US and Canada eyeing top spots
The United States and Canada will be strong contenders for the two qualifying spots in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier Americas final in Bermuda next week.
In contrast to the island’s all-Bermudian-born squad, Canada have some Pakistani and Indian-born players, while the US have players from India, Pakistan, West Indies and Australia in their squad for the trip to Bermuda.
The top two teams advance to the final round of qualifying in the United Arab Emirates in October.
Timroy Allen and Xavier Marshall are Jamaican-born with Marshall playing seven Test matches and 24 one-day internationals for the West Indies between 2005 and 2009, before moving to the US in 2013.
Batsman Marshall was the West Indies Youth Cricketer of the Year in 2005.
Saurabh Netravalkar, the US captain, is a left-arm fast bowler who was born in India and represented India in the Under-19 World Cup in 2010.
The US named their 14-man squad after a training camp in Los Angeles during the last few weeks.
“We are very satisfied with the final 14 players selected for Bermuda,” Ricardo Powell, the chairman of selectors, told a US cricket website.
“We had three weeks of intense training going into this WT20 Regional final and we think the boys are fully prepared.”
One US player familiar to Bermuda is vice-captain Steven Taylor who has played on the island on several occasions. He was born in Florida but has Jamaican parents and was including in the same ICC Americas team as Bermuda’s Kamau Leverock, Tre Manders and Delray Rawlins.
In 2013 at Somerset Cricket Club, Taylor smashed a tournament-high 162 against Nepal in the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 Tournament.
Taylor was selected to play a couple of exhibition matches in Pakistan for an International World XI in 2012. He was named player of the series.
In 2013, at just 19 years of age, he became the first US player to score a century in Twenty20 International cricket, with 101 off 62 balls against Bermuda in the ICC World Cricket League Americas Division One T20 tournament. He almost achieved the feat four days earlier against Cayman Islands when he scored 95 off 58 balls.
Bermuda will play against Canada, the US and Cayman Islands from August 15 to 25 in double-header matches at White Hill Field and North Field, National Sports Centre.
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