The New York Cricket Region youth selectors have selected a fourteen man squad and 3 standbys to represent the region at the 2011 USACA national U19 tournament tentatively scheduled for Columbus Day weekend in California.

Greg Sewdial will skipper the team to California.

Although at this time the tournament appears to be in jeopardy due to the lack of funding, the NYCR youth selectors felt that the regional team needed to be ready in the event that a last minute confirmation or cancellation of the tournament was announced. With that said, secondary plans are being put in place to have the regional team travel to Florida or California in the event that the tournament is cancelled by USACA.

Over the past 2 months, the players have been involved in the New York Cricket Region U 19 tournament in addition to 3 trial matches organized by the NYCR region.  With the final fourteen now selected, preparations will continue under the management staff.

The NYCR U19 team will be captained by USA U19 captain Gregory Sewdial and he will have as his deputy his USA team mate Prashanth Nair.  The squad also includes USA players Trevor Singh, Amarnauth Persaud and Travis Ross.  The team will be coached by USA coach Milton Pydana and managed by Clifford Hinds.

Supporters and well wishers are invited to a special brunch to raise funds for the team this Sunday October 2nd, 2011 at Naresa Palace in Queens, NY.  For tickets please contact Mr. Nigel Harper (516) 315 8472 or Clifford Hinds (862) 224-8662. Tickets are $20.

The full squad reads:
Travis Ross, Amarnauth Persaud, Gregory Sewdial (Captain), Trevor Singh, Prashant Nair (Vice Captain), Clifford Hamilton, Zaheeb Tariq, Jazeeb Tariq, Syed Hussain, Randal Wilson, Anwar Khan, Rocky Kowchai, Triston Carmichael and Troy Mars.

Standbys:
15. Chris Singh
16. Yogindra Dass
17. Waqas Shah
18. Zafaar Yusuf

Manager: Clifford Hinds
Coach: Milton Pydana

 

35 Comments

  1. Dass says:

    Gud luck….

  2. ALLROUNDER says:

    WELL IF AN AGREEMENT IS NOT BEEN MADE FULLY SELCETORS JUST CANNOT LEAVE OUT 3 OF THE BETTER PLAYERS @SAM

  3. Wellc. well. well. With all the comments on the correctness of the selection, and the injustice to other more deserved! It all shows that the NYCR stakeholders are very enthusiastic about youth cricket. Folks, this is very encouraging to us all who are working feverishly to improve cricket in this area. Youth cricket is the way to go.

    Now that the selections have been made, we should all band together and give these youngsters our support.

    The Communist idealogy creates an undesirable system of government, according to the anti-communists. However, the outstanding thing is that, in discussions in the Politburo (USSR) everyone voiced their opinions and argued their case. But once a decision has been made by the majority, everyone, including those oppose to the decision, work toward implementing that decision. WE must agree to disagree, but once an agreemenrt has been reached, we all should give our cooperation and support.
    In the NYCR U-19 selections, we have not all agreed to them, but the selections have been made, so let us support our kids.

  4. ALLROUNDER says:

    YOU KNOW MANY PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT GUYS NOT GOING TO TRIAL GAMES, BUT HOW MANY OF THOSE GUYS THATS WAS AT TRIALS GAMES WHERE AT THE MOST IMPORNT PART OF ANY SPORT WHICH IS FITNESS. ONE WEEK OF FITNESS THEY HAD 6 UNDER 19 PLAYERS AND THE REST WERE UNDER 15. TO ME SEEING HOW FIT A CRICKET IS HAS A BETTER PERCENTAGE OF JUDGEMENT ON THAT PLAYER, THAN HIM JUST GOING INTO A TRAIL GAME AND HAVING A GOOD DAY.WHEN EVER I STEP OUT THERE TO PLAY I DONT CARE WHAT IT TAKES OUT O ME I BUT MY EVERY BEST INTO IT AND GIVE IT MY ALL WHO PLAYED OR PLAYS WITH ME CAN TELL, A TEAM MY ALL TIME PICK THE BEST PLAYERS AND NOT ONLY WHO U THINK GOING TO DO WILL ON A TOUR.DASS WAS OUTSTANDING IN UNDER 23 GAMES WHERE HE DESTROYED A TEAM THAT WAS CONSISTED OF DEAN, ABDULLA DATSON ETC HE GOT 5 WICKET IN THAT MATCH THE FOLLOWING WEEK HE GOT ANOTHER 5 WICKET IN A UNDER 19 TRIAL GAMES COME-ON MEN FAIR IS FAIR HE DESERVE TO BE IN THAT TEAM AS A SELECTOR I DONT NOW WHAT MORE A PLAYER CAN DO TO PROVE HIMSELF. WAQAS WAS ALSO IMPRESSIVE WITH THE BAT IN BOTH UNDER 19 AND BROOKLYN LEAGYE GAMES HIS FIRST UNDER TRIAL GAME HE PLAYED HE BLAST A WONDERFUL 77. SATURDAY THAT GONE HE GAME 70 IN A 20/20 GAMES WITH ALL CLASSICAL CRICKET SHOTS HE ALSO BOWLS MEDIUM PACE AND IS EXCELLENT IN THE FIELD. IMRAN WELL I DONT SEE WHAT WENT WRONG THERE IN NOT PICKING IMRAN HE IS THE BY FAR BEST WICKET KEPPER THEY GOT RIGHT NOW AND HE CAN BAT, THESE TYPE OF SELECTIONS MAKES YOUTHS WANT TO STOP PLAYING CAUSE IT MAKES NO SENSE THEY GIVE A 100% AND SEE THAT THEIR PROFORMANCE WAS BETTER THAT OTHERS THEN THEY DID NOT GET SELECTED. NO DASS MY QUESTION WHO ARE THE OPENING PACERS?

  5. ALLROUNDER says:

    DASS,IMRAN AND WAQAS SHOULD BE IN THE TEAM

  6. cricketer says:

    guys cut the crap. chill out its not the end of the world. tough luck to those who didnt get selected feel bad for them.

  7. Cricketer says:

    IS THE TOURNAMENT HAPPENING OR NOT?

  8. Ricky Kissoon says:

    @ Clyde: I always do my best in supporting the youngsters and they know that. You can ask anyone of them.

    FYI: I am not bitter, but just trying to find out why the BEST U19 wicket-keeper with the MOST RUNS and the left-arm swing bowler with the MOST wickets during the NYCR U19 tournament did not make the 14-man squad. Selection is usually based on performance.

  9. clyde says:

    Guys,stop all the crap and let the youths concentrate on some cricket.It doesn’t matter which team is selected, people out there,just like you guys will make comments.Not because an individual didn’t get selected we have to start making all sort of irresponsible comments.I am positive the selectors have reason(s) for not selecting those individual.Ricky Kissoon for some reason you seems very bitter sir,just calm down and do the right thing..”come out and support the youths”..Encourage the guys Mr Kissoon don’t throw out negative words.ALL THOSE GUYS SELECTED DESERVE THEIR PLACE ON THE TEAM.For those who didn’t make it GOOD LUCK next time.
    Gentlemen,one of you who are making those negative comments,CAN YOU NAME ANYONE FROM THE FOURTEEN THAT DOESN’T DESERVE THEIR PLACE??? PLEASE GIVE REASON….

  10. CRICKETT says:

    This is ridicilous. I seen many articles published about Imran Mazhar, Waqas Shah and Dass. Waqas made 80 and Imran was a consistent performer throughout the tournament. Dass was mentioned in almost every article based on his performance… What is the reason Waqas and Dass were not selected? The reason given for Imran surely does not sound correct because people will do anything and say anything to make their point correct. I’ve seen Imran and Waqas play in bklyn league and they are both regarded as the best young players there.

  11. imran mazhar says:

    P:S: if i did not deserve to play then why are these people criticizing your selection against me? oh yea because they were their watching me play/perform.

  12. imran mazhar says:

    @ Mr. Lester
    with all due respect, i was given a call once for the trial matches at gateway field and that day not enough players showed up and they practiced but i was on the field. Besides that i was never given a call and i don’t know who told you that they called me but they did not. If your’e talking about commitment, i played every game while i was fasting and i did everything better than others. I was injured in one of the games and i still continued the game with an injury. I didn’t participate in any of my clubs game after i was injured. After that i was never given a call for anything. So please first get your facts right and then prove me wrong.

  13. cricket says:

    All of you who are going on about who didn’t make the team and who you feel should be in the team should stop and ask why they not in the team instead of going on and saying who you feel should be. did they meet all the requirements? did they go to all the trail games,practices & other things?

  14. Ricky Kissoon says:

    BAKOO MAN:
    FYI: I took a lot of bashing as coach of the NYCR U19 team last year. Many questioned the omission of Rasheem James and Robin Das, but one individual cannot select a regional team. Some individuals made idiotic remarks about me taking Fraser’s job. NY coaching is not meant for only “one” individual, but many others are capable of getting the job done as well. For example, Mr. Pydanna and Mr. Rudy John did a wonderful job with the youngsters this season.

    Many called the former regional director number of times informing him that “Ricky Kissoon” coaching skills. That’s human beings at their best, but the coach and the manager continued to do what’s best for the youths.

    We cannot get away from the politics and bashing when teams are selected, but I can bet this article will receive the MOST comments for 2011. Last year I think there were 50+ comments when the U19 team was published. Does that mean many are passionate about youth cricket? Maybe?

  15. Cricket fans voicing their opinions should not be considered as bashing. Everyone has the right to voce his opinion. Elected officials must be ready and able to take criticism.

  16. Waqas Shah says:

    Congrats to the lads that got selected. Maybe my performance wasnt good enough but that just motivates me to prove everyone wrong the next time i get an oppurtunity. Thanks to everyone for the support and lets just support the region on this tournament. Good luck NY!

  17. spin all the way says:

    how on world Clifford Hamilton got selected in the squad? there are way better bat/wkt in new york

  18. LESTER H says:

    I was advised by many not to even respond to these posts. However, it is my job as Director to face the critics of this region and defend the individuals who are working day in and day out to make this region a better region. Unlike many regional officers, I like to respond and shed some light on issues that many of you are deemed ignorant.

    First things first, congrats to the fourteen U19 players selcted to represent the NYCR this year. I would also like to say hard break to those players who took part in the selection process but were unfortunate not to make the final fourteen. Now on to the current issues.

    The NYCR U19 team was selected by academy heads and their U19 managers and coaches that took part in the NYCR U19 tournament. These were the individuals who were seeing the players every Saturday for the past 2 months. If these individuals cannot select a team based on merit and other NYCR requirements then no one can. As Director, I am always of the opinion that selectors should be able to articulate there decisions and thus far said selectors were and are willing to do just that. Folks we are never going to agree 100% on any selected team;however, rather than throw around words like favoritism, politics,biasness,indian,black and racism, lets reach out to the individuals who have the correct information and are in the position to shed light on any selection concerns.

    I’m a bit disturbed that Imran Mazhar, is able to come on this site and thank individuals for their support without telling them the entire truth. Imran is one of the youngsters who was not selected last year to represent the NYCR but through the efforts of myself and coach Linden Fraser, he and Yogindra Dass were selected to represent the Southeast region in the national tournament. An opportunity that I thought at the time would further both their careers. As it turned out, both players appear to have improved since then which could only serve as a benefit to their respective clubs and the NYCR. During the current NYCR U19 selection process I was informed that Imran was contacted by the NYCR selectors and indicated that he would be in attendance for trials. As reported to me, Imran did not show up to the trials due to him playing for his club on the same days that the trials were held. Yes, he performed well during the NYCR U19 tournament but as indicated to all U19 academy heads and coaches, it was imperative that players attend the NYCR trials which Imran did not. There were players who did not take part in the trials but those players had their respective clubs submit an excuse prior to the trials. Those players from various leagues were involved in semi finals and finals matches throughout the region and as such, I accepted their request.

    Both Waqas and Dass were unfortunate not to get a look in. As unfortunate as that is, they both remain players that I admire both on and off the field. Later this year the NYCR will put out its schedule for 2012 and both players will be happy to hear that there will be lots of opportunities for them to showcase their skills, if they so choose to. As indicated to al involve, selection is not based on only runs and wickets. There are other aspects to consider which I’m sure were considered by the current selectors.

    Folks if questions need to be asked lets do so without putting down the NYCR, selectors or other players. I will try my best to get the answers to any valid question put forth on this board. What I will not do is stay quiet while those of you who have never done anything for cricket in this region bash those of us who try our best each day.

  19. open says:

    no joke i wud love to c dese selctrs evrytime dey pik dere own players like cmon if u guys tlk bout youth cricket wen dis happens to players dese players strt giving up nd soon u guys wnt have no players cuz of da politics but ima support imran nd waqas dere da best

  20. observer says:

    what tournament??????? like kids fighting for candy knowing fully well there is none left. U19 is not going to take place, Krish Persad will confirm this.

  21. Legend says:

    How three of the highest run scores not get pick in the 14 man squad : Rafeek Nazeer, Imran Mazhar, and Waqas Shah.

    Also Yogindra Dass did not get pick and he had the most wickets.

  22. It is clear that various selectors have their own choices (favoritism). Only one factor should weigh on who gets selected, and that is merit. Mazhar scored the most runs and is about the best WKP in the Under 19 class. Dass , the higest wicket taker, yet these two were not in the squad.
    You gentlmen who call yourself selectors need to reassess your purpose for being selectors and do what is right.
    Mr. Lester Hooper, your promise of Merited Selected has gone to the dogs. You are a good cricket person, this I can vouch for, but you are allowing people with their own agenda to cloud your good judgement.

  23. Zain Gujjar says:

    Waqas Shah and Imran Mazhar are the Best All rounders Why are they not selected?? And Imran mazhar is the best Wicketkeeper/Batsmen they both should Be slectedd

  24. Fair and Just says:

    Unfair and biased. Base selection on performance not politics…this is why I will never consider cricket as a career because I am not related to the people in charge and I know no matter how well I perform, a player less credible will be chosen before me if he knows the right people…this is not about Imran Mazhar or a Pakistani. This is about everyone. This is about an Indian, a Bangladeshi, a West Indian and anyone else who loves the game and spends hours trying to get better. You guys are sending the wrong message to the players. You guys are discouraging players from choosing cricket as a profession because apparently hardwork and dedication doesn’t get you anywhere. It’s all about knowing the right people and having the right connections. Shame on you for degrading cricket to this…Change your mind and add Imran Mazhar and Yogindra Dass to the playing squad. Give the players what they have trained hard for and change people’s perceptions about cricket. It is never too late to fix a mistake.

  25. Ricky Kissoon says:

    @ BAKOO MAN

    Offcourse, the Regional Director trusted the selectors, but I guess selection is not based on merit, because as stated above the highest run scorer and highest wicket taker did not make the 14-man squad. Also, Dass took a five-wicket haul during the tournament. What was the purpose of the U19 tournament?

  26. BAKOO MAN says:

    Well we all have our explanations just like I’m sure the selectors have theirs. FYI…I don’t have a problem with you its just that we are all not gonna agree on every player. Yes maybe you have a point but all in all its a good team that should be supported. People stop de politics and bashing that is destroying cricket. Look whats its doing to USACA. Lets try to be better than that. The regional director trusted these guys to pick a team and they did. Who are the selectors? Let them explain their choices.They owe us that much.

  27. cricketer says:

    How is the selection based on merit when the highest run scorer (Imran Mazhar) and the highest wicket taker (Yogindra Dass) from the NYCR U19 tournament arn’t selected to represent New York? seems like all the u19 tournaments and “trials” mean nothing for the selectors….what a great message they are sending out to everyone. work hard, perform consistently better than everyone but don’t expect your selection to be based on your performances or your skills. so the question is what is the selection based on?

  28. Youth Cricketer says:

    @ BAKOO MAN AKA someone that have a problem with me… The current Regional Director made it clear that players were going to be selected based on Merit. FYI: Imran Mazhar made the most runs during the NYCR U19 tournament.

    Also, last year a lot of talented players did not make the squad, because of the large pool of U19 players. We need to put friends aside and select teams based on merit. Nothing against young Clifford (selected as a keeper), but Mazhar is way ahead of him.

  29. BAKOO MAN says:

    @ YOUTH CRICKETER AKA CRICKETER…. YOU ON THIS SITE BASHING THE SELECTORS OF THIS TEAM. MY QUESTION TO YOU IS WHY THE SAME PLAYERS YOU APPEAR TO BE SUPPORTING WERE NOT SELECTED LAST YEAR WHEN YOUN WERE COACH? IF I CAN RECALL BOTH DASS AND MAZHAR WERE SENT TO PLAY IN FL. A YEAR LATER HE IS THE BEST KEEPER IN THE REGION?????? I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST ANY OF THE KIDS BUT LET US GET AN EXPLANATION FROM THE POWERS THAT BE BEFORE WE START CRYING POLITICS.

  30. imran mazhar says:

    thanks for the support guys…appreciate it

  31. Cricketer says:

    It is a shame to see great talent like Imran Mahzar not being selected. These selectors are bias in their selections. Also why is Daas on standby? This has to be a joke.

  32. Spinner says:

    Why is imran mazhar not in the squad…as i understand he is the best wikcetkeeper batsmen in the nyc region and he have proved that with his consistant performances…this is not cricket this is politics…

  33. Youth Cricketer says:

    Waqas Shah and Imran Mahzar are both US Citizens, but were left out of the 14 man squad. Why is that? SHAME on the NYCR U19 selectors……..

  34. Cricketer says:

    I know for a fact that the best wicket-keeper/opening batsman was not selected. Where is Imran Mazhar? Also, Dass and Shah on standby???

    It seems like EACA is having there way with the selection process.

  35. open says:

    how is waqas on standby? i hurd he was one of the highest scoreres and also imran mazhar how r dese 2 players not in da squad i cud gurantee u dey play better den any1 in da squad and they say its not politics