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Teams and Their Star Power - Preview of NuWare NJ T20 First Weekend of Play 
Oct 03, 2008

Tri-state Argonauts

Ramesh Saddagopan
is playing for Argonauts
in NuWare NJ T20
If one were to go by team perceptions, then the Tri-State Argonauts would have to be the top seeds and favorites for this tournament. This team made up of an array of international and first-class cricketers from India, USA and Pakistan do spread fear in the ranks of the other teams. The team - captained by Praveen Vijay and supported by star batsman, Shantharam Serukur - will also have in their ranks international star Sadagoppan Ramesh, former USA captain Amjad Khan and Sharaz Baksh.

The team boasts of a deep batting line-up and captain Praveen thinks that they can bat till 10. Their bowling is led by Fazal Alam and Fazeeh Abbasi. When asked about their competition, Praveen felt that he was extremely confident of what the team could achieve and felt that they would win the contest if they played to their potential. Their first game tomorrow is versus Hurricanes at Warinanco Park.

Edison Daredevils

CitiNRI Edison Daredevils are looking forward to the Sunday match against Holmdel Hurricanes
The Edison Daredevils are led by left-arm pacer, Rushi Amin. The team counts on their deep bowling strength to propel them in this tournament. The bowling attack is led by Nomi Iftikhar - arguably one of the fastest bowlers in the North-East. His supporting cast includes Rushi, Himanshu Patel and Brijesh Patel. Their batting line-up is headed up by the hard-hitting five-some of Talat Virk, Gautam Shetty, Brijesh Patel, Gautam Sharma and Ahson Bukhari.

The Edison Daredevils unfortunately had 2 of their prelim round games washed out due to the rains and must now win at least 2 of their remaining 3 games to stay in the hunt. One of these contests is against the Tri-state Argonauts, who Rushi contends will be their biggest challenge, but he feels that their team has the firepower to win this contest. The CitiNRI Edison Daredevils go into battle against Hurricanes on Sunday at the Edison Cricket Club ground behind Thomas Jefferson School.

Holmdel Hurricanes

The Hurricanes Team captained by their attacking opening-order batsman, Kunal Baride, is one of the two participants in this tournament that have played as a team throughout this season. They are counting on this camaraderie combined with their talented team to qualify for the next round.

Their strength lies in their bowling, which is spearheaded by Zakir Hussain and supported by Yash Bhatia, Asif Cheema and leggie Aravind Sethuraman. The Hurricanes have added a couple of players from Sayreville Gladiators and other clubs to add some more strength to the side. Aby Joseph, the dashing wicket-keeper/batsman and Anand Chandraker inject further firepower to the side to make it a highly-competitive team.

The Hurricanes had one of their initial round games washed out due to the rain last weekend and hence they have to win two of their remaining four league games to be in the race for the semi-finals. Their first match tomorrow is versus Argonauts at Warinanco Park.

New York Knights

Stuart Sports New York Knighs are looking forward to their Saturday match against NJ Royals
Coach Fraser claims that the NY Knights team is made up of 15 all-rounders - all capable of bowling and batting well - a reputation a la Kiwis in the international circuit. This young team made up of Under-19 stars from NY is a force to reckon with based on their all-round talent and abundance of youth & energy on the team.

The team is led by Nicholas Stanford and has in it's ranks talented youngsters like Akeem Dodson, Martin Nurse, Fahad Mughal and Slyvasen "black pearl" Kalimootoo, among others. Coach Fraser feels that this team's youthful all-round talent is its core strength and the Knights should not be taken lightly by the competition. While expressing his thanks for Dreamcricket.com for conducting this tournament, he feels that this is not only a wonderful opportunity for the team to exhibit it's potential in the 20-20 format, but also a great avenue to advance this game in the US.

Based on the talent and the potential, this team is the dark-horse of this tournament and despite 2 games being washed out last week, the boys are in great spirits and will play to win the remaining games. Their campaign begins with a match against NJ Royals at Warinanco Park on Saturday at 2PM.

More previews coming soon.