Holland, Stevenson And Homraj Win Virgin ODI-call-ups > Cricket News, cricinfo, mobilecric, cricbuzz, livescore and more

Cricket news - Holland, Stevenson and Homraj earn maiden ODI call ups

Ian Holland has played 13 List A games and has scored 156 runs and taken ten wickets.

USA's new Australian first-class imports Ian Holland and Cameron Stevenson, who left impressive footprints in the just concluded Regional Super50 tournament in the West Indies, have been named in the 14-man strong USA touring party for their World Cup League 2 campaign in Dubai. The duo are well in line to make their ODI debuts alongside former Guyana Under-19 keeper Akshay Homraj who also been named in the squad as USA's first-choice keeper. Announcement of Homraj's inclusion meant there is still no room for former vice-captain Jaskaran Malhotra who has been overlooked for a 50-over tournament for the second straight time.

USA selection panel led by Ricardo Powell opted to drop Sagar Patel and Jessy Singh who were the only homegrown players in the squad that toured Trinidad apart from the vice-captain Steven Taylor. Sagar failed to make any notable contributions opening the batting in the three matches that he played on the tour, scoring 34 in three games with his highest being a scratchy 22. Jessy might have a reason or two to be flustered at the selection process after being cast aside in favour of Elmore and Stevenson. Jessy bagged a four-wicket haul in his last ODI against Namibia in September and sporadically appeared in only four of USA's 8 Super50 games in the Caribbean.

The team management have kept faith in the current batting unit despite continued batting failures starting from T20 WC qualifiers in Bermuda. USA have played 18 competitive games ever since, with the batsmen crossing the 50-run mark only eight times in as many games. A part of the reason for that might also be the constant game of musical chairs being played around with the opening positions. It looks almost certain that Monank Patel might get the nod to open alongside Xavier Marshall once again as Monank looks a far more effective player in leading USA's batting effort from the top of the order. USA have always banked on their bowlers to win them games but it is about time the batsmen step up to take responsibility with batting conducive conditions in the offing in the UAE.

USA sit pretty at third position in World Cup League 2 points table. They get their campaign underway on December 8 against UAE at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Squad: Saurabh Netravalkar (capt), Steven Taylor, Karima Gore, Ian Holland, Akshay Homraj, Elmore Hutchinson, Aaron Jones, Nosthush Kenjige, Xavier Marshall, Monank Patel, Nisarg Patel, Timil Patel, Cameron Stevenson, Rusty Theron

Live Home Series
Player Schedule
Points Table Cricket Rankings
Cricket Clothing Cricket Equipment
Cricinfo Apps Download