Trip Useful In A Limited Way
By Orin Davidson
For the second time in two months, a United States senior team will
embark in international competition.
This time around they will take on a Jamaica representative lineup
today in Jamaica to launch the opening of the Trelany Stadium that
will host a number of practice matches and World Cup 2007’s
The team selected comprises a varied mix of established players,
new ones and some old stagers, which in the context of United States
cricket’s development is not in its best interest.
Indeed it was an endearing gesture by the organizers to invite our
national team because they could’ve chosen either of the many
higher profile countries around the world.
At the same time it was an opportunity for the Steve Massiah captained
squad to continue where they left off at the Americas Cup and soak
in much needed exposure to allow the guys to gel more as a unit.
However, the selections made were a far cry from the squad which
placed second, in the process narrowly failing to wrench the title
from World Cup bound Bermuda.
Of the lot named, only Massiah, Lennox Cush, and Imran Iwan were
retained from the Canada experience.
Oldstagers like Mark Johnson, who was one of the many discards from
the squad of 1995 and prior, is included while untried youngsters
like Dunane Nathaniel , who represented the national Under-19 team
at this year’s World Cup and Renardo Francis also made the
From all appearances, this was not a team selected by the United
States of America Cricket Association (USACA) rather one identified
solely by the organizers.
No one wants to knock the Air Jamaica/Jamaica Tourist Board’s
generosity to the U.S. team , but in an ideal situation, one would’ve
preferred to have seen the likes of Sushil Nadkarnie, Chintan Patel
and Omar Usman included in the side, following their good performances
Also the talented Rashard Marshall could’ve used the opportunity
to boost his considerable batting talent after he was erroneously
left out of the Americas Cup squad.
Rather it seemed the lineup has a Florida bias with a few courtesy
picks from New York.
Nevertheless, we are grateful for the chance to at least play a
part in the World Cup experience, regardless of the how marginal
Tri State Series
The just concluded Tri State series for New York Under-19 players,
could not have been staged at a batter time.
With nothing much in store this summer for the national junior squad,
it was beneficial for the continued development for the many national
players from Big Apple teams.
Also it has brought out the best in a number of other fringe players
for the national squad.
Karan Ganesh, who missed on the World Cup squad for eligibility
reasons, was outstanding and proved he is one good batsman for the
future of U.S. cricket.
Fittingly he led his team Eastern American Youths to victory in
the final and deserves huge kudos for a job well done. Also it was
a good run for the Andre Kirton led Tri State Youths who were runners
And last but not least, commendations are in order for the organizers,
sponsors and coach Linden Fraser and coordinator Kris Prasad for
bringing off an event in a time of need.
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