U.S. Cricket Cannot Help Crying Over Spilt
By Orin Davidson
As teams go into high gear in preparation for next year’s
World Cup, one is forced to once again lament on the benefits the
United States team is missing out on.
Countries like Canada, Bermuda, Scotland and the Netherlands are
enjoying the fruits of the 2 million dollars plus investment the
International Cricket Council (ICC) has injected into the associate
member nations’ games preparation requirements.
Canada has so far competed in more than three series at home and
abroad this year, so has Bermuda, the latest being a one-sided contest
It is exposure of the type so valuable, one can only dream about
the benefits it would’ve brought the United States players.
With such grounding it is hair raising to imagine the type of improvement
the likes of Rashard Marshall, Imran Iwan, Sushil Nadkarni, Chintal
Patel, Akeem and Orlando Baker would attain.
There are others like Hemant Poonoo and Dunae Nathaniel who the
selectors have so far overlooked from national squads, but who fully
deserve a look in, especially the former who happens to the most
recent national Under-19 team captain.
They are deserving of all the exposure possible at this stage of
their careers and could become gems in short time.
Only if we had qualified from the World Cup qualifiers last year
in Ireland, things would’ve been rosier now than the setting
sun in October.
It seems unfathomable that the United States fraternity is still
ruing the setbacks from failure at a competition close to 18 months
in the past.
Placing in the top five in Ireland meant so much to the future development
of this country’s cricket, it now appears we were ultra complacent
in going there with a team packed with creaking joints and worn
Nevertheless, our administrators have learnt their lessons fast
as the intensive efforts at change have produced changes that are
evident for all to see.
The team is now shorn of the aging social stars and is now a well
balanced outfit of youth and experience that almost ran hot favorites
Bermuda out of the Americas Cup last July.
The effort to boost finances by the national ruling body’s
collaboration with international marketing group Centrex is another
example of their intention to do the right thing.
Maybe they needed a wake-up call to be jolted into such strong action.
Hopefully this trend is maintained forever in the future.
Akhil Khan’s Good Deeds
Former Cricket International Junior Youth Development Program member
Akhil Khan has come a long way since he was introduced to its training
three years ago.
Apart from making himself a permanent member of the New York senior
team, he is also well on the road to fulfilling his dream of becoming
By this time next year, the youngster should be well ensconced in
medical school after completing his Bachelors of Science degree
from St John’s University next month.
After emigrating to the United States six years ago, it is not surprising
he has accomplished so much.
Khan happens to have all the qualities necessary.
No young player can be more disciplined, respectable, well mannered
and warm as the youngster from India.
That’s why he deserves all the kudos for making a name for
himself on and off the field.
His peers in and out of the junior ranks will do well to take serious
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