The United States of America (USA) has named a 14-man squad, which comprises four uncapped players, for the tour of Oman in September. The upcoming tour will mark the resumption of international cricket in the USA. For the unversed, USA hasn’t featured in any international match for the last 18 months due to the Covid-19 scare.
The USA is scheduled to play two ODIs against PNG and a World Cup Qualifier League 2 tri-series, involving Oman and Nepal. Talking about the USA’s squad for the Oman tour, they have made 6 changes to their last series against Nepal. Xavier Marshall Akshay Homraj, Timil Patel missed out on the opportunity to get into the squad. Besides, bowlers Cameron Stevenson and Rusty Theron have made themselves unavailable due to personal reasons. Add to that, Ian Holland is also unavailable for the tour. To replace the aforementioned players, the selectors have roped in Jaskaran Malhotra, Jasdeep Singh, Gajanand Singh, Abhishek Paradkar, Sushant Modani, and Dominique Rikhi.
Abhishek Paradkar is a 20-year pacer who was born in the USA. He later moved to India and was took the trainer under the current USA coach in India. For the unversed, he has also represented Hyderabad Under 16s in the BCCI age-group tournament. He currently plays for the USA and also for Leeds Bradford MCCU in the UK.
29-year old batsman, Rikhi was born in Guyana. He currently resides in New Jersey. Paradkar was born in the US before moving to India. He has represented Hyderabad U16s in the BCCI age-group tournament.
USA Squad: Saurabh Netravalkar (C), Aaron Jones (VC), Abhishek Pharadkar, Dominique Rikhi, Elmore Hutchinson, Gajanand Singh, Jasdeep Singh, Jaskaran Malhotra, Karima Gore, Monank Patel, Nisarg Patel, Noshtush Kenjige, Steven Taylor, Sushant Modani, Kyle Philip (Travelling Reserve)*
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