By DreamCricket USA
The Global Challengers’ team, managed by Jaideep Reddy and captained by former West Indies international cricketer Neil McGarrell return to the second edition of the DreamCricket organized Radiant Info Twenty20 (www.USOpenCricket.com or www.RadiantInfoT20.com) with a stronger team on all fronts.
Neil McGarrell receiving the 2008 runners-up trophy
Runners-up in the first edition, the team want to be champions this year and are keen to make up for the deficiencies that cost them the title last year. Here’s a sneak preview of the Challengers line-up:
Neil McGarrell (37) – McGarrell played 4 Tests and 17 ODIs representing West Indies and was a former captain for Guyana. McGarrell also was part of the Guyana side in the Stanford 2020. One of the best left-arm spinners in USA, McGarrell was the MVP of last year’s DreamCricket tournament and almost single-handedly led his team to the title by virtue of his intelligent bowling, consistent batting in the middle order and electric fielding in the covers. Picture (Left): Neil McGarrell
Time and again, he thwarted stronger batting teams and choked off runs with his bowling spells during last year’s run. While the Challengers fell just short of the title, McGarrell is determined to make amends in this year’s run with a strengthened team on all fronts.
Carl Wright (31) – Wright is the current opening batsman-wicketkeeper for the USA team and can also turn in his arm over with his effective off-spinners in a catch. Carl played 11 first class matches (two first class fifties) for Jamaica before immigrating to USA. The addition to hard-hitting Carl Wright adds a new dimension of stability to the Challengers batting line-up – something that they missed last year. This quintessential team player is regarded very highly by his peers and the US cricket team management and was one of the key cogs that helped the US team win the ICC America’s Cup. Picture (Right): Carl Wright
Kumar Nandalal (25) – Nandalal is a current USA International cricketer and represented Guyana in the past. This specialist left-arm spinner formed a potent spinning duo with Neil McGarrell in the last edition to create one of the best spinning attacks in the tournament. His variations in flight and loop and the deadly arm-ball have baffled way too many batsmen and he is gearing up to put on a beguiling show with in the art of spin bowling. Nandalal recently made the USA team which took part in the WICB Domestic ODI tournament but was injured before he could spin his web.
Sudesh Dhaniram (42) – Dhaniram a former USA and Guyanese international is a local cricketing legend and the NY Cricket League is replete with stories of his batting exploits such as the time when he once took 48 runs in 3 overs. Dhaniram, who has 46 first-class matches under his belt has 4 hundreds and 10 fifties in first-class cricket for Guyana. He also scored an unbeaten 257 on June 24, 2006, which is among the highest individual limited-overs innings in USA. His aggressive batting style is tailor-made for 20-20 cricket and his addition not only instantly adds power and depth to the Challengers line-up, the younger boys will benefit from his vast experience. Picture (Left): Sudesh Dhaniram
Tony Powell (37) – Powell is a Jamaican and West Indies A all-rounder who played 42 first-class matches for Jamaica getting 3 centuries and 13 half-centuries. He represented Jamaica in the 1999 Commonwealth Games. Powell, a left-handed batsman and right-arm medium pacer plays for the Eclipse Cricket Club in the Garden State Cricket League where his average is a brilliant 91.2 from 8 matches!
Santhosh Dani – Santhosh is right handed-batsmen and a right-arm medium pace bowler. He has played in the Mumbai’s Kanga League and other first-class tournaments like Times Shield & Shipping Shield. This former captain of CLNJ’s Aggressive Cricket Club was a key player in the Challengers’ run last year and has been consistently in the top 3 batsmen and bowlers list for the past 3 years.
Qayaam Farooq – Farooq is a right-handed batsman & bowler who plays for the Atlantic Cricket Club. His exploits in the NY Cricket League are well-known and he hopes to one day emulate the feats of his idol – Shiv Chanderpaul.