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Cricket news - Steven Taylor axed as USA vice-captain

After Taylor's removal, USA will be travelling without a designated vice-captain.

After Taylor's removal, USA will be travelling without a designated vice-captain.

USA Cricket have announced an unchanged 14-man squad for their World Cup League 2 fixtures in Nepal starting February 5. In a widely unsurprising move the selectors chose to stay with a winning combination that has elevated USA to the pole position in the WCL 2 table, while gaining three places to be at number 15 in the ICC ODI team rankings.

It is understood that the current USA interim head coach James Pamment has agreed to undertake duties for the Nepal tour as USA continue their incessant search for a fulltime head coach well into the second month of the job advertisement.

The squad for the tour was announced by a media release which fell short of naming a vice-captain for the entire tour which will see USA play four ODIs against Nepal and Oman. This means that Steven Taylor who has been the vice-captain for the USA for almost a year has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect. Cricbuzz reached out to a USA Cricket official spokesperson on the reasons behind the move.

"USA Cricket can confirm that Steven Taylor has been stripped of the vice-captaincy ahead of the tour of Nepal for failing to display the high standards of behavior and professionalism that are expected of all USA National Team cricketers on last month's tour of the UAE. Steven was not the only player to have acted in a manner which was inconsistent with the team's values and, after a review, was found to have broken team rules. All players involved have acknowledged their error of judgment and apologized to their team-mates and support staff and have committed to responding positively. USA Cricket now considers the matter closed and will appoint a replacement vice captain for the upcoming tour shortly," the spokesperson revealed.

The non-announcement of a vice captain on such a crucial tour might be prove to be an unnecessary distraction to an otherwise formidable squad which has seen some remarkable performances in their WCL 2 campaign hitherto. It will be important for the likes of young Monank Patel, Aaron Jones and Rusty Theron, who are all part of the team's leadership group, to step in and fill up the void created.

The team management, however, will be buoyant about Kareema Gore's return to full fitness from a pulled hamstring which saw him miss the last 2 ODIs of the Dubai leg of the WCL2. Gore's return also gives the team management a problem of plenty. It will be interesting to see who makes it to the final 11 between the likes of Nisarg Patel, Nosthush Kenjige and Timil Patel. Nisarg, who initially warmed the bench in favor of fellow left arm spinner Kenjige, who showed some real grit and maturity in his knocks of 39 and 40 in Dubai while being widely underutilized with the ball. Timil, USA's highest wicket taker in the 50-over format, might just edge out Kenjige if the team management decides to go with an experienced campaigner who lends the bowling attack some heterogeneity with his wrist spin.

The team will fly to Mumbai for a short preparatory camp which will involve three 50-over games against a Mumbai Cricket Association XI before heading to Kathmandu to get their WCL2 campaign underway against Oman on February 8.

Squad: Saurabh Netravalkar (C), 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.

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