USA Cricket

Squad for Super50 Announced

2018 Oct 02 by DreamCricket USA

There are 3 new faces in the squad from the one that successfully topped the table in Morrisville, with recalls for New York’s Alex Amsterdam and Jessy Singh, whilst promising young quick Kyle Phillip from Florida joins the national squad for the first time.

The USA Mens cricket team will be taking a squad of 16 to Barbados for the Cricket West Indies Super50 domestic List A competition which officially starts on Wednesday. Cricket West Indies have agreed to let the U.S. side take two more than the stipulated 14 man squad to help with the management of their player’s workload given this tournament follows hot on the heels of the ICC World T20 Qualifier in Morrisville, and dovetails into the ICC Division 3 tournament in Oman in November.


There are 3 new faces in the squad from the one that successfully topped the table in Morrisville, with recalls for New York’s Alex Amsterdam and Jessy Singh, whilst promising young quick Kyle Phillip from Florida joins the national squad for the first time.


Team captain and incumbent wicketkeeper Ibrahim Khaleel has been left out of the squad, with Saurabh Netravalkar to take over as team captain. Khaleel has been instrumental in helping build the team and shaping the new USA Cricket high-performance culture over the last 12-18 months along with coach Pubudu Dassanayake. His work behind the stumps has always been world class, but his continued struggles with the bat have put pressure on a middle order searching for more consistency. The likes of David Wakefield, Srinivas Salver and Amsterdam will have the chance in Barbados to press for the middle order batting spot vacated by Khaleel. Presumably Jaskaran Malhotra will take over the gloves full-time, with Monank Patel capable of stepping in if required.


Amsterdam has been scoring plenty of runs in the New York Metropolitan and District Cricket League, and must have been close to selection for the World T20 Qualifiers given his experience and proven match winning ability from previous U.S. campaigns. His inclusion will mean there are now two left-handed batting options in the middle order alongside Steven Taylor, and he also has the ability to chip in with some part-time offspin.


Singh is a like-for-like replacement for Ali Khan who has opted to play for the Kabul franchise in the upcoming Afghanistan Premier League instead of continuing to lead his countries fast bowling attack. Singh lacks the extra yard of pace that Khan provides, but has proven himself a wiley bowler when given a chance in the USA Cricket starting XI, and also adds more depth to the lower order batting.


Kyle Phillip is an exciting raw quick who impressed with his height and pace at the team selection camp in Houston, and during the Global T20 in Toronto where he played on the same team as Ali Khan. His inclusion is a nod to the future, and gives the young man a chance to be around the team culture, develop his craft, and also give the U.S. batsman a hurry-up in the nets, which is exactly what they need given the standard of opposition bowlers they are likely to face in the Super50.


The makeup of the squad shows a commitment from the selectors to the ‘Player Traits for Successful USA Teams’, as outlined in section 5.1 of the USA Cricket Selection Policy document. It should encourage those who have contributed in the past, but have fallen out of favor due to form or other issues, that the door is never closed to a comeback. The likes of Fahad Babar, Prashanth Nair, and Akshay Homraj would certainly have been in the selection discussion, and should remain match fit given the importance of this year to the national side, and the fact a call up could be just an injury away.


The squad departs for Barbados tomorrow and begins its campaign on Saturday against the Combined Campuses and Colleges.


Team USA squad:

Usman Ashraf (Cavaliers, Millennium CL)

Elmore Hutchinson (Caribbean CC, Southern California Cricket Association)

Nosthush Kenjige (Atlantis Cricket Club, New York Metropolitan Cricket League)

Jan Nisar-Khan (Smartchoice Sports Club, Houston Cricket League)

Jaskaran Malhotra (Triggers Cricket Club, Houston Cricket League)

Saurabh Netravalkar (Marin 1, Northern California Cricket Association)

Monank Patel (Freedom Cricket Club, Cricket League of New Jersey)

Timil Patel (Vijayta CC, Southern California Cricket Association)

Roy Silva (Covington Conyers, Atlanta GA Cricket Conference)

Sunny Sohal (Potomac Cricket Club, Washington Cricket League)

Steven Taylor (Sheffield Cricket Club, New York Metropolitan Cricket League)

David Wakefield (Atlantic Cricket Club Inc, South Florida Premier Cricket League)

Sai Srinivas Salver (Vijayta CC, Southern California Cricket Association)

Alex Amsterdam (Atlantis CC, New York Metropolitan Cricket League)

Kyle Phillip (Florida Cricket Academy)

Jasdeep (Jessy) Singh (Potomac CC, Washington Cricket League)

Team USA schedule:

October 6 – USA v Combined Campuses & Colleges ( Three Ws Oval, Cave Hill)

October 8 – USA v Jamaica (Kensington Oval, Bridgetown)

October 10 – USA v Leeward Islands (Kensington Oval, Bridgetown)

October 12 – USA v Barbados (Kensington Oval, Bridgetown)

October 16 – USA v Barbados ( Three Ws Oval, Cave Hill)

October 18 – USA v Leeward Islands ( Three Ws Oval, Cave Hill)

October 20 – USA v Combined Campuses & Colleges ( Three Ws Oval, Cave Hill)

October 22 - USA v Jamaica ( Three Ws Oval, Cave Hill)