The USA cricket is set to get a boost as the ICC (International Cricket Council) will organize trials in the USA to reform their cricket structure. ICC has planned to hold player combine trials in eight cities from April to June in this year. During the trial period, the coaches from WICB (West Indies Cricket Board) and CA (Cricket Australia) are expected to take part in each city while ICC Americas high-performance consultant Tom Evans and former Australia fielding coach Mike Young will head of the evaluation panel.
In September 2015, a regional ICC Americas combine was held in Indianapolis. It offered nearly 100 men’s players from the various region of America (USA, Canada, Bermuda, Suriname, Cayman Islands and Argentina) to compete for a spot in a 15-man squad at the WICB Nagico Super50 2015-16. Then also, six players received Caribbean Premier League contracts.
However, USA women’s team has not played in an ICC regional qualification tournament since 2012. The USA women cricket is suffering a lack of official cricket matches.
Evans told ESPNcricinfo about the women’s cricket, “There’s been quite a lot of people who have said to us that women’s cricket is alive and well and that they should be provided more opportunities. This is an opportunity to get some momentum going for the women’s game. For any women who want to be part of the national set-up and part of cricket in the US in general, we would encourage them to be a part of this process.”
Evans added, “We won’t turn away any girls, that’s for sure because it’s a big focus. We sort of know from what people say that northern California and New York are sort of the two main hubs for women’s cricket. If we got an overwhelming response for the combine, then we’d be rapt with that but we haven’t seen necessarily that there’s a huge number of female players across the country. We hope that will change.”
On the other hand, for the men’s cricket, Evans lighted in the positive side by saying, “I think [Alex] Amsterdam was an example of that at the Indy combine who made runs but didn’t necessarily blaze the ball. But he showed even within 20-over cricket batting for 10-15 overs that he would be a good 50-over cricketer because he had the ability to stay at the crease, looked to rotate the strike and when he was under pressure didn’t lose the plot.”
Evans added further, “You can still get a really good indication of guys’ suitability to different formats by just seeing them in match situations and we have some pretty experienced guys who are part of the coaching evaluation panel. If on a Sunday we’re clear on who some of the best players are, we might try and give them an extended opportunity to prove themselves in a slightly longer game, whether it’s 50 overs or 40 or 30.”
The USA trial locations along with dates:
|April 7-10||Los Angeles (men only)|
|April 14-17||San Francisco (women & U-17 only)|
|April 21-24||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|May 19-22||Washington, D.C.|
|June 2-5||New Jersey (men only)|
|June 9-12||New York|