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Cricket in America Thread
« on: December 02, 2020, 12:33:29 AM »
Welcome LA Knight Riders.
T&T Guardian Reports.


Cricket in America has received a major shot in the arm with the arrival of the Knight Riders franchise.

CEO of Red Chillies Entertainment the owners of the Knight Riders brand, Venky Mysore speaking on the cricket site cricket360.org Tuesday said that the brand has come into America and will be taking part in the USA Cricket Major League tournament.

Mysore said, "We are happy to be involved. We have a major sports brand and the people there reached out to us. We were interested and then got sold on the idea after we saw the business model.

"We will be taking the LA (Los Angeles) franchise but more than that we will be part owners of the league. In the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) where we own the franchise Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR), we run that and only that assisting in making the league a success. However, now we have a stake in the league as well and all owners will have a stake which is good."

The highly respected Mysore has been included on the American Cricket Entertainment (ACE) board which owns the league.

 "I am on the board and will lend my experience to the set-up," said Mysore, who explained that the move by the Knight Riders brand was done to as a result as their development model.

"When you look at IPL it is condensed within a two-month period. Then you look at CPL and it goes for about six weeks. I told the owners that in order to take their brand forward, they needed to go worldwide because if you own five or six franchises then you will have cricket being all the time around the year. It means that the brand will be out there all the time, your fan base will grow, and economically it will work out well for us."

Red Chillies Entertainment owns the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the CPL, and the Cape Town Knight Riders in South Africa. They will now be the owners of the LA Knight Riders in the US Major League. The tournament is expected to be played for the first time in June/July 2022.

"As I have told the other board members, there is an old saying that you only have one chance to make a first impression. So let's take our time and make sure that this is done properly. That time around June/July will be the summertime and it will be great to host this tournament. It means that it comes in between the IPL and the CPL which will work fine for the brand," said Mysore.


Venky Mysore, CEO of Red Chillies Entertainment the owners of the Knight Riders brand.

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Re: Cricket in America Thread
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2020, 06:37:47 AM »
Skerritt sees no threat from USA's recruitment drive
JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH (T&T NEWSDAY).


USA Cricket and its commercial partners American Cricket Enterprise (ACE) are presently on an international recruitment drive seeking new players for its recently launched Minor and Major Cricket League.

Having attained One-Day International (ODI) status by placing fourth at the World Cricket League 2019 Division Two Tournament, USA Cricket is now on a global scouting campaign to gather resources towards increasing the sport’s popularity there.

On Monday, the Knight Riders Group, majority owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, agreed to partner with ACE for a major long-term investment in US cricket.

A joint media release by Major League Cricket and Knight Riders said this long-term partnership will include financial investment and significant expertise to help ACE develop and launch Major League Cricket in the USA.

According to a Cricinfo report on Thursday, “Pakistan Test opener (Sami) Aslam has been the most recent target of such efforts while multiple sources have indicated that New Zealand all-rounder (Corey) Anderson is another, potentially as a marquee player for the Major League T20 franchise based in Dallas.”

The WI is the closest international cricketing territory to the US. The chances of some of the region’s up-and-coming talents being scouted by the USA in the near future is indeed a possibility.

Also potentially up-for-grabs for aspiring cricketers is “a three-year residency path to switch allegiances and represent USA internationally”.

Would residency and a possibility to fly the red, white and blue be deemed equivalent or superior than representing the men in maroon? Are the WI, and other international territories, now at risk of losing potential stars owing to attractive incentives by USA Cricket?

Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt does not believe USA’s recent developments poses any risk towards the region’s budding cricketing prospects.

“I don’t see this as a threat at all. I see it as a very positive development. With more and better quality cricket taking place in the USA market, next door to us, can only help provide job and commercial opportunities for cricketers, supporting acts and professionals involved in the cricket industry,” he said on Friday.

Speaking in reference to Barbadian-born English pacer Jofra Archer, who moved to England in 2015 and began playing for the Three Lions in 2018, Skerritt said the possibility of losing cricketing hopefuls is uncontrollable.

However, he thinks mitigating against that risk by continuing to do better at developing young cricketers, male and female, would inspire youngsters to remain loyal to regional territory.

Skerritt added, “We have to understand that a lot of Caribbean people migrate and a lot of them have family abroad. It’s very easy for young people to find their way into North America. If they can play cricket and get into a cricket system, so much the better.

“We just have to deal with what we have. We can’t control that. What we can control is our ability to develop our cricket here in the Caribbean and generate a larger pool of players that we can pull from.”

The CWI president welcomes change. According to him, because the WI served as the nearest full member (of the International Cricket Council) to the USA and Canada – associated members – they was expected to play a big brother role to the two North American members.

But with USA Cricket implementing a new organisational structure, over the years, WI are no longer responsible in any way for cricket development within the two nations.

Pakistan-born American pacer Ali Khan is a product of USA Cricket. He has since made a name for himself on the T20 circuit by playing integral roles in leading the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) to two Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victories in 2018 and 2020.

His CPL achievements also earned him a place on the Indian Premier League’s Kolkota Knight Riders squad this year.

Additionally, in 2019, leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr, then representing USA Cricket, got his chance to shine, leading Barbados Tridents to the 2019 CPL title and winning the Player of the Tournament award.

He went on to earn a spot on the WI T20 and ODI teams and became the ninth player to represent two nations in T20 cricket, having previously played for USA.

Skerritt, however, indicated that because of the good relations that have developed between the three territories over the years, WI continues to maintain its presence and still assist where needed.

“We usually bring a Canada and US team into our domestic cricket in the past and we will continue to do that where we can afford to or where the opportunities lie. Covid19 kind of changes that.

"In the end, changes or not, players opting to switch allegiances or not, what’s good for cricket in USA and Canada, is good for WI. More competition is healthy. It might provide a few positive challenges but we just got to do better at what we have control over,” he concluded.

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Re: Cricket in America Thread
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2020, 11:18:52 AM »
T&T spinners, Gayle lead Atlanta to US T20 win
JELANI BECKLES (T&T NEWSDAY).


T&T spinners Akeal Hosein and Khary Pierre, along with a patient innings from Chris Gayle, led Atlanta Param Veers to a six-wicket victory on the opening day of the 12th edition of the US Open Cricket T20 tournament at Central Broward Regional Park in Florida, USA, on Tuesday.

Batting first, 22 Yards Sultan scored 111 in 18.5 overs with Guyanese Sherfane Rutherford scoring 33 in 44 deliveries with three fours. Ahad Malek pitched in with 21 to help boost the team’s total.

Bowling for Param Veers, South African pacer Wayne Parnell took 3/29 and the pair of Hosein and Pierre ended with identical figures of 2/19 in four overs.

In response, Param Veers scored 114/4 in 19.4 overs to wrap up the victory. Steven Taylor cracked 46 not out off 47deliveries with three fours and two sixes.

Gayle did not play in his usual attacking style as he struck 39 off 41 balls.

Dane Piedt picked up 2/17 in four overs.

The T&T pair of Mark Deyal and Leonardo Julien lined up for Brampton Pacers in the opening match of the tournament.

Deyal had a decent all round match grabbing 2/16 in four overs and scoring 15 to help Pacers to a four-wicket win over Afghan Zwanan. Julien contributed 14.

Zwanan posted 133/9 in 20 overs batting first with Zia Shahzad scoring 39 and Syed Abdullah hitting 23.

Salman Nazar was the best bowler for Pacers with 3/26 and Junaid Siddiqui took 2/25.

In reply, Pacers got to 135/6 in 18.5 overs with Ranveer Singh cracking 31 and Asad Zaidi belting 27 not out.

Guyanese fast bowler Ronsford Beaton was the chief destroyer for Zwanan taking 2/27 in 3.5 overs.

After press time last night Group A began with a match between Somerset Cavaliers and SAMP Army.

The teams have been split into two groups of four with the top two teams in each group advancing to the semifinals.

The preliminary phase ends on Friday, the semifinals will be played on Saturday and final bowls off on Sunday.

Group A will feature Somerset Cavaliers, SAMP Army, US All Stars and Punjab Blues. In Group B the teams battling for a place in the semifinals are Brampton Pacers, Afghan Zwanan, Atlanta Param Veers and 22 Yards Sultan.

SUMMARISED SCORES

22 YARDS 111 (18.5 overs) (Sherfane Rutherford 33, Ahad Malek 21; Wayne Parnell 3/29, Akeal Hosein 2/19, Khary Pierre 2/19) vs ATLANTA PARAM VEERS 114/4 (19.4 overs) (Steven Taylor 46 not out, Chris Gayle 39; Dane Piedt 2/17) Param Veers won by six wickets

AFGHAN ZWANAN 133/9 (Zia Shahzad 39, Syed Abdullah 23; Salman Nazar 3/26, Mark Deyal 2/16, Junaid Siddiqui 2/25) vs BRAMPTON PACERS 135/6 (18.5 overs) (Ranveer Singh 31, Asad Zaidi 27 not out; Ronsford Beaton 2/27) Pacers won by four wickets

WEDNESDAY FIXTURES

Atlanta Param Veers vs Brampton Pacers, 11 am

US All Stars vs Punjab Blues, 2.30 pm

22 Yards Sultan CC vs Afghan Zwanan CC, 6 pm

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Re: Cricket in America Thread
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2020, 10:59:50 AM »
Gonzalo humbles US All Stars
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SUNRISE/FL - USA: Tobago's Navin Stewart continued to make waves in US cricket when he grabbed three wickets for Somerset Cavaliers to take them to victory over the US All Stars at the US Open T20 tournament at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday night.

Batting first Somerset with their powerful line-up was restricted to 154 for seven off their 20 overs, with the spin twins Qureshi and Rajesh Sharma bowling well.

The all-rounder grabbed the wicket of the dangerous Russell who slammed two sixes in a 19-ball 19 before Qureshi removing Guyanese Chanderpaul Hemraj for a well-played 43. Hemraj opening the batting faced 35 balls, hitting three sixes and two fours. When he left the score was 86/5 and US All Stars would have been hoping to run through the lower order but it didn't happen. Ali Imran cracked an unbeaten 49 off 30 balls with four sixes and a four to take Somerset beyond the 150-run mark. Qureshi finished with 3/35, while Sharma who had four wickets in the first game, took 2/16.

Chasing 155 to win, US All Stars lost wickets regularly including that of talented opener Zeeshan Ashraf for 21. US player Jaskaran Malhothra held the innings together but his 48-ball 53 was not enough. Stewart mixing his deliveries up nicely was able to grab three 3/23 to be the star bowler.

SCORES: Somerset Cavaliers 154/7 (20) (Ali Imran 49no, Chandrapaul Hemraj 43, Zishawn Qureshi 3/35, Rajesh Sharma 2/16) vs US All Stars 145/8 (Jaskaran Malhothra 53, Zeeshan Ashraf 21, Ravinderpal Singh 23, Damien Rowe 23, Navin Stewart 3/23, Andre Russell 2/16).

<Punjab Blues prevail in wickets fest>

SUNRISE/FL - USA: Punjab Blues won their first match of the US Open T20 tournament when they got the better of SAMP Army in their clash at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.

A total of 17 wickets fell in the match for a combined 147 runs as bowlers held sway. None better than Tirth Patel who claimed four wickets for three runs to cripple the SAMP Army batting, as they fell for just 73 runs. Mujtaba was the only batsman who offered resistance getting 22 off 22 balls.

Chasing 74 for victory, Punjab made a meal of the target and got home for the loss of seven wickets with four overs and four balls to spare.

They lost wickets early but a valuable 15 from Jay Singh kept them in the game and some small but significant contributions from the middle and lower order took them over the line. Bowling for SAMP Army Gaurav Khanna 3/20 and Sanjay Stanley 2/8 played well but they never had enough runs to defend. With the win, Punjab now has a win and a loss, while SAMP Army has lost both their games.

SCORES: SAMP Army 73 all out (18.3) (Mujtaba Tariq 22no, Tirth Patel 4/3, Rranaq Sharma 2/19, Aziz Fazsley 2/18) vs Punjab Blues 74/7 (15.2) (Jay Singh 15, Gaurav Khanna 3/20, Sanjay Stanley 2/8) - Punjab Blues won by 3 wkts.

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