Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Former Renegades paceman Cameron Stevenson picked in USA T20 squad. Stevenson has played 12 ODIs for USA but yet to make his T20I debut.
Stevenson has played 12 ODIs for USA but yet to make his T20I debut.
USA have named their 14-member squad for the upcoming 2022 T20 WC Qualifiers set to be held in Zimbabwe from July 11. Former Tasmania and Melbourne Renegades paceman Cameron Stevenson walks into the T20I squad for the first time after returning to the ODI squad last month. Sushant Modani, who was as a Covid replacement in the last series against Ireland, retained his spot following a half century on debut.
Modani later impressed in the just-concluded home ODI season with three half centuries and a century in eight games. New Jersey’s teenaged leg spinner Yasir Mohammad too held onto his spot after being one of the other covid replacements in USA’s previous T20I outing against Ireland.
Left arm spinning all-rounder Karima Gore, fast bowler Jasdeep Singh and Xavier Marshall were however overlooked from the squad. Gore’s exclusion may raise eyebrows after his match-winning cameo of 31 off 15 balls against Canada helped put USA in pole position in the Americas Qualifiers for 2022 T20 WC. Marshall faced the axe after a scratchy innings of 4 off 11 balls in his only game against Ireland. There was also no place for Ritwik Behera, Ryan Scott and Ali Sheikh who were called into the side after the Covid outbreak in the Ireland series. Jaskaran Malhotra, who has been struggling to find game time since his whirlwind Oman tour, owing to Covid and injuries, has been named in the squad after recuperating from a broken finger which saw him miss two USA home ODI series.
All rounder Ian Holland continues to be off national duty owing to his commitments with Hampshire. Holland brought integral balance with bat and ball in USA’s unbeaten run in the Americas qualifiers. Buoyed by their historic T20I victory against Ireland and recent wins over the likes of Scotland and Oman in 50-over cricket, USA find themselves in line to qualify for their first ever T20 WC. They are grouped together with Jersey, Singapore, and Zimbabwe with two of the four teams set to advance into the semis. A semifinal win will be enough for the Monank Patel-led side to create history and create ripples in the cricketing world.
USA Squad:Monank Patel (Captain), Aaron Jones (Vice-Captain), Ali Khan, Cameron Stevenson, Gajanand Singh, Jaskaran Malhotra, Marty Kain, Nisarg Patel, Rusty Theron, Saurabh Netravalkar, Steven Taylor, Sushant Modani, Yasir Mohammed, Vatsal Vaghela