Team USA to play practice games against CPL franchises
The United States of America cricket team will play two matches against Hero Caribbean Premier League sides in the lead up to the tournament-hosting four games in Lauderhill, Florida on August 5 and 6.
The practice matches will take place at the Central Broward Regional Stadium. The first game will see Team USA play the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at 10:00h on August 2. The second will see the USA take on the Jamaica Tallawahs at 10:00h on August 3.
The Hero CPL sides feature some of the biggest names in cricket with the Tallawahs having the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Shakib Al Hasan in their squad and the Patriots have the talents of Chris Gayle, Ben Cutting and Samuel Badree at their disposal.
USA Chairman of Selectors, Ricardo Powell said: “These matches are a great opportunity for Team USA to compete against some of the best in the world. Initiatives such as these are of critical importance for the development of our playing group and we are grateful to the CPL, St. Kitts Patriots and Jamaica Tallawahs for arranging these practice matches in the lead up to the USA-leg of the tournament.”
Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of Hero CPL, said: “The Hero CPL is firmly committed to spreading the game of cricket in the USA and these matches are just another example of this. We see so much potential for growth of cricket in the USA and we want to make sure we are doing all we can to help that cause.”
The Team USA squad reads: Fahad Babar, Syed Abdullah, Roy Silva, Davion Davidson, Nisarg Patel, Mrunal Patel, Camilus Alexander, Jaskaran Malhotra, Elmore Hutchinson, Jasdeep Singh, Nosthush Kenjige, Muhammad Ghous, Usman Rafiq and Japen Patel. (CPLT20)