including the ICC Champions Trophy 2004. Imran took the wickets of Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Smith in a promotional match against West Indies in 2006. His tally was 3 for 39 in that match. Imran plays for Washington Tigers in the WCL.
Philadelphia's strike bowler
Who has not heard of Global CC in the North East? Global is the home away from home for some of the best West Indies cricketers in the Tri-State area. Global Challengers has roped in two former West Indies cricketers and several others who have played first class cricket. First of them is Reon King, the Guyanese pace bowler who has played for West Indies in 19 tests and 50 ODIs. Reon, who has been compared to Michael Holding, was West Indies' fastest bowler at the turn of the century.
Former West Indies paceman
Reon King will play for Global
He is joined by Neil McGarrell, the slow left arm bowler who played four tests and 17 ODIs for West Indies. His last match for Guyana was in 2007. Global's other players include Vishal Nagamootoo, Rudy Naraine and Rafay Siddiqui.
Then there are the New Jersey teams drawing their talent from the area's best clubs - these include SGCC, Global, Incredibles, Gladiators, Cavaliers, Holmdel and Gymkhana.
The Tri-State Argonauts, as their name suggests, are going for gold! This team comprises some of the best known names in this part of the world including three former first class cricketers. Amjad Khan - the former J&K player and American captain who was responsible for USA's spectacular victory over Barbados in the Red Stripe Bowl (Jamaica, 2000). Closer to home, Amjad holds the record for the highest individual score in North America - 304 not out (19x6, 28x4) in a team total of 436 for 7 in a league game.
Amjad Khan will
play for Argonauts
Also playing for the Argonauts is the super-efficient Andhra medium-pacer, Ramkishen Hanumara, who has a first class bowling economy of a miserly 2.77. Hanumara plays regular season in New Jersey for the Gladiators. Also on the Argonauts team is the experienced Zamin Amin, the former Guyana U19 player who played for over a decade for USA. Praveen Vijay, the captain of the Argonauts team, played U16 and U19 for Karnataka. The team includes Shantharam Serukur (2007 CLNJ Best Batsmen), Fazeh Abbasi, Hari Kilakenchrerry, Fazal Alam and Pradeep Sunny Sangwan.
North Jersey Renegades are the reigning champions of the Millennium Cricket League. Their team in the Twenty20 competition is the North Jersey Renegades - a top-notch outfit that combined the strengths of Commonwealth League, the Millennium Cricket League and Prince Cricket Club in the CLNJ. The team includes the Bangladeshi cricketers Wahab Munir and Hunain Munir, Shahib Shehzad and Prince cricketers Irfan Nasim and Wasim Arif.
Jersey Indians sponsored by Jersey Farm, is captained by Uday Patel. It draws its players from the strong South Gujarat Cricket Club and features Chintan Patel (USA national team) and four players who have played for the Atlantic Region - Siddharth Mehta (2007 CLNJ MVP and Leading Scorer), Ketan Patel, Kiran Patel and Hiten Patel. In addition, their team features former Maharashtra U16 player Priyesh Shah, a student of Sri Ramakant Achrekar - who was also Tendulkar's coach; and Jaymin Goswami (former Atlantic Region U19 player).
Holmdel Hurricanes has Kunal Baride (Atlantic Region), Abbey Joseph (former Tamil Nadu Division A), Sohail Akram (CLNJ's leading wicket-taker who has played first class cricket in Pakistan) and some of the best talent from the Holmdel, Incredibles and Gladiators sides.
Telkite sponsored Somerset Cavaliers led by Bilal Fayyaz are the Division 3 leaders in CLNJ and need no introduction to New Jersey cricketers. By all accounts, they are well suited for Twenty20 format. Their team includes players such as Shavinda Peiris, Terry Almeida and Yamunan Kannan from NJ Sluggers, Piscataway and other NJ teams.
Mercer Warriors play as the Warriors Cricket Club and their roster includes Brijesh Patel, Parth Amin, Durale Forest and Azhar Sufi.
NJ Royals is led by former Karnataka opener Aditya Mishra. Royals include such eminent cricketers as Dharmesh Tyagi, Mushtaq Ahangar, Farhan Kayani and Rajiv Nigam.
Southern Connecticut is the other invited team in the competition and it is an all-star team from the Southern Connecticut Cricket League. They were still finalizing their roster at the time of writing this article and requested us to hold off from publishing their initial roster.
Please note that the full rosters will be posted on the tournament website very soon.