USA name Qualifier squad, blueprint tour in quest for Australia 2022 ticket

The US have announced their roster for the Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier B as they compete for one of the last two places in Australia 2022.

USA Cricket also announced dates for a pre-season preparation tour, playing two T20s against Namibia and Jersey in Windhoek, ahead of warm-up matches against the Netherlands for their first qualifier on 11 July.

After missing out on the recent Cricket World Cup League 2 tri-series with injury, six-strike record holder Jaskaran Malhotra returns to the squad, which also includes young left poor Orthodox spinner Vatsal Vaghela. Spinning all-rounder Marty Kain earned a spot, while there was no place for Karima Gore or Ian Holland.

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The Americans will take on hosts Singapore and Jersey in a tricky Group A, and must finish in the top two and win a semi-final against an opponent in Group B to tick off this year’s global tournament. Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and Uganda form the other group in the eight-team tournament.

USA Cricket Operations Director Richard Done emphasized the importance of the tournament to the game in the country.

“The ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe is a real opportunity for our men’s national team to make history and qualify for a first Cricket World Cup. We have worked hard to put in place a very strong T20 preparation program with T20 matches against Namibia and Jersey in Windhoek, ahead of a couple of matches against the Netherlands in Harare.

“We know how difficult this qualifying will be with eight quality teams all competing to get on the plane to Australia, but we are hopeful that as a team we can play to the best of our ability.”

Selection USA T20 World Cup Qualifiers: Monank Patel (Captain), Aaron Jones, Ali Khan, Cameron Stevenson, Gajanand Singh, Jaskaran Malhotra, Marty Kain, Nisarg Patel, Rusty Theron, Saurabh Netravalkar, Steven Taylor, Sushant Modani, Yasir Mohammed, Vatsal Vaghela

Schedule (all T20s)

USA in Namibia (exhibition matches)

USA vs Namibia, Windhoek June 30
USA vs Namibia, Windhoek July 1
USA vs Jersey, Windhoek July 2
USA vs Jersey, Windhoek July 3

USA in Zimbabwe

USA vs Netherlands, Harare, July 6 – Warm-up match
USA vs Netherlands, Harare, July 7 – Warm-up match

T20 World Cup Qualifiers B (Group A)

USA vs Jersey, Bulawayo, July 11
USA vs Singapore, Bulawayo, July 12
USA vs Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, July 14

Semifinals/5-8th Place Play-off, Bulawayo, July 15
Final classification match, Bulawayo, July 17

Every ball from the Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier B will be live and free on ICC.tv, with highlights also available after each match.

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