USA name squad for maiden T20 International series ever against the UAE

The schedule for the 50-overs fixtures is yet to be put forth.

Saurabh Netravalkar
Saurabh Netravalkar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The United States of America (USA) have recently announced a 14-member squad for their first ever T20 International series against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), starting Friday, March 15. The tour comprises of two T20Is and a number of 50-overs matches. The opening T20I is scheduled to be played at the ICC Academy Oval followed by the second encounter at the same venue on March 16.

The schedule for the 50-overs fixtures is yet to be put forth. The team will be led by left-arm pacer Saurabh Netravalkar. Batsman Xavier Marshall and medium-pacer Jasdeep Singh, staked their claim back into the team after missing out the Division 3 games in Oman. The tour is also being seen as a preparation for the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 tournament in Namibia in April this year.


“Xavier and Jessy have done very well of late, with both showing how much they can bring to the squad recently in Antigua and I am certain they will both be great contributors to the squad, ” Ricardo Powell, the Chairman of selectors, was quoted as saying in International Cricket Council’s (ICC) official website.

“We see the UAE tour as being the perfect preparation for ICC World Cricket League 2 and the make-up of this squad has been picked squarely with the focus on the ultimate goal of [ODI] status and progression from World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia,” Powell, also a former Windies cricketer, added.

Fast bowler Muhammad Ali Khan, who was a part of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in December last year, is also a part of the squad.  Alex Amsterdam and Nisrag Patel have been dropped from the squad.

Here is the squad

Saurabh Netravalkar (c), Elmore Hutchinson, Aaron Jones, Nosthush Kenjige, Muhammad Ali Khan, Jan NisarKhan, Jaskaran Malhotra, Xavier Marshall, Monank Patel, Timil Patel, Roy Silva, Jasdeep Singh, Steven Taylor, Hayden Walsh Jr.

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