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USA U19 Selection Process Kicks Off

2019 Feb 07 by DreamCricket USA

The selection process for USA's U19 squad for the 2019 regional U19 qualifier kicked off today in Florida.  52 boys from across the country have been invited to Florida for the U19 Selection Camp which ends on February 10, 2019.  From this group, a reduced 14-man squad is expected to be announced that will commence the journey for qualification to the 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup to be held in South Africa.  

By Venu Palaparthi (Picture Credit: USA Cricket)

The selection process for USA's U19 squad for the 2019 regional U19 qualifier kicked off today in Florida.  52 boys from across the country have been invited to Florida for the U19 Selection Camp which ends on February 10, 2019.  From this group, a reduced 14-man squad is expected to be announced that will commence the journey for qualification to the 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup to be held in South Africa.  

"Invited players will be demonstrating their skills, fitness and commitment to the selection process and following the camp," USA Cricket noted in a media release.  Selectors are also expected to conduct an assessment through matches that are scheduled to be played at two venues - Central Broward Park and Brian Piccolo Park.

About the selectors, the media release observed: "While interviews continue to recruit the USA U19 National Coach, USA Cricket Men’s Head Coach, Pubudu Dassanayake, will be in attendance in Ft. Lauderdale to assess the young talent and lead all aspects of coaching."  

"USA Cricket is fortunate to occupy the services of current U23 Delhi Head Coach, former USA Women’s Coach and former Team USA Assistant Coach, Anand Tummala to provide additional coaching support across multiple venues. Tummala, who attended six of eight talent identification combines in 2018, has kindly volunteered his time upon his return to the USA in what is a rare break in the BCCI domestic tournament schedule," USA Cricket noted in its release.

In order to qualify for the World Cup, USA will need to finish first in the Americas region - ahead of  Argentina, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and its traditional rival Canada.   The Americas regional qualifier is scheduled to be played in Toronto between July 7th and July 19th. 

Twelve ICC Full Member countries will be joined by the winners of Division 1 tournaments in Africa, Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific, and Europe.  The countries which have automatically qualified are: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.  Ireland, which became a full member in 2017, will still need to qualify through the European route.  

The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is how most of today's greats got their start.  Virat Kohli's attained fame as India's captain for the 2008 U19 World Cup.  Prithvi Shaw was captain of the victorious 2018 squad.  He made his Test debut the same year, becoming the youngest Indian to score a century on debut.  Others including Shubhman Gill, Rashid Khan, Tim Southee, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan and Wayne Parnell showed early promise on the U19 World Cup stage.

The 52 players invited to compete are as follows:

Abhayjit (Yash) Khangura (CricMax, NYCL)
Abhiram Valisammagari (DYCL Knights, Dallas Cricket League)
Abhishek Kattuparambil (CCA U18, California Cricket Academy)
Aditya Sharma (CricMax, NYCL)
Adnesh Tondale (Stanford-1, Northern California Cricket Association NCCA)
Ahan Bhakare (Houston Indian Cricket Club – II, Houston Cricket League)
Akul Gupta (Triangle Cricket League, NYCL)
Ali Sheikh (Dallas Youth Cricket League Knights, Dallas Cricket League)
Aman Patel (CricMax, NYCL)
Amrut Pore (Covington Conyers, Atlanta GA Cricket Conference)
Aryan Shah (Triangle Warriors, Triangle Cricket League)
Aswin Nair (Dallas County CC, North Texas Cricket Association)
Atul Iyer (St. Bess Cricket & Social Club, South Florida Premier Cricket League Inc.)
Burhaan Nadeem (DYCL Whales – Dallas Youth Cricket League)
Darius Gopaul (Trinidad/USA)
Deep Joshi (CricMax, NYCL)
Dhruv Patel (Atlanta Thunders, Atlanta Georgia Cricket Conference)
Heer Patel (Atlanta Thunders, Atlanta GA Cricket Conference)
Iddagodage Daluwatte (OC Lions White, Orange County Cricket Association)
Isaiah Jagernauth (CricMax, ECYL)
Ishan Sharma (Nova Cricket & Sports Club, Washington Cricket League)
Jishnav Kohli (Charlotte Tigers Cricket League, Carolina Cricket League)
Joshua Kind (Topeka CC, Midwest Cricket League)
Laksh Parikh (HICC, Houston Cricket League)
Majjid Zubair (Smartchoice Sports Club, Houston Cricket League)
Mihir Cherukupalli (United Cricket Club, North Texas Cricket Association)
Muhammad Abdullah Shah (Triad Leapords Cricket Club, Carolina Cricket League)
Muhammad Hammad (United Blues, North Texas Cricket Association)
Pranav Rao (CricMax, NYCL)
Rahul Jariwala (CCA U18, California Cricket Academy)
Raj Vyas (SCCAY, Southern California Cricket Association)
Rehman Dar (Grand Prairie CC, North Texas Cricket Association)
Rishi Arjun (CCA U18, California Cricket Academy)
Rohan Arvindh (DreamCricket Colts, Cricket League of New Jersey)
Ruthvik Chunduri (CCA U18, California Cricket Academy)
Safiullah Faheem (Pearland Sparks, Houston Cricket League)
Saiteja Reddy Mukkamalla (CricMax, NYCL)
Sakthi Karimanal (CCA U18, California Cricket Academy)
Sanjay Stanley (Lions Cricket Club, New York Metropolitan Cricket League)
Shashank Vittaladevaram (CCA U18, California Cricket Academy)
Skanda Rohit Sharma (San Ramon Cricket Association, SRCA Youth)
Smit Doshi (Carolina ANZACs Cricket Club, Triangle Cricket League)
Sohan Bhat (Marin-1, Northern California Cricket Association)
Sri Pare (Ravens, Central Texas Cricket League)
Srinidhi Raghavendran (NCCA Youth, Northern California Cricket Association)
Tejas Visal (Bolingbrook Super Kings, Bolingbrook Premier League)
Trishul Manoj (SCYCA-Cougers, Southern California Youth Cricket Academy)
Vatsal Vaghela (Marin-1, Northern California Cricket Association)
Ved Patel (India/USA)
Viraj Vaghela (ACA, ACA Youth League)
Yashwant Balaji (CricMax, NYCL)
Yasir Mohammad (CricMax, NYCL)

USA and Afghanistan at the U19 World Cup - 2010 to present

USA last played in the ICC U19 World Cup in 2010.  That year, USA lost all their games in the group stage but finished ahead of Afghanistan in final standings after defeating Afghanistan in a playoff for 15th place.  By 2012, Afghanistan pushed forward to 10th spot finishing ahead of other associate countries.  USA did not qualify that year.  For the 2014 U19 World Cup, a new format of regional qualifiers was introduced, which led to Canada qualifying ahead of USA. In the World Cup, Afghanistan forged ahead to 7th place, finishing ahead of full members such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.  

Canada requalified for the 2016 World Cup from the Americas once again finishing 15th whereas Afghanistan won the Plate Finals.  This World Cup also saw the emergence of Rashid Khan on the world stage.  For the 2018 edition, Canada qualify ahead of USA in the Americas once again, finishing 12th overall.  Afghanistan, on the other hand, forged ahead in 2018, having defeated New Zealand by a whopping 202 runs in the super league and losing only to Australia, the eventual finalist.  Their much anticipated third place finish game versus Pakistan was rained out and they eventually finished fourth on NRR.