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USA Cricket lays out plans to return to action

2021 Jan 24 by DreamCricket USA

USA Cricket announced on Friday, January 22, that it had undertaken significant work "to give the Men’s, Women’s and Youth teams the best foundations for the return to action this year."

USA Cricket announced on Friday, January 22, that it had undertaken significant work "to give the Men’s, Women’s and Youth teams the best foundations for the return to action this year."

A total of 44 players were shortlisted for USA Men’s National Team selection.  The selection committee and coaches will narrow this list down through a continual assessment of player's skill development, performance, fitness and attitude.   The 44 players who were selected for the Men's Training Camp are:  Aaron Jones, Adil Bhatti, Akshay Homraj, Cameron Gannon, Dominique Rikhi, Elmore Hutchinson, Fahad Babar, Gajanand Singh, Gayan Fernando, Ian Holland, Jasdeep "Jessy" Singh, Jaskaran Malhotra, Josh Daschombe, Karan Viradiya, Karima Gore, Karthikeya Jagadish, Kyle Philip, Luke Schofield, Monank Patel, Muhammad Ali Khan, Najam Iqbal, Narsingh Deonarine, Nisarg Patel, Noshtush Kenjige, Raymond Ramrattan, Rishi Bhardwaj, Rusty Theron, Sachin Asokan, Sagar Patel, Sahil Charania, Sanjay Krishnamurthi, Saurabh Netravalkar, Shaheer Hassan, Shaker Ahmed, Shayan Jahangir, Sunny Sohal, Steven Taylor, Sushant Modani, Timil Patel, Trinson Carmichael, Usman Rafiq, Vivek Narayan and Xavier Marshall.

"The completion of the majority of the Men’s Senior & Youth Zonal Trials in the final quarter of 2020 has helped to unearth new talent across all Zones. This, combined with the lack of competitive cricket in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, has necessitated the extension of the National Training Group," USA Cricket noted in its Media Release.

The players on this list will gather for a training camp and a series of selection matches in February to be held at the Prairie View Cricket Complex in Houston, Covid permitting.  This will give selectors the opportunity to select a team ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 games in Oman and PNG.

Chairman of the USA Cricket Men’s Selection Panel, Michael Voss, explained, “It has been a hugely challenging 12 months for everyone involved in cricket around the world. On behalf of my fellow selectors, I would like to thank the cricketers from all over the country who took part in the Zonal Trials - for their attendance, commitments, efforts and for their patience as we work our way through this difficult time. We are delighted to now extend the National Training Group to a panel of 44 talented cricketers from right across the country. This Training Group will be regularly revised based on each player’s attitude, training and match performance, and of course their skill development and fitness.”

“We have vitally important matches coming up in 2021, so the Men’s Training Camp and Team USA Selection Matches we are planning for next month in Houston are critical to bringing everyone together underneath our new Head Coach, J Arunkumar. The extended group of players more fairly reflects the depth of talent we have seen across the country, and will allow us to pick the strongest possible Team USA squad for our return to action in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2.”

USA Cricket also announced that it would select a Women’s and Women's Under 19 National Training Groups following the Talent ID events that were conducted in 2020.  These groups will train within regionalized hubs in their geographic zones.  

"The Men’s and Youth Zonal Trials were also affected by the pandemic but were nearly fully completed, with 11 of the 14 events finishing in November 2020. Plans are in place to finalize selections for both the Men’s Zonal Training Group & Men’s Youth Zonal Training Group for all 6 of the USA Cricket Zones," it was noted in the media release.  Zonal squads will be named this month and will also commence training in their geographic zones.

USA Cricket Operations Director, Richard Done said “The naming of the extended Men’s National Training Group, and the announcement of the Men’s Training Camp and Team USA Selection Matches next month are the first steps on the path back to representative cricket after a hugely challenging 12 months for the USA and so many of our fellow cricketing nations. At the very least, we have been fortunate that this time off the pitch has given us the chance to develop a more robust, wide-ranging selection process in line with USA Cricket’s Foundational Plan.”

“I would like to thank all of the players, coaches, clubs and leagues for engaging so strongly in both the Men’s & Youth Zonal Trials and the Women’s & Girls Talent ID events. With strong attendances and an abundance of talented cricketers in every zone, it has meant an elongated selection process. However, we are committed to making the best selections for all National and Zonal Training Groups, and we will ensure to make all of the announcements in an appropriate and timely manner. We understand the importance of getting every aspect of our selection processes right, particularly with the scale of opportunities for our Men’s, Women’s and Youth teams who are targeting qualification for global ICC events.”

Source: USA Cricket