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USA national cricket team:History,News, players, Future

The United States of America is a powerhouse in the world of sports, boasting an impressive array of legendary athletes across various disciplines. The likes of Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Serena Williams, and Michael helps have all left an indelible mark on their respective sports. Moreover, the country has a rich history of success in the Olympics, having won a staggering more than 1174 gold medals combined in both the Summer and Winter Games.

According to the cricket sports,USA play big role and struggled to reach second largest sports. t the USA National Cricket Team, despite its efforts, has not been able to reach in the top 20 T20I teams according to the ICC Rankings, raising questions about the team’s performance and its prospects in the upcoming 2024 ICC T20 Cricket World Cup.

History of cricket in USA:

In recent times, though the USA men’s cricket team is not at the forefront of the sport, you will be shocked to know that the first ever international cricket match in cricket history was played between the USA cricket team players and the Canada Cricket Team in 1844. It is also said that the first ever President of the USA, George Washington was also a huge admirer of cricket. As time passed, another similar sport, Baseball, started gaining mass popularity in the country.

Cricket, which was once popular in the USA, started losing its ground to baseball in the 1850s and 1860s. This happened partly because baseball changed its rules to attract more fans. This included using round baseball bats, which were easily manufactured, instead of flat-face ones like in cricket. Also, cricket in the late 19th century, in the USA, stayed mostly for the wealthy as an amateur sport. In this period, other countries like England and Australia were going professional. American cricket clubs did not catch up with this trend, staying exclusive and elitist. Baseball became the favourite sport in the USA by 1900, and cricket’s international organization, the Imperial Cricket Conference (now ICC – International Cricket Council), only made it worse by limiting their membership only to British Empire countries. This restricted the growth of cricket outside the commonwealth countries and completely in the United States.

After the complete formation of ICC, as we know it today, in 1965, the USA was granted the status of an associate nation and has ever since played every edition of the ICC Trophy (also known as the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers). Today, the only major tournaments that the USA Cricket Team competes in are the ICC tournaments for Associate Nations like the ICC Trophy, and the World Cricket League (an ODI Tournament for teams without the Test Status). This will change with the USA Cricket Team set to participate in the 2024 ICC T20 Cricket World Cup which could turn out to be a massive event for the growth of cricket once again in the country.

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Whose players on USA Cricket team for the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup?

USA Cricket team for the 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup
USA Cricket team for the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

The USA Cricket team for the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup includes the following players:

  1. Monank Patel (Captain) – Batsman/Wicketkeeper
  2. Aaron Jones (Vice-captain) – Batsman
  3. Andries Gous – Wicketkeeper
  4. Corey Anderson – All-rounder
  5. Ali Khan – Bowler
  6. Harmeet Singh – Bowler/All-rounder
  7. Jessy Singh – Bowler
  8. Milind Kumar – All-rounder
  9. Nisarg Patel – All-rounder
  10. Nitish Kumar – Batsman
  11. Nosthush Kenjige – Bowler
  12. Saurabh Netravalkar – Bowler
  13. Shadley Van Schalkwyk – All-rounder
  14. Steven Taylor – Batsman
  15. Shayan Jahangir – Batsman

Reserve Players:

  1. Gajanand Singh – Batsman
  2. Juanoy Drysdale – All-rounder
  3. Yasir Mohammad – Bowler

why USA is low on icc ranking?

The United States cricket team has struggled to make a significant impact on the global stage, as evidenced by their current ranking of 23rd in the ICC T20I Team Rankings and 18th in the ICC ODI Team Rankings. This low ranking can be attributed to a combination of historical factors that have hindered the development of cricket in the country.
Cricket has not been as widely popular in the United States as sports like baseball, basketball, and American football. This lack of popularity has resulted in limited resources and investment in developing cricket infrastructure and talent pathways. The United States has struggled to establish a stable domestic cricket structure.
Current State of the National Team

The United States national cricket team currently ranks 23rd in the ICC T20I Team Rankings and 18th in the ICC ODI Team Rankings. Despite these rankings, the team has shown glimpses of promise in recent years. With the right investment in infrastructure, coaching, and player development programs, the team can climb up the ICC rankings in the future.

Upcoming Tournaments and Fixtures

The USA national cricket team is set to participate in the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup as the hosts. The team will also play a match against India, which is expected to garner significant attention from both American and Indian fans.

Schedule of Future Matches

The schedule for the upcoming matches and tournaments is as follows:

  • 2024 ICC T20 World Cup: The USA national cricket team will participate in the tournament as the hosts, with matches scheduled across various venues in the United States.

Expectations and Preparations

USA Cricket is working on recruiting its next CEO to help build the organization and become the certified National Governing Body (NGB) for cricket in the USA. The organization is committed to making changes for the continuous improvement of the organization and cricket in the USA.

Recap of the USA National Cricket Team’s Journey

The USA national cricket team has a long way to go in becoming a cricket superpower. Despite the challenges, the team has shown glimpses of promise and is working towards improving its infrastructure and talent pathways. The team’s participation in the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup is a significant step forward in its development.

FAQs

  • What is the current ranking of the USA National Cricket Team?
    • The USA national cricket team currently ranks 23rd in the ICC T20I Team Rankings and 18th in the ICC ODI Team Rankings.
  • Who are the star players to watch in the USA team?
    • Standout players include Ali Khan and captain Monank Patel.
  • How can young players join the USA National Cricket Team?
    • Young players can join the team by participating in local cricket leagues and tournaments, and by following the selection process outlined by USA Cricket.
  • What are the main challenges facing USA Cricket?
    • The main challenges include lack of full-time staff, sanctions and funding suspensions, and controversial selection processes.
  • How can fans support and engage with the team?
    • Fans can support and engage with the team by following USA Cricket’s social media channels, attending matches, and participating in local cricket leagues and tournaments.

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