U.S. Team Loses Out On Massiah
By Orin Davidson
Nov. 12th, 2008
Already facing a baptism of fire, the United States national cricket team finds itself under added adversity after losing the services of the country’s most accomplished batsman and captain Steve Massiah for the West Indies limited overs championship, set to bowl off Thursday in Guyana.
In all, three other changes were made to the squad which left for Guyana on Monday night.
According to a well placed source, Massiah will miss the series because of work commitments that forced him to undertake a trip to China, that will not allow him to return in time for the two-week series. Massiah is realtor with the Ahmad Group of Companies.
It is understood he was
hoping to play the United States’ final two preliminary matches
against Trinidad and Tobago and the Combined Universities on November
17 and 18 respectively. But apparently the United States of America
Cricket Association (USACA) wanted him for the entire series.
Akeem Dodson and Dennis Evans, two young players who pundits feel should’ve been selected in the original 14, along with Tim Allen and Robert Cresser are the replacements.
Dhaniram, a prolific scorer
in domestic New York competition, at 41 years would’ve been
making his debut for the United States, 14 years after he last represented
Guyana in West Indies first class competition.
The absence of Massiah and Marshall has further weakened the US which could not acquire the services of Sushil Nadkarnie and Khawaja Shuja, two proven key national players, from the inception. They too cited work commitment issues.
Allrounder Orlando Baker will take the reins as captain for the first time.
Dodson who is good enough to be a specialist batsman, and is the first choice wicketkeeper whenever he plays in the Big Apple, should thrive with the exposure. Likewise is Evans, ranked very highly by coaches in New York for his batting ability, who once played in Jamaican junior teams.
Allen also had a promising stint in the junior ranks as an allrounder while Cresser is an older version of an allrounder, who both play out of Florida.
The squad had
a practice session yesterday in Georgetown and will launch their campaign
against Barbados on Friday at the Providence Stadium.
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