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USA Announces Under-19 World Cup Squad

Dec. 23rd, 2009
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The United States of America Cricket Association today announced the squad to represent the USA at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup scheduled for January 15-31, 2010 in New Zealand.

USACA officials with USA Under-19 players.

Following an intensive four-day weekend training camp at the ICC approved Central Broward Regional Park, in Florida, and under the watchful eyes of USA coaches and trainers and New Zealand Cricket coach Dipak Patel. A former New Zealand off-spinner and national Under-19 team coach, Patel has also coached at the New Zealand first-class senior level.

The USA Under-19 squad is the same group of players who participated in the ICC CWC Qualifier in Toronto, earlier in September. However Steven Taylor has been added as wicketkeeper/batsman. The team will assemble in San Francisco on January 1, 2010 for departure to New Zealand.

The full squad is Shiva Vashishat (Captain), Salman Ahmad, Regis Burton, Ryan Corns, Muhammad Ghous, Naseer Jamali, Abhijit Joshi, Azurdeen Mohammed, Saqib Saleem, Gregory Sewdial, Yash Shah, Hammad Shahid, Sammi Siddiqui, Steven Taylor and Henry Wardley. Officials: Sewdatt Shivnarain, Coach, John Wesley King, Manager, Reginald Benjamin, Asst. Coach, Victor Benjamin, Trainer/Asst. Coach, Akhtar Masood Syed, Physio, Ganesh Sanap, Statistician, Shelton Glasgow, Team Liaison. ICC Americas Development Performance Officer, Robert Andrew Pick, will also serve in the capacity of Asst. Coach to the two ICC Americas entries in the tournament: Canada and the USA.

On arrival in New Zealand, the squad will be in training as guests of New Zealand Cricket at the national training facility until January 9th when they will transfer to the official ICC tournament hotel.

The USA Under-19 squad will train from January 9-13 at the New Zealand Cricket High Performance Centre, located at Lincoln University in Christchurch; the center will offer the USA squad the chance to utilize facilities that are virtually unavailable in the USA. The USA squad will engage in two warm-up matches against India on January 11, and Papua New Guinea on January 12.

A recent collaborative agreement between the USA Cricket Association and New Zealand Cricket was instrumental in the latter facilitating such a welcoming host arrangement for the USA players. New Zealand Cricket coaches will continue to play an integral role in the preparation of the USA squad while in New Zealand.

New Zealand Cricket CEO Dr. Justin Vaughan, commenting on the “loan” of two of New Zealand’s best coaches Dipak Patel and Hamish Barton to USA Cricket, said that in addition to Hamish Barton’s coaching expertise, “…he can bring a background of what you do in cricket and what an overall coach education programme looks like." Adding, "So we are not just talking about a situation where Hamish works with the Under-19s or with the national team, but instead he can start to add value to the overall structures of US cricket, in terms of their coach education programmes and trying to give some advice or sharing the knowledge that we have in terms of training our coaches. We can do that for the United States as well, and that's obviously one of the benefits that USACA can gain out of a partnership with a full member of the ICC."

Hamish Barton, who played first-class cricket in New Zealand, and is the head of that country’s cricket coaching education team, worked with the USA senior men’s team during the just completed USA national training camp in Lauderhill, Florida. He is expected to continue working with USA senior national coach and former West Indies Test player Clayton Lambert, in preparing the USA senior men’s team for ICC tournaments in Dubai, UAE and Nepal in February 2010. Hamish Barton is no stranger to some of the USA players, having played against them in the ICC Americas Division One tournament in 2008, as a player-coach of the Argentina national team.

The USA Under-19 squad was very focused during the recent training camp and all of the players are eager to don the red, white and blue of the USA. According to assistant coach Reginald Benjamin, “For the many years that I have been involved in cricket in America both as a player and a coach this weekend has been the most productive and successful ever.” It was a sentiment echoed by other members of the training staff and endorsed by USA Cricket CEO Don Lockerbie.

The New Zealand Cricket coaches were very impressed with the batting and bowling talent of the youngsters, while offering invaluable assistance in the area of efficient fielding practices.

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Cricket Fan: Are you good enough to make the USA U-19 team?? Why don\'t we just support our youths instead of "backbite"
Posted by Youth Cricketer on Dec. 24th, 2009

The people who running the usaca just want to get into the ICC, so the ICC could give usaca MONEY and they will get rich thats the way i see it, Mr selector my dad is a rich man can i make the team
Posted by Cricket Fan on Dec. 24th, 2009

Sewidal scored 137 @ 17.12 in 8 games and Wardley scored 65 @ 16.25 in the last tournament. Some core you talk about.
Posted by Etrophy on Dec. 24th, 2009
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