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Young Washington Senators squad looks to cause some upsets

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Radiant Info T20 Cricket 2010: Young Washington Senators squad looks to cause some upsets

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A promising group of the best players from around the nation’s capital is hoping to spring a surprise or two in the battle to win the Radiant Info Twenty20 USA. Last year, the Washington Senators were placed in a difficult group with the Bedessee New York Destroyers and the Global Challengers. This year, they are in the same group as the formidable Bedessee NY Destroyers and the Atlantic All-Stars.

However, the team of cricketers from the Washington, D.C., area is ready for the challenge. Here is a preview of some of the young talent from the Washington Senators squad.

Charan Singh – Singh (picture at right) excelled as a member of the National Runner-up Atlantic Region U-19 squad and recently scored 183 runs as the captain of the Atlantic Region U-19 team at the 2010 USACA U-19 Eastern Conference Tournament.

Charan has been a member of the Atlantic Region senior squad since 2009 and is a prolific young star with plethora of talent that can rattle the opposition bowling attack on any given day.

Zaid Ilyas – Zaid Ilyas (at left) is one of the youngest players playing in Washington Cricket League and is known for his exceptional fast bowling and mature leadership. He is among the top wicket takers in the league and is currently leading Dulles Cricket Club, who finished third in the WCL in 2010. 

Zaid was a member of the Atlantic Region U-19 team for two years and helped lead them to a second-place finish in 2009 at the national tournament in New York, taking six wickets at an average under 15.

Haris Ilyas – Haris Ilyas (at right) started his first year in Division 1 of the Washington Cricket League in 2010 with a bang. He made an all-round impact on the league, both with his batting and his accurate off-spin.

He scored an explosive game-winning 138 not out against the league’s top team Bengals, who made the finals for the last two years.

Haris finished this season with over 450 runs and took 25 wickets in 11 contests.  He was the highest wicket taker with the best economy rate of 3.09 in the 2010 WCL season.

Madhu Bylapudi – Bylapudi developed a reputation in the WCL in 2009 as a quality swing bowler, leading his Falcons club to the 2009 Division 2 title. He played at the university level in India and so far has taken 26 wickets in WCL play at an average of 15.35.

Danish Khan Asghar – Ashgar scored 471 runs in 13 matches during the 2010 WCL campaign with a best of 148. At one point over the summer, he scored a half-century in seven consecutive matches.

A more complete roster will be available soon on RadiantInfoT20.com.

[Article by Peter Della Penna.  Charan's and Zaid's pictures sent to us by players courtesy of NewYorkCricket.com]