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USA-Ireland ODI Postponed Due To Few More Positive COVID-19 Cases

The ODI between USA and Ireland has been postponed by a day due to a few more positive Covid cases in the camp. The first ODI, which was originally scheduled on December 26, was cancelled after some match officials were tested Covid positive.  Now the rescheduled 2nd ODI will be played on December 29 and followed by another ODI the next day.

A media release by Cricket Ireland confirmed the developments. The players and all the staff members from both sides will undergo another round of testing on Tuesday.

USA and Ireland played 2-match T20I series earlier.


“The One-Day International in the Dafabet USA v Ireland Men’s International Series scheduled for tomorrow has been pushed back by one day to Wednesday 29 December, due to a small number of new positive COVID cases within the playing and support staff groups,” a Cricket Ireland media release said.

“All of the remaining players and support staff have undergone a full suite of antigen testing this evening, all with negative results. If both teams can complete an additional set of negative testing tomorrow, then the series will proceed with the amended dates of 29 December and 30 December. The final match in the series will remain as scheduled on Thursday 30 December which is a Day/Night fixture with a 2 pm start,” the release added.

Earlier both sides played 2-match T20I series which ended on 1-1. Ireland’s Lorcan Tucker played a blinder of knock 84(56) to level the T20I series. He also scored a fifty in the first match when Ireland failed to chase the target of 189

The three umpires who were initially deemed as close contacts to the one positive case in the umpiring group have now all tested negative, and these three umpires now await final ICC confirmation to officiate on 29 and 30 December.”

Following this series, Ireland is set to tour West Indies to play 3 ODIs and 1 T20I starting from January 8. The only T20I could be the farewell match for Chris Gayle. The legendary West Indies player wished to play his final international game in front of his home crowd at Kingston, Jamaica.

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Ireland Cricket Team
Ireland Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

USA vs IRE Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report and Injury Update- Ireland tour of USA, 2021

USA vs IRE Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, and Injury Update of 2nd T20I match between United States of America and Ireland.

USA vs IRE Ireland tour of USA, 2nd T20I Match Preview:

United States of America will take on Ireland in the 2nd T20I on Friday. USA created history by defeating a Test-playing nation in the 1st T20I of the series by 26 runs. A 110-run stand between Sushant Modani and Gajanand Singh for the fifth-wicket was one of the main highlights of the series opener. There is nothing to lose for them as they are already on the safer side and must aim for a 2-0 win.

Ireland, on the other hand, were all over USA in the powerplay, but later we witnessed a different version of them as they leaked plenty of runs. They couldn’t catch up with the required run-rate in the latter half and fell short of the target by 26 runs. They must win this match to level the series.

USA vs IRE Ireland tour of USA, 2nd T20I Match Details:

Venue: Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida

Date & Time: 24th Dec, at 05:30 AM IST

Live Score:  CricketAddictor

USA vs IRE Ireland tour of USA, 2nd T20I Match Pitch Report:

It’s a well-made surface for this format of the game. 350 runs have been scored in the last game played here which shows there is plenty of scope for the batters to score runs. Powerplay will be crucial for both sides in this game.

USA vs IRE Ireland tour of USA, 2nd T20I Match Probable Playing XIs:

USA: Monank Patel (c & wk), Ryan Scott, Xavier Marshall, Ritwik Behera, Sushant Modani, Gajanand Singh, Marty Kain, Nisarg Patel, Saurabh Netravalkar, Ali Khan, Yasir Mohammad

IRE: Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (c), Lorcan Tucker, Curtis Campher, Shane Getkate, Neil Rock (wk), William McClintock, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Ben White

Top Picks for USA vs IRE Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:


Sushant Modani steadied the ship for the USA in the 1st T20I and scored 50 runs from 39 balls, which included 3 fours and a six.

Gajanand Singh showed his true T20 batting skills in the 1st T20I against Ireland and scored 65 runs under pressure when his side was in deep trouble.

Marty Kain has hammered 39 runs in mere 15 balls including three 6’s and three 4’s at a strike rate of 260.

Pacer Ali Khan is the most well-recognized face from the USA unit. He has two wickets to his name in the opener.

Experienced left-arm orthodox Nisarg Patel is a key spinner for the hosts USA. He has taken 2 wickets in the first T20I.


Paul Stirling played his part and provided an excellent start for Ireland in the 1st T20I. He got out after scoring 31 runs from 15 balls, which comprised of 6 fours.

Lorcan Tucker battled extremely hard in the losing cause in the first T20I. He remained unbeaten on 57* runs from 49 balls. He is a must pick for your fantasy teams.

Barry McCarthy was fabulous with the ball in the previous match. He has scalped 4 wickets haul by just conceding 30 runs in his quota of 4 overs.

Simi Singh is a game-changer. He can bowl 4 straight overs without conceding many runs and even a better batter down the order as well. Picked up a wicket in the opner.

Irish skipper Andy Balbirnie will be looking to rebuild after a disappointing T20 World Cup campaign. He has made 1179 runs from 57 T20I matches.

Bowling all-rounder Mark Adair is one of the best T20 players. The all-rounder has contributed 204 runs and 50 wickets from 29 T20I matches. Adair will be the vice-captain for this match.

Bowling all-rounder Curtis Campher is one of the most talented players in Irish cricket at the moment. He has contributed 75 runs and nine scalps from seven T20I matches.

USA vs IRE Must Picks for Dream11 Team Prediction:

Player Statistics (Last 5 matches) Dream11 Points
Sushant Modani 50 runs 67
Gajanand Singh 65 runs 94
Marty Kain 39 runs 56
Barry McCarthy 4 wickets 120
Lorcan Tucker 57 runs 84
Paul Stirling 31 runs 51

USA vs IRE Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:

Captain –  Paul Stirling, Barry McCarthy

Vice-Captain – Gajanand Singh, Lorcan Tucker

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for USA vs IRE Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper- Lorcan Tucker, Monank Patel

Batsmen- Paul Stirling (c), Andy Balbirnie, Gajanand Singh (vc), Sushant Modani

All-Rounders- Nisarg Patel, Simi Singh

Bowlers- Marty Kain, Barry McCarthy, Saurabh Netravalkar

USA vs IRE Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Ireland tour of USA, 2021
USA vs IRE Dream11 Prediction

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for USA vs IRE Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper-  Lorcan Tucker (vc), Monank Patel

Batsmen- Xavier Marshall, Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie, Gajanand Singh

All-Rounders- Simi Singh, Shane Getkate

Bowlers- Barry McCarthy(c), Ali Khan, Saurabh Netravalkar

USA vs IRE Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Ireland tour of USA, 2021
USA vs IRE Dream11 Prediction

USA vs IRE Ireland tour of USA, 2nd T20I Match Probable Winner:

Ireland is expected to win this match between United States of America and Ireland.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.


New Zealand, South Africa, Statistical Highlights
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Top 5 ICC Teams With Many Cricketers Who Have Direct Relations With The Foreign Countries

International cricket is serious about nationality. However, there are some cricketers who have family relations with other countries. Also, there are some cricketers who were born in different countries but serves for the other country. And, there are also some passionate cricketers who have decided to change their nationality to get more opportunities in cricket.

Here we are talking about the top five present ICC teams who have many cricketers with direct relations with the other foreign countries.

South Africa

South Africa, teams, cricketers, relations, foreign, Teams With Many Cricketers Who Have Direct Relations With The Foreign Countries
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Since their return to international cricket, South Africa has entertained us hugely with their positive cricket. Some of their present or recent cricketers have relations with other foreign countries.

Hashim Amla, the former South African batsman, is an Indian-origin cricketer. Meanwhile the left-arm spin bowling all-rounder Keshav Maharaj and left-arm spinner Senuran Muthusamy are also the Indian-origins.

On the other hand, the leg-spinner Imran Tahir was not only born in Pakistan, but he also played for the Pakistan U19 side in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 1998.

Dane Piedt, South Africa, USA
Dane Piedt. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Dane Piedt Quits South African Cricket to Begin a New Journey in USA

The 30-year-old South African cricketer Dane Piedt has decided to quit South African cricket to pursue his dream in the United States cricket. He is also dreaming of serving for the United States national cricket team in the future ICC tournaments.

On last Friday (27th March), the off-spinner Piedt announced his new journey in his cricket career. On his official Twitter account, he posted a picture of signing the contract and captioned it “To new beginning” along with the USA flag and champagne glasses.

While the USA Cricket is going to organise the Minor League T20 tournament, Piedt has signed a contract to feature in this tournament.

However, he hasn’t got a team yet while he can choose one among New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or Seattle.

Dane Piedt
Dane Piedt (Image Credit: Twitter)

While Piedt will now play in the USA, he has also wished to serve for the USA national cricket team in future as well as participate for them in the ICC tournaments.

In the last year, the USA got the ODI status to compete in the 2019–22 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2.

Piedt told ESPNcricinfo, “The USA were given ODI status last year so it’s not completely out of the question.”

It was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up: Dane Piedt

Due to the COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak, many countries are going through the complete lockdown process to beat the virus. While the Minor League T20 tournament has been initially planned to begin on 11th July 2020, it is currently doubtful to start on time.

Talking about deciding to participate in the USA cricket, Piedt pointed out the financial and lifestyle reasons.

Dane Piedt
Dane Piedt (Image Credit: Twitter)

Piedt added, “I just signed the deal this morning but no-one really knows when I will be able to travel. It was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up, financially and for lifestyle reasons, but it was still a tough decision to make.”

Dane Piedt’s career for South Africa

Dane Piedt made his international debut for South Africa in August 2014 during the Harare Test against the host side Zimbabwe.

He played nine Tests for South Africa where the off-spinner took 26 wickets, including one five-wicket haul. Piedt last time served for South Africa during the Ranchi Test against the hosts India in last October.

Dane Piedt
Dane Piedt (Image Credit: Twitter)

In the 2018/19 domestic cricket season, Piedt was the most wicket-taker in the first-class tournament (2018–19 CSA 4-Day Franchise Series). The Cape Cobras off-spinner took 54 wickets in that tournament.

USA, Nepal, Joint Lowest ODI Total, Lowest ODI Total,
Nepal crush USA. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Nepal Rattles USA For 35; Becomes Joint-Lowest Total in ODI History

On Wednesday (12th February), Nepal registered their record ODI victory after bundling the United States of America (USA) for the joint-lowest total in ODI history.

It was the last game in Nepal ODI triangular series (Nepal, Oman and USA), which was the part of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2. After winning the toss in the last game of this series, the hosts Nepal decided to field first.

Nepal took just 12 overs to strangulate their opponent USA, who managed to score only 35 runs – the joint-lowest total in ODI history. Apart from the opening batsman Xavier Marshall (16), all other batsmen failed to reach the double-digit scores in that innings.

USA, Nepal, Nepal vs USA, lowest ODI total
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Among the Nepal bowlers, Sandeep Lamichhane had the bowling figures of  6-1-16-6, and Sushan Bhari had the bowling figures of 3-1-5-4.

Nepal, USA, Nepal vs USA, lowest ODI total
Sandeep Lamichhane (Image Credit: ICC)

In reply, Nepal successfully chased down that target in just 5.2 overs after losing both the openers. Though the openers failed in that tiny chase, Paras Khadka (20*) and Dipendra Singh Airee (15*) secured that easy victory without any further damage. It was their fastest run chase in ODI history.

Among the USA bowlers, only Nosthush Kenjige managed to pick up two wickets in his first over (second over of that innings).

Oman finished as the winner of this tri-series as they won all the four matches of this series and collected eight points. While Nepal won both the games against the USA in this series (four points), the USA failed to open the point account in this series.

Some crucial stats of the match: Nepal vs USA

i) The USA were bundled out for just 35 runs. It is the joint lowest ODI total in history, as Zimbabwe was the team which managed just 35 in 18 overs against Sri Lanka on 25th of April 2004 at Harare Sports Club.

Lowest ODI totals

Team Total (Overs) Opposition Venue Date
Zimbabwe 35 (18) Sri Lanka Harare 25th April 2004
USA 35 (12) Nepal Kirtipur                12th February 2020
Canada 36 (18.4) Sri Lanka Paarl 19th February 2003
Zimbabwe 38 (15.4) Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 8th December 2001
Pakistan 43 (19.5) West Indies Cape Town 25th February 1993
Sri Lanka 43 (20.1) South Africa Paarl 11th January 2012

ii) The USA only managed to play 12 overs in their innings. It is the fastest all-out in ODI history. The previous record was 13.5 overs by Zimbabwe (54 runs) against Afghanistan at Harare on 26th February 2017.

iii) Sandeep Lamichhane had the bowling figures of 6-1-16-6. It was the first time when a Nepal bowler claimed a six-wicket haul in ODI cricket. Also, it was the seventh-best bowling figures in ODI history by a spinner.

USA, Nepal, Nepal vs USA, lowest ODI total
Sandeep Lamichhane (Image Credit: ICC)

iv) Nepal won the match by eight wickets with 268 balls remaining. It was the fourth-fastest successful chasing in ODI history.

Rusty Theron, USA
Rusty Theron (Image Credit: Google)

Former South African International Player Rusty Theron Ready To Debut For USA

Former South African medium-pacer Rusty Theron is all set to make debut for the USA national cricket team. The USA Cricket has recently added the 34-year-old cricketer for the upcoming home ODI tri-series.

It will be the first-ever home ODI experience for the USA national cricket team. Apart from the hosts, Papua New Guinea and Namibia are the other teams in this ODI tri-series. This tri-series will run from 13th September to 23rd September where every team will face the other teams for twice. Central Broward Regional Park (Lauderhill, Florida) will host this tri-series, where recently Windies and India played two T20Is.

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Rusty Theron, USA
USA team (Image Credit: ICC)

This upcoming ODI tri-series in the USA is a part of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2. There is no tri-series final, so, the points table leader will win the trophy.

On Monday (9th September), the USA Cricket has named the 14-member squad for the forthcoming home ODI tri-series. Rusty Theron has earned the opportunity to represent the USA national cricket team in the upcoming series.

Rusty Theron represented South Africa from 2010 to 2012

Theron played four ODIs and nine T20Is for South Africa where he took 12 wickets in both those limited-overs formats. He made his international debut on 8th October 2010 with the T20I cricket against Zimbabwe at Bloemfontein. A week later, he made his ODI debut (15th October 2010) against the same team at the same venue.

Rusty Theron, USA
Rusty Theron (Image Credit: Google)

Theron’s last ODI was on 2nd November 2010 against Pakistan at Dubai (DSC). Meanwhile, his last T20I was against India at Johannesburg on 30th March 2012.

Now, Theron is ready for his new international journey.

Apart from 54 first-class games, Rusty Theron has played 97 List A matches and 120 T20s. The right-arm medium-pacer has taken 162 List A and 135 T20 wickets along with 169 first-class wickets.

Read More: Stephen Fleming Named As Head Coach Of Nottingham-Based Side In The Hundred

Theron also played in Indian Premier League (IPL) from 2010 to 2015. In IPL, he served Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals (RR). He played 10 IPL matches and picked up a total of nine wickets in IPL career.

Kiran More, USA, interim coach
Kiran More (Image Credit: Google)

Kiran More Is The New Interim Coach Of The USA Cricket Team

Former Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More has been appointed as the interim coach of the USA men’s national cricket team. Also, the former Indian cricketers Sunil Joshi and Pravin Amre have taken the advisor roles of this team.

In last month, Kiran More became director of cricket of the USA national cricket team. Now, he has taken the interim coach role after the resignation of the previous head coach Pubudu Dassanayake.

Under Pubudu Dassanayake’s tenure, the USA team have regained the ODI status in last April after finishing in the third position in the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two. Their ODI status will remain until 2022.

Dassanayake’s initial contract with this side ended in last March. However, he earned the contract extension until the end of this year. But due to differences with the USA Cricket, Dassanayake decided to end this contract prematurely. Dassanayake had taken this role in November 2016.

Now, Kiran More has replaced Dassanayake, and the former Indian wicketkeeper will play the interim coach role for this team. The 56-year-old More played 49 Tests and 94 ODIs for India from 1984 to 1993.

After his cricket career, More served as the Chairman of the selection committee of the Indian national cricket team. He also played the role of wicketkeeping-consultant for the IPL team Mumbai Indians (MI).

Sunil Joshi and Pravin Amre also join the USA cricket team

On the other hand, Sunil Joshi is the new advisor for spin bowling of the USA national cricket team. Recently, after the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup campaign, Joshi left the spin bowling coach role of Bangladesh national cricket team. In this Cricket World Cup tournament, Bangladesh finished in the eighth position out of the ten teams.

Kiran More, USA, interim coach
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Also, Pravin Amre has taken the batting advisory role of the USA national cricket team. Amre will jointly play this role along with the Caribbean cricketer Kieran Powell. Meanwhile, David Saker and James Pamment have joined this team as the fast bowling advisor and fielding advisor respectively.

Kiran More, USA, interim coach
Pravin Amre (Image Credit: Getty Images)

We’re very fortunate that so many accomplished coaches want to work with USA Cricket – the Chairman of USA Cricket

The Chairman of USA Cricket, Paraag Marathe thanked Pubudu Dassanayake for his powerful role. Moreover, Marathe is happy to see the enormous interests of many accomplished coaches to work with the USA Cricket.

Marathe said, “I want to thank Pubudu for the work that he’s done over the past few years to help the team reach ODI status. He is an extremely accomplished coach and a person of great integrity and strong values and his contribution to USA Cricket is valued by us all. He leaves USA Cricket at this time with our best wishes for the future.

“We’re very fortunate that so many accomplished coaches want to work with USA Cricket. The coaching advisors we have assembled stand among the very best in the world and we believe that these individuals and the new structure, can help to take the USA National Team to the next level and provide the best chance possible of succeeding in the upcoming qualification tournament.”

The USA team is getting ready for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier, Regional Finals. This tournament will run from 18 to 25 August in Bermuda. Four teams will participate in this competition, and these teams are Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands and the USA.


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