Monank Patel Named USA T20 Captain

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Monank Patel named USA T20 captain. Monank has been omnipresent with USA across formats since his USA debut in September 2018

Monank Patel Named USA T20 CaptainMonank has been omnipresent with USA across formats since his USA debut in September 2018

Monank Patel will replace Saurabh Netravalkar as USA's new T20I captain. According to Chair of the Men's National Selection Panel, Michael Voss, Netravalkar requested the opportunity to focus fully on his bowling in T20Is. Monank will lead USA's campaign at the ICC Americas T20 WC Qualifier in November, while middle order batsman Aaron Jones has been named as his deputy.

It wouldn't be too naive to assume Netravalkar's captaincy was on thin ice after USA lost eight out of their last nine World Cup League 2 ODIs. It was also under his leadership in 2019 that USA failed to book a berth at the T20 WC Global Qualifier after Canada and Bermuda hammered USA twice at the ICC Americas Qualifiers. While there is no question over Netravalkar's ability with the ball in either of the white ball formats, the argument against the utility of split captaincy is expected to gather steam especially for an associate country given the amount of cricket or the lack of it.

The change of guard however means that it is the 28-year-old Monank Patel's moment in the sun. Monank has been omnipresent with USA across formats since his USA debut against Panama in September 2018. Being the batting mainstay of USA in the 50 over format, Monank batted his way out of a career slump in Oman, plundering 238 runs at an average of 59.5 after a horrid Nepal tour back in 2020.

USA has made as many as 5 changes to their last T20I tournament squad dating back to August 2019. Trinbago Knight Riders fast bowler Ali Khan is back in the USA fold after a hiatus of over 2 years. A T20 globetrotter now, Khan played his last game for USA in April 2019. Ian Holland also returns to bolster the USA middle order after making himself unavailable for USA's Oman tour due to his commitments with Hampshire in the English county circuit.

Dropped from the tour of Oman, Xavier Marshall has been rewarded for a fine showing in the Minor League T20, amassing over 500 runs in 15 innings at a rollicking strike rate of 147. Left-handed batsman Gajanand Singh has been retained from the squad that toured Oman. Singh scored 57 in his two outings in Oman while enduring a lacklustre MiLC scoring a paltry 68 runs in 6 innings. Another notable inclusion in the squad is that of 29-year-old left arm spinner Trinson Carmichael from New York. Carmichael impressed in the MiLC for the Empire State Titans bowling miserly spells at an economy of 4.9 with 21 wickets in 18 games.

While MiLC was hailed as one of the primary pathways of selection to the US men's T20 team, little has been done to put words to deeds. The exclusion of the explosive Ryan Scott, who destroyed some of the finest attacks in the tournament with 446 runs in 13 innings along with an astronomical strike rate of 181 and two sensational hundreds is difficult to fathom. Similarly other performers like the young left arm spinner Vatsal Vaghela (29 wickets), Damion Jacobs (32 wickets) and Sanjay Krishnamurthy (average of 43 with the bat and 16 wickets in 10 games) were overlooked despite some stellar performances. It is also noteworthy that in the day and age where wrist spinners rule the roost in T20s, USA do not have the luxury of even one wrist spinner in the announced squad.


Monank Patel (c), Aaron Jones (vc), Ali Khan, Elmore Hutchinson, Gajanand Singh, Ian Holland, Jaskaran Malhotra, Karima Gore, Nisarg Patel, Rusty Theron, Saurabh Netravalkar, Steven Taylor, Trinson Carmichael, Xavier Marshall

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