USA Cricketers Magazine - May Edition

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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024

Nassau County Cricket Stadium Installs Pitch, Hits Milestone

The International Cricket Council (ICC) proudly announced today the crucial phase of construction at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York with the transportation and installation of the pitches that will serve as the centerpiece of the playing surface.

Ten drop-in pitches have been prepared in Florida since late December, employing proprietary techniques honed over a decade at Adelaide Oval. The development of the pitches has been undertaken by Adelaide Oval Turf Solutions, led by renowned Adelaide Oval Head Curator Damian Hough.

The pitches, cultivated with native Tahoma 31 Bermuda grass, have been meticulously nurtured in Florida by Adelaide Oval Turf Solutions and US-based sports turf experts LandTek Group, undergoing continuous care and maintenance over the past three months.

Four pitches will be set up at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, with an additional six designated for neighboring practice facilities. The Adelaide Oval Turf Solutions team will remain in New York to assist local grounds crews in pitch mainte-

nance throughout the World Cup to ensure world-class pitches that will set the stage for unforgettable cricket.

The drop-in square – the type used around the world including at Adelaide Oval and Eden Park – has been curated in Florida and transported by road to New York via a convoy of more than 20 semi-trailer trucks, thanks to the support of the ICC’s Official Global Logistics Partner DP World.

The outfield was laid last week by LandTek who have worked with the New York Yankees and New York Mets as well as Inter Miami CF on their stadium and training fields.

ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said: “The installation of these pitches is one of the final pieces in a project that is unprecedented in international cricket. We have taken a considered and well-planned approach to this project, using

the very best in the business in Damian Hough to ensure we have the best possible playing surface for eight World Cup matches in New York.

“T20 as a format was an innovation in its time to bring the sport of cricket to a new and expanded audience. This innovative strategy, to bring the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 to the United States, with a temporary venue and a pitch that has its founding on the other side of the globe, is truly groundbreaking and I can’t wait to see the world’s best compete in Nassau County this June.”

Adelaide Oval Head Curator, Damian Hough said: “We are excited to see the arrival of the pitches here in New York. Florida proved to be the ideal nursery for the pitches with good weather, and working alongside great partners like LandTek has been fantastic and everything is com-


Nassau County Cricket

Stadium Installs Pitch, Hits Milestone

ing together as it should.

“We’re now focused on bedding in the pitches here in New York to ensure we’re delivering an end product of the highest quality.

“The games in New York are a great platform for us to showcase our abilities to a global audience. It’s certainly a massive thrill for everyone at Adelaide Oval to be involved in such a huge event.”

The matches in New York will take place at a stateof-the-art 34,000-seat modular stadium located at Eisenhower Park in Nassau County, east of Manhattan. Nine teams will feature in New York including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada, Ireland, Bangladesh, South Africa, the Netherlands, and the USA, with the first match taking place on 3 June between 2014 champions Sri Lanka and South Africa.

USA Reveals 2024

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Squad

The USA Cricket (USAC) Men’s National Selection Panel has finalized its 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to kick off on June 1. The tournament, co-hosted by the USA and West Indies, will witness Monank Patel reprising his role as the team’s captain. Prior to the World Cup, the same squad will square off against Bangladesh in Houston, Texas, engaging in three T20I bilateral matches.

Two changes have been made to the squad: Shayan Jahangir, a right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper all-rounder, steps in for middle-order batsman Gajanand Singh, while fast bowler Ali Khan takes over from Usman Rafiq. Squad: Monank Patel (Captain), Aaron Jones (Vice-captain), Steven Taylor, Corey Anderson, Saurabh Netravalkar, Jessy Singh, Harmeet Singh, Noshtush Kenjige, Shadley Van Schalkwyk, Nitish Kumar, Andries Gous, Shayan Jahangir, Ali Khan, Nisarg Patel, Milind Kumar. Reserve Players: Gajanand Singh, Juanoy Drysdale, Yasir Mohammad.

USAC’s debut in the tournament, also marking the tournament’s opening fixture, will be against Canada in Dallas, Texas on June 1. Subsequent to this crucial encounter, they will face off against Pakistan, India, and Ireland in the league stage matches.

Installation of pitch at Nassau County Cricket Stadium. Photos courtesy of ICC

Cosmos Lost To Dave West Indian

(Celebrating 45th Anniversary – Match #1251): In their opening match of the 2024 cricket season in the New York National Cricket League, Cosmos opening batsmen were off to a blazing start against Dave West Indian at Randalls Island Sunday, May 5th.

Alex Chunilall and Yogeshwar made a meal of the opposition’s opening bowling attack as Chunilall raced to his half-century in only 18 balls while Ramgobin got to his half-century in 44 balls that included 6-fours and 2-sixes

It was an encouraging start to the season for this opening pair as they posted an opening partnership of 135 runs in just 12 overs before both batsmen went in the 13th over. Chunilall missed a full delivery and was lbw for 68 runs off 32 deliveries that included 10 fours and 3 sixes, and Ramgobin was bowled when he played across to another full delivery.

Antanio Rooplall and Daniel Chunilall kept the runrate at ten an over as they took the score to 172 for 2 in the 17th over. Cosmos was poised for a huge total with Akash Rahim and Devindra Balgobin yet to come, but on so many occasions, this game delivered its reminders that nothing is guaranteed, and within the next six overs the Cosmos inning went into a dramatic free-fall.

A series of headless stroke-play was on display when Rooplall (21) found the man on the deep mid-off boundary. Rahim (13) then suffered the same faith. Chunilall found the man at deep cover. Sohan Dass pushed out and got an edge that carried low down to a fly-slip region. Cosmos last hope of resurrection was not to be as Balgobin heaved over a full delivery and lost his furniture. Within a few over, the Cosmos inning was in total disarray as they lost their last eight wickets for just twenty runs with seven overs still remaining when the inning closed on 192 all out in 23.3 overs.

It was a shocking display from a very capable Cosmos middle-order, but in this the first match of the season, there were probably some rust in a few corners and they were unable to utilize the fast outfield. The opposition ceased on the opportunity and ended the inning on a high after they had won the toss and inserted Cosmos to bat. In their reply Dave West Indian opening batsman N. Iyana survived a huge first ball shout for lbw off S. Ali and two overs later he lobbed to extra-cover and was put down, he then survived another chance at the wicket off Rooplall. He rode his luck and proceeded to tear into the Cosmos attack with a belligerent 71 runs off 33 ball that included 8 fours and 6 massive sixes before he was stumped off Towgeshwar Thakoordeen.

Thakoordeen and Alex Chunilall combined for good spell of left and right arm spin bowling as Cosmos fought themselves back into the match as they picked up another six wickets. With the opposition on 167 for 7, R. Mohamed (10) and F. Azees (21) ensured that there will be no further penetration into the line-up after Dass grassed a stinging return catch off Azees as Dave West Indian sealed a comfortable 3-wicket victory. T. Thakoordeen took 3 for 38, and A. Chunilall took 2 for 28.

Alex Chunilall (above) and Yogeshwar Ramgobin (below) struck half centuries. Photos by Sham Ali

2024 Season Schedule

Unveiled by Major League Cricket

Excitement reverberates throughout the cricketing world as Cognizant Major League Cricket (MLC) unveils the eagerly awaited schedule for the 2024 season, marking a monumental chapter in T20 cricket’s journey in the United States. This season guarantees a spellbinding array of matches featuring top-tier international players alongside the cream of the nation’s domestic talent.

Following the resounding success of its debut season in 2023, Cognizant Major League Cricket responds to the clamor for more cricketing action by extending the tournament, adding an extra six league matches. The highlight of the season will undoubtedly be the four-game playoff series, slated to take place in Grand Prairie, TX, promising to enthrall cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

Kicking off on July 5th with a bang, the 2024 season launches with two riveting matches held simultaneously across the country. The reigning champions, MI New York, led by the formidable West Indian batter Kieron Pollard, lock horns with the 2023 runners-up, Seattle Orcas, boasting star South African duo Wayne Parnell and Quinton de Kock, at Church Street Park in Morrisville at 3:30 PM EDT.

Simultaneously, the Texas Super Kings, led by the elegant South African Faf du Plessis, will clash with the LA Knight Riders, led by West Indian off-spinner Sunil Narine, at the state-of-the-art Grand Prairie Stadium in Grand Prairie, TX at 7:30 PM CDT.

The opening weekend continues to sizzle with excitement as the Australian-packed Washington Freedom, featuring Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, and coach Ricky Ponting, take on MI New York on Saturday, July 6th, at 3:00 PM EDT. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Unicorns, bolstered by the explosive New Zealand opener Finn Allen, will host the LA Knight Riders on Sunday night at Grand Prairie Stadium, TX, at 7:30 PM CDT.

Vijay Srinivasan, CEO of Cognizant Major League Cricket, eagerly anticipates

the fervor and zeal among cricket aficionados nationwide as the second season of Major League Cricket unfolds. “We are immensely thrilled to unveil the schedule for the 2024 season,” expressed Srinivasan. “This season promises to be our most exhilarating yet, with each of the MLC’s six teams actively bolstering their rosters with world-class player signings, with more announcements imminent.”

Featuring a stellar lineup of current cricketing luminaries and seasoned veterans, including Jamaican dynamo Andre Russell, New Zealand’s pace sensation Trent Boult, 2023 MLC Finals MVP Nicholas Pooran, and Afghanistan’s spin wizard Rashid Khan, alongside illustrious coaches Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson, and Stephen Fleming, the league exemplifies the wealth of talent it attracts.

Buoyed by the triumph of Major League Cricket’s maiden season and fueled by the momentum of the ICC T20 World Cup in the U.S. in June, the 2024 season promises to elevate cricket fever to unprecedented heights, captivating audiences across the nation throughout the summer.

Tickets for all matches will be available for purchase in the coming weeks through the official Major League Cricket website. Fans are urged to secure their tickets early by registering for the pre-sale to ensure they don’t miss out on the exhilarating action, following the sell-out crowds of 2023.

For further information regarding Major League Cricket and to peruse the complete schedule for the 2024 season, please visit


ACF Celebrates Ten Years of Cricket Coaching Education in the USA

The American Cricket Federation (ACF) coach certification program managed and executed by the well-respected Jatin Patel, a multi-sport coach, Cricket Hall of Famer, and recipient of that organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrates its 10th anniversary this week.

ACF launched the Cricket Coach Education Program in May 2014. This unique cricket coach certification program is designed from an American coach’s perspective on how educators at schools and colleges understand and teach the game to scholars. Following such guidelines to educate Americans about the sport of cricket is expected to make coaching American boys and girls and certifying

coaches based on coaching techniques employed by American sports coaches much easier.

ACF launched the Level 2 coaching certification program in 2015 before the 2019 Coronavirus pandemic. ACF also collaborated with Omtex Sports in India to launch T20-based virtual global coaching programs. ACF is also actively involved in statewide Scholastic education programs in the USA.

To date, ACF has conducted 86 weekend coaching clinics, some of them with Cricket Legends, to train coaches in most states. These include many schoolteachers, educators, and future PE teachers trained at nine universities in the last ten years and many PE teachers at the elementary school level. The Level 1 academic program consists of coaching the basics and introducing cricket as a part of the Physical Education (PE) curriculum in schools.

ACF Level 2 certified coaches are trained to offer training to Level 1 coaches, and there is an ample number of instructors available to do so year-round

on a demand basis. As of May 2024, there are more than 500 ACF Level 2 certified coaches in the USA, which does not include out-of-country coaches or school and college educators.

In just ten years, the ACF cricket-coaching program has established itself as the USA’s only cricket coaching program based on how educators in the USA best understand the game of cricket and how they prefer to teach their youth scholars in schools and colleges.

The ACF coaching program leads education projects or programs in the USA; ACF continues to expand its coach’s network in the USA while helping leagues and club communities develop youth cricket programs by sponsoring coaching camps at no cost to those hosting the training clinics.

The ACF – “for the coaches, and by the coaches” will continue to develop initiatives and programs that simplify coaching cricket to an American audience and youth still skeptical about the sport.


DP World ILT20 Season 3 Scheduled for January 2025

Season 3 of the DP World International League T20 will begin from Saturday, 11 January 2025. The 34-match tournament will run for a month with the final to be played on Sunday, 9 February 2025.

The Season 3 window announcement comes at the back of a hugely successful Season 2 (2024) which concluded with the MI Emirates lifting the iconic DP World ILT20 trophy in front of a capacity crowd at the Dubai International Stadium in the final played on 17 February 2024.

The broadcast numbers for Season 2 received a major boost with a total of 348 million unique viewers from around the world via the tournament broadcast right holders Zee Network’s linear and online platforms and their broadcast syndication partners in different territories.

Season 2 also saw a major increase in crowds across the three tournament venues Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. There was a phenomenal increase in crowd

numbers across the three venues, with a cumulative increase of nearly 300% in comparison to Season 1.

Season 3 will once again provide the spectators at the three stadiums and fans from around the world – on linear and online Zee Network’s broadcast platforms and partners platforms’ – enthralling cricket action with a line-up of world-class T20 talent and exciting entertainment offerings for fans from all age groups.

DP World ILT20 CEO David White: “We are delighted to confirm the window for DP World International League T20 Season 3. The window has been finalized after discussions with our stakeholders. We have begun our preparations for Season 3 with an aim of making the league even bigger and better.

“Season 2 was a massive success in terms of all relevant metrics’ and helped further strengthen the league’s reputation, making it one of the most sought after T20 leagues for players, fans and

broadcasters from around the world. Having considered all aspects, the January-February window for Season 3 has turned out to be the most suitable.

“The DP World ILT20 is also proving to be a successful platform for the development of the UAE players as seen in their recent outstanding performance in the ACC Premier Cup in Oman which helped them qualify for the prestigious Asia Cup (2025, T20 format) for the first time in eight years. Most of the players who excelled in Oman had gained invaluable experience and exposure in Season 2.

“The cricket fans in the UAE and those who travel to our wonderful destinations Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah from across the globe will have a lot to look forward to in Season 3. We have a series of exciting announcements lined-up as our six worldclass franchises and their coaching staff put their heads together for retention of players while eyeing new local and international talent for Season 3 signings.”

MI Emirates players with the winning trophy of the DP World International League T20 earlier this year. Photo by CREIMAS / ILT20

Nassau County International Cricket Stadium Near Completion

The Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, located in New York, is nearing the completion of its development phase, as indicated by the latest timelapse footage showcasing the state-of-the-art 34,000-seat arena, including the finalization of the playing surface.

Crafted with meticulous care, the four drop-in pitches, bedecked with native Tahoma 31 Bermuda grass, underwent cultivation in Florida under the expert guidance of Adelaide Oval Turf Solutions and LandTek Group, before being transported over 1000 miles to their current location, with logistical support from DP World, the ICC’s Official Global Logistics Partner.

Over the past four months, Eisenhower Park has witnessed a remarkable transformation, evolving from a mere grass field into a premier cricket destination. Progress is evident with the ongoing construction of the north and south premium hospitality and media pavilions, promising a sensational viewing experience and topnotch hospitality for all attendees. The newest additions include Cabana seats in the north pavilion and Corner Club seats, featuring a private party area for an authentically American cricket experience.

The anticipation mounts as the inaugural match at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium approaches, scheduled for June 3rd, featuring 2014 champions Sri Lanka

against South Africa. Limited general admission tickets are still available for this historic event.

Chris Tetley, ICC Head of Events, expressed his delight at witnessing the stadium’s final stages, emphasizing its readiness to host the world’s top cricket talent. Tetley encouraged fans to secure their spots early, particularly for matches involving cricket

powerhouses India and Pakistan. Brett Jones, CEO of T20 USA, commended the incredible progress achieved in a short span, attributing it to the dedication and expertise of the construction team. He extended his gratitude to all involved and eagerly anticipated welcoming the world’s finest cricketers to the ICC Men’s World Cup 2024 next month.

Photos courtesy of ICC

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup


From the moment Chris Gayle sliced the first delivery of the inaugural ICC Men’s T20 World Cup for a boundary, a new era of cricket entertainment was born. The West Indies batsman’s electrifying 117 against South Africa marked the beginning of countless memorable moments in T20 World Cup history.

This year, for the first time, 20 teams will compete in the Men’s T20 World Cup, featuring a new host and three debuting teams on the grandest stage. As we approach the ninth edition of the tournament, let’s take a look back at its origins and evolution.

A Behemoth is Born

Four years after T20 cricket was introduced in the English county circuit, the first T20 World Cup took place in 2007, launching this new format into global prominence before the rise of today’s international leagues. The tournament concluded with an unforgettable final between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in Johannesburg. Misbah-ul-Haq’s valiant effort brought Pakistan close to victory, but a mistimed scoop handed India the trophy, sealing what Wisden described as a ‘dream’ debut for the format.

Legends Created and Memorable Moments

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup has produced numerous iconic moments. Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes off Stuart Broad remains unmatched, and the India-Pakistan bowl-out from the group stage of the inaugural

tournament is still remembered for its sheer absurdity.

Pakistan avenged their 2007 final loss at Lord’s two years later, while the Netherlands shocked hosts England at the same venue. England swiftly bounced back to secure their first white-ball silverware in the Caribbean a year later. The West Indies captivated Colombo with their ‘Gangnam Style’ celebrations in 2012, while Sri Lanka’s victory in 2014 provided a fitting farewell for legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

The first five tournaments saw five different champions. However, the West Indies became the first team to win two Men’s T20 World Cups in 2016, thanks to Carlos Brathwaite’s stunning four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes in the final over. Despite their dominance in ODI World Cups, Australia waited until 2021 to claim their first T20 title, leaving New Zealand

as the only finalists yet to win heading into 2024. England are the current holders, having defeated Pakistan in Australia two years ago, with Sam Curran earning Player of the Match in the final and Player of the Tournament honors.

More Teams Than Ever Before

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 will feature a record 20 teams, breaking new ground with matches played in the United States for the first time. This expanded tournament will be the largest in ICC history with 55 games. New teams, including hosts the United States, Canada, and Uganda, will make their debut, bringing fresh faces and new pitches into the mix. The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 promises to be more unpredictable and unforgettable than ever.

Photo courtesy of ICC

Unite for Cricket World First Usain Bolt, Cricket Legends, and NYC Stars

The first guests took their seats at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, joined by ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 Ambassador Usain Bolt, cricket legends, Team USA, and New York sports stars to mark a historic moment for cricket.

The unveiling event kicked off the final countdown to the first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup fixture in New York, featuring 2014 champions Sri Lanka and South Africa on June 3. Bolt, alongside USA cricketers Corey Anderson and Monank Patel, West Indies legend Sir Curtly Ambrose, Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik, and England’s Liam Plunkett, got a first look at the new stadium.

To celebrate World Cup cricket coming to the USA for the first time, they were joined by New York sports stars John Starks (NBA), Elena Delle Donne (WNBA), Bartolo Colon (MLB), Victor Cruz (NFL), and Ibtihaj Muhammad (Fencing). They commemorated the occasion by signing a giant cricket bat, which will remain at the venue for the eight matches hosted from June 3-12.

The 34,000-seat stadium, constructed since January, features extensive hospitality and media pavilions, Cabana seats, and Corner Club seats with prime views and elevated food and beverage offerings. The venue includes a world-class playing surface with four drop-in pitches cultivated with Tahoma 31 Bermuda grass.

In addition to Nassau County, matches will be held at Grand Prairie Stadium in Texas and Broward County International Stadium in Florida. The USA and West Indies co-host the event, with 39 matches across six Caribbean venues and the Final on June 29 in Barbados.

Usain Bolt expressed his excitement: “Coming from the Caribbean where cricket is a part of life, I’m thrilled to see the T20 World Cup coming to the USA for the first time. This milestone can pave the way for cricket’s inclusion in the LA Olympics in 2028. The new stadium will be a fantastic place to watch the matches.”

T20 USA, Inc. CEO Brett Jones added: “Today was a fantastic celebration of our new stadium. Having Usain and New York sports stars here was a fitting welcome to cricket in the USA. Seeing the positive reactions from cricket legends and players to the stadium and playing surface was special, setting the stage for an exciting event next month.”

Nassau County International Cricket Stadium Usain Bolt with cricket and New York stars had a first look at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. Photos courtesy of ICC
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2024 Season Tickets Now on Sale


Cognizant Major League Cricket (MLC) has officially opened ticket sales for its highly anticipated 2024 season. Fans across the nation are urged to secure their tickets promptly, following the sell-out success of the League’s inaugural 2023 season and the high demand for 2024 pre-sale tickets after the recent schedule announcement.

The fierce competition between the six MLC teams kicks off on Friday, July 5th, with 2023 champions MI New York facing the Seattle Orcas in a much-anticipated rematch at Morrisville, NC, at 3:30 PM EDT. The Texas Super Kings will battle the LA Knight Riders later that evening at Grand Prairie Stadium, TX, at 7:30 PM CDT. The opening weekend continues with Washington Freedom vs. MI New York on Saturday, July 6th, at 3:00 PM EDT, and the San Francisco Unicorns taking on the LA Knight Riders on Sunday, July 7th, at Grand Prairie Stadium, TX, at 7:30 PM CDT.

The season promises three weeks of nonstop T20 action featuring international stars and top domestic talent, including Glenn Maxwell (Washington Freedom), Jake Fraser-McGurk (San Francisco Unicorns), Nicholas Pooran (MI New York), Imad Wasim (Seattle Orcas), Devon Conway (Texas Super Kings), and Andre Russell (LA Knight Riders).

Tickets for all matches, including the four playoffs, are available online through the Official Cognizant Major League Cricket website. General admission tickets start at $30 per person. Fans can also enjoy additional entertainment, fireworks, free giveaways, player signings and meet-and-greets, merchandise giveaways, food trucks, and samples throughout the tournament.

The MLC has announced a special offer: Buy One, Get One Free for the Seattle Orcas vs. LA Knight Riders match on July 9 and the Washington Freedom vs. San Francisco Unicorns match on July 22, both at Grand Prairie Stadium, TX, at 7:30 PM CDT. This offer is ideal for families and friends looking to experience an exciting summer evening of cricket.

Tournament passes and premium hospitality tickets, which include VIP seating and food and beverage

packages, are also available for fans seeking guaranteed access to all matches, including the playoffs.

Cognizant Major League Cricket CEO Vijay Srinivasan expressed his excitement about the upcoming season, noting the strong demand for presale tickets as evidence of the league’s growing impact on the American cricket community.

“The enthusiasm for cricket in America is increasing rapidly, and we are delighted to provide fans across the nation the opportunity to witness top-tier cricket live in their own backyard. We are gathering the world’s top players and organizing a spectacular event in the largest sporting market globally. The success of the first season has given us a foundation to establish one of the premier T20 leagues in the world. Our goal is to keep expanding the sport in the United States and offer the community an opportunity to engage with it, whether as fans or participants.”

With the momentum from Major League Cricket’s first successful season and the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in the U.S. in June, the 2024 season is set to reach new heights and captivate cricket fans across the country this summer.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Major League Cricket.

Photos by: Andy Mead / SPORTZPICS for MLC

Los Angeles Cricket

Secures Permit for Marder Field at Sepulveda Cricket Complex

Los Angeles Cricket (LAC) is delighted to announce the official granting of an operating permit for Marder Field at the Sepulveda Cricket Complex, Van Nuys CA. This significant achievement comes after more than four years of dedicated effort and positive collaboration with the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department. The permit authorizes LAC’s use of Marder Field and its turf facilities at the Sepulveda Cricket Basin for youth activities during weekdays, with weekend access to be added in 2025.

“We are thrilled and excited beyond words,” said Abhimanyu Rajp, Chairman LAC. “This permit is not just a piece of paper; it’s a testament to our hard work, devotion, and the fruitful partnership we’ve cultivated with the LA Parks and Rec. We wholeheartedly thank the Municipal Sports staff for supporting us in our efforts, believing in our cause, and making Los Angeles Cricket only the second organization to be awarded field operating rights at the Sepulveda Cricket Complex, also known as Woodley Park. This marks a big step forward for the youth cricketers of Los Angeles, who will now have access to a dedicated turf facility on weekdays via our programs. The sense of responsibility towards the game that this permit brings is not understated by any means. There is much to do ahead.”

With this new permit, LAC is set to solidify plans for launching a weekday youth academy, to be known as the LAC Center of Excellence. This initiative aims to provide young aspiring cricketers with top-notch training and development opportunities at a dedicated turf facility right here in Los Angeles. Additionally, LAC has plans to expand its offerings to other facilities in the near future, in collab-

oration with Parks and Rec, as well as launching a youth league and a collegiate cricket competition in the future.

“We believe that through the LAC Center of Excellence and our forthcoming programs, we can make a substantial impact on youth development in Los Angeles,” added Deepak Gosain, Director LAC. “LAC is committed to fostering a nurturing environment that develops and promotes not only athletic skills but also camaraderie, discipline, and a deep appreciation for cricket and its culture. The youth of Los Angeles, who hunger for further development in cricket, will have the honor of calling Marder Field their home.”

LAC has been diligently collaborating with multiple sports organizations with the interest of expanding the reach, growth, and cricketing infrastructure in Los Angeles. With operating rights to one of USA’s premier cricket fields, Marder, LAC will be working to bring those plans to fruition over time as well as collaborating with local organizations and youth-driven initiatives.

Los Angeles Cricket looks forward to unveiling more plans and beginning operations at Marder Field, Sepulveda Cricket Complex. This development is sure to energize the local and regional cricket culture, promising exciting times ahead for both players and fans.

About Los Angeles Cricket (LAC) Los Angeles Cricket, a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit organization, is dedicated to building and promoting the sport of cricket in Los Angeles through infrastructure projects, comprehensive youth training programs, competitive leagues, and community-building activities.

Abhimanyu Rajp, chairman of Los Angeles Cricket, (left) and Venky Mysore, CEO of Knight Rider Group in Bangalore earlier this year.


Meet the Associate Teams Competing in the ICC Men’s

T20 World Cup 2024

united states of america

Co-hosts USA make their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup debut in 2024, with an opening match against rivals, Canada, in Texas the perfect way to announce themselves.

It has been a rapid rise since a first T20I against the UAE only five years ago, but American cricket has gone from strength to strength since then, with their first victories coming against the Cayman Islands later that year.

A first win against a Test nation came with victory over Ireland in 2021, something they will look to repeat in the World Cup group stage when they meet in Lauderhill.

ONE TO WATCH: Batter Aaron Jones will again form the bedrock of the batting line-up. The New Yorker boasts an ODI high score of 123* and will be key to American fortunes.


Canada are set for their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup debut in 2024 but they are no strangers to the global stage having appeared at four ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, most recently in 2011.

They have never been beyond the group stage but will be determined to spring a surprise and do so this time around on North American soil after booking their place with victory in the Americas Qualifier.

An opening match against the USA, the oldest

rivalry in cricket, is an enticing start before taking on Ireland, where they will hope for a similar result to their side’s first-ever meeting four years ago, when Canada won by four runs.

ONE TO WATCH: All-rounder Harsh Thaker has the ability to win matches for Canada with bat or ball in hand. The 26-year-old has impressed in both limited overs formats in the past year and will be determined to step up to the plate this summer.


Namibia return for their third-consecutive appearance at an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after cruising through the Africa Qualifier with a perfect record.

The Eagles reached the Super 12 on T20 World Cup debut in 2021 thanks to victories over Netherlands and Ireland before narrowly missing out on reaching the same stage in 2022 despite defeating Sri Lanka.

They will be hopeful of reaching the knockout stages again but will need to navigate first-ever T20 internationals with England and Australia first.

ONE TO WATCH: Captain Gerhard Erasmus is the man that makes Namibia tick. The all-rounder has been there from the very start, appearing in Namibia’s first-ever T20I and has been influential ever since. The 2023 ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year will hope to continue that this summer.



Scotland make their fourth straight appearance at an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and will have eyes on reaching the knockout stages for only the second time after impressing in qualification.

Scotland edged out Test nation and neighbors Ireland to earn top spot in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier, a feat that will give them plenty of confidence for their chances across the Atlantic.

An opening match against England is a mouth-watering prospect, and one Scotland will be hoping to set out their stall in as they look to match their 2021 achievement of progressing from the groups.

ONE TO WATCH: Bowler Brad Currie could be a match winner for Scotland, with the 25-year-old starring in qualification.

Currie posted figures of five for 13 in the final against Ireland, the best-ever T20I bowling figures from a Scot, and will hope to take that form into the summer.


Oman return to the biggest stage in men’s T20 cricket after missing out in 2022, and will be determined to make up for lost time.

They ensured their place at this year’s event with victory in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier, defeating Bahrain in the semi-final to book their ticket before taking home the trophy with a dramatic

super over victory against Nepal.

Oman have never made it beyond the group stages of a men’s World Cup and will hope to put that right in 2024, but will need to break records if they are to do so, having never beaten any of their four opponents in Group B.

ONE TO WATCH: Vice-captain Aqib Ilyas will look to hold the side together through his work with bat and ball. The 31-year-old is one of the most experienced members of the squad and will lean on all of that in the USA and the Caribbean. He was named Player of the Tournament in the Asia Qualifier and will look to repeat those performances.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea are back for their second ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and will be determined to better their 2021 showing, where they finished 16th.

There have been positive strides since then, including comfortable qualification via victory in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup East Asia-Pacific Qualifier, as well as regular victories over other Associate Member nations.

The key will be whether this side can make the step up and earn a victory over a Test nation, with three in Group C, something Papua New Guinea have never done before.

ONE TO WATCH: No man has scored more T20I runs for Papua New Guinea than Tony Ura, and the

34-year-old will hope to pile on some more this summer.

Ura was part of PNG’s first-ever T20I squad in 2015 and has been integral ever since, top-scoring against both Japan and Philippines in qualification.


Uganda make their World Cup debut in the USA and Caribbean after finishing second in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier, behind Namibia.

The Cricket Cranes pulled off victory over a Test nation at the first attempt with a win over Zimbabwe in qualifying and will look to pull off the same feat in Group C at the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Qualification sparked jubilant scenes as Uganda succeeded at reaching the final tournament at the ninth-attempt, and they will hope to make their mark once there after being made to wait for so long.

ONE TO WATCH: Riazat Ali Shah was the star of Uganda’s victory over Zimbabwe, and the all-rounder will be determined to match that form in the summer.

Shah scored 42 off 28 balls against Zimbabwe, and his quick hitting in the middle order - as well as his effective medium pace - will be key to Ugandan success.


Netherlands are no stranger to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and will look to make it back-to-back progressions from the group stage in 2024.

The Dutch reached the Super 12s in 2022 before bowing out and will have aims of making it to the Super 8s this time around.

Their performance in 2022 booked their spot at the 2024 edition and performances since have provided plenty of further encouragement, with a first victory over South Africa coming later that year.

They will hope for a repeat result when they meet again in Group D, which also features Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

ONE TO WATCH: Big hitting Max O’Dowd will hope to continue to lead from the front for the Netherlands, with the opening batter key to their chances. O’Dowd is the top T20I run scorer in Dutch history and will be determined to extend that record in the summer.


Nepal are set for their first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup appearance in a decade after booking their ticket to the USA and the Caribbean with a runners-up place in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier.

The Rhinos pushed winners, Oman, all the way to a super over in Kirtipur and will take plenty of heart from their impressive performances, which also included a victory over the UAE in the semi-final.

Their last World Cup appearance in 2014 ended in a narrow exit at the first stage despite winning two of their three games, and Nepal will be determined to hang around a little longer 10 years on.

ONE TO WATCH: Opener Rohit Paudel has been key to recent Nepalese success and will continue to be so during the summer. The captain is just 21 years old but is the lynchpin of the side. His runs from the top of the order will be crucial.


USA vs Bangladesh 1st T20I

USA Secures Thrilling Win Against Bangladesh

The first match of the three-game series between the USA and Bangladesh was a thrilling spectacle, with the USA emerging victorious in a nail-biting finish. The game was marked by intense competition and shifting momentum. The USA secured the win by five wickets, with just three balls remaining in their innings.

Key to the USA’s success was a crucial partnership between Corey Anderson and Harmeet Singh. Their synergy at the crease provided stability and resilience under pressure, enabling the team to chase down the target set by Bangladesh. Anderson’s power-hitting combined with Singh’s tactical play ensured that the USA stayed in contention throughout their innings, ultimately steering their team to a memorable victory. This performance set a positive tone for the series, showcasing the USA’s potential and determination.

Bangladesh started their innings after being put into bat by the United States. Litton Das and Soumya Sarkar opened the innings for Bangladesh. Litton Das looked promising with his 14 runs off 15 balls before being dismissed lbw by Jessy Singh. Soumya Sarkar contributed a quick 20 runs off 13 balls before being caught by Nitish Kumar off Steven Taylor’s bowling.

The middle order struggled to stabilize

the innings, with only Towhid Hridoy showing significant resistance. Hridoy played a brilliant knock of 58 runs off 47 balls, including 4 fours and 2 sixes, before being dismissed by Ali Khan. Mahmudullah’s cameo of 31 runs off 22 balls provided some late impetus to the innings. Jaker Ali remained unbeaten on 9 off 5 balls as Bangladesh posted a total of 153 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

In the bowling department, Steven Taylor and Jessy Singh were the pick of the bowlers for the United States, picking up 2 wickets each.

In response, the United States got off to a steady start with contributions from Steven Taylor (28), Monank Patel (12), and Andries Gous (23). However, Bangladesh managed to pick up wickets at regular intervals to keep the pressure on the hosts.

Corey Anderson played a crucial innings, remaining unbeaten on 34 runs off 25 balls, steering the United States towards victory. Harmeet Singh provided the late fireworks with a blistering knock of 33 runs off just 13 balls, including 2 fours and 3 sixes, to guide his team to victory with 3 balls to spare.

For Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman was the most successful bowler, picking up 2 wickets for 41 runs in his 4 overs.

Corey Anderson played a vital role in USA win against Bangladesh, hitting an unbeaten 34 from 25 balls. Photo courtesy of Major League Cricket

USA vs Bangladesh 2nd T20I

USA Clinch T20I Series Victory Over Full-Member Bangladesh

On a bright morning at the Prairie View Cricket Complex in Texas, excitement was palpable as fans gathered to witness the second T20 International of the Bangladesh tour of the United States of America. Winning the toss, Bangladesh elected to field first, hoping to capitalize on early morning conditions.

Steven Taylor and Monank Patel walked out to the crease with determination etched on their faces. The opening overs were tense, with Bangladesh’s bowlers keeping a tight line. Taylor, however, was quick to break the shackles, smashing three boundaries and two towering sixes in his brisk 31 off 28 balls. The partnership was looking solid until Rishad Hossain struck, enticing Taylor into a mistimed shot that found Tanzid Hasan in the deep. USA was 44 for 1 in the 7th over.

The very next delivery saw Rishad Hossain continue his magic as he dismissed Andries Gous for a golden duck, leaving the USA in a precarious position at 44 for 2. Captain Monank Patel then took the responsibility to steady the ship. With a blend of caution and aggression, he crafted a crucial innings of 42 runs off 38 balls, finding the boundary four times and clearing it once.

Aaron Jones provided much-needed support with his 35 off 34 balls, but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Corey Anderson’s quickfire 11 and the late cameos from Nitish Kumar and Shadley van Schalkwyk helped USA reach a respectable total. They finished their innings at 144 for 6 after 20 overs, a competitive score on a pitch offering something for both batters and bowlers.

Chasing 145, Bangladesh’s innings got off to a shaky start. Soumya Sarkar fell for a duck,

caught and bowled one-handed by Saurabh Netravalkar in the very first over. Tanzid Hasan tried to counter-attack with a quick 19 off 15 balls, but his innings was cut short by Jasdeep Singh. The USA bowlers kept the pressure on, and a brilliant piece of fielding by Corey Anderson saw the end of Bangladesh’s captain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, who was run out for 36.

Towhid Hridoy and Shakib Al Hasan then tried to stabilize the innings. Hridoy’s 24 and Shakib’s fluent 30 gave Bangladesh hope, but the USA bowlers kept chipping away. Corey Anderson bowled Hridoy, and Ali Khan delivered a double blow by removing Shakib and Tanzim Hasan Sakib in quick succession.

The match hung in the balance as Bangladesh’s lower order struggled to find their footing. Shadley van Schalkwyk struck twice, dismissing Mahmudullah and Jaker Ali, while Saurabh Netravalkar returned to clean up Shoriful Islam. At 132 for 9, Bangladesh’s hopes rested on Mustafizur Rahman and Rishad Hossain. However, Ali Khan ensured there would be no late heroics, finishing off the innings by bowling Tanzim Hasan Sakib and securing a thrilling victory for the USA.

The final moments were tense, with Bangladesh needing 13 runs off the last over. The crowd was on the edge of their seats as Ali Khan ran in to bowl. He kept his cool, delivering yorkers with pinpoint accuracy and conceding just 6 runs, ensuring Bangladesh were bowled out for 138 in 19.2 overs.

The USA team erupted in celebration, having pulled off a remarkable victory against a strong Bangladesh side. For the few fans in attendance, it was a match to remember, filled with excitement, tension, and moments of brilliance.

Pacer Ali Khan picked up 3 for 25 which earned him the man-of-the-match award as USA beat Bangladesh.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024


The ninth edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which will be a 20-team event, will take place in the USA and West Indies from 1 to 29 June, 2024.



Rashid Khan (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Ishaq, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Nangyal Kharoti, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik. Reserves: Sediq Atal, Hazratullah Zazai, Saleem Safi


Mitchell Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Travelling Reserves: Jake Fraser-McGurk, Matt Short


Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Taskin Ahmed, Litton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Shakib Al Hasan, Tawhid Hridoy, Mahmud Ullah Riyad, Jaker Ali Anik, Tanvir Islam, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib. Travelling reserves: Afif Hossain, Hasan Mahmud


Saad Bin Zafar (c), Aaron Johnson, Dilon Heyliger, Dilpreet Bajwa, Harsh Thaker, Jeremy Gordon, Junaid Siddiqui, Kaleem Sana, Kanwarpal Tathgur, Navneet Dhaliwal, Nicholas Kirton, Pargat Singh, Ravinderpal Singh, Rayyankhan Pathan, Shreyas Movva. Reserves: Tajinder Singh, Aaditya Varadharajan, Ammar Khalid, Jatinder Matharu, Parveen Kumar


Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Tom Hartley, Will Jacks, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, Mark Wood


Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Siraj. Reserves: Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan

IRELAND: Paul Stirling (c), Mark Adair, Ross Adair,

Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Graham Hume, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young

NAMIBIA: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Zane Green, Michael Van Lingen, Dylan Leicher, Ruben Trumpelmann, Jack Brassell, Ben Shikongo, Tangeni Lungameni, Niko Davin, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, JP Kotze, David Wiese, Bernard Scholtz, Malan Kruger, PD Blignaut


Rohit Paudel (c), Aasif Sheikh, Anil Kumar Sah, Kushal Bhurtel, Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Lalit Rajbanshi, Karan KC, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Pratis GC, Sundeep Jora, Abinash Bohara, Sagar Dhakal, Kamal Singh Airee


Scott Edwards (c), Aryan Dutt, Bas de Leede, Kyle Klein, Logan van Beek, Max O’Dowd, Michael Levitt, Paul van Meekeren, Saqib Zulfiqar, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Teja Nidamanuru, Tim Pringle, Vikram Singh, Viv Kingma, Wesley Barresi. Travelling reserve: Ryan Klein


Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee. Travelling Reserve: Ben Sears


Aqib Ilyas (c), Zeeshan Maqsood, Kashyap Prajapati, Pratik Athavale, Ayaan Khan, Shoaib Khan, Mohammad Nadeem, Naseem Khushi, Mehran Khan, Bilal Khan, Rafiullah, Kaleemullah, Fayyaz Butt, Shakeel Ahmad, Khalid Kail. Reserves: Jatinder Singh, Samay Shrivastava, Sufyan Mehmood, Jay Odedra

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Assadollah Vala (c), Alei Nao, Chad Soper, CJ Amini, Hila Vare, Hiri Hiri, Jack Gardner, John Kariko, Kabua Vagi Morea, Kipling Doriga, Lega Siaka, Norman Vanua, Sema Kamea, Sese Bau, Tony Ura


Babar Azam (c), Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar

Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Khan

SCOTLAND: Richie Berrington (c), Matthew Cross, Brad Currie, Chris Greaves, Oli Hairs, Jack Jarvis, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Brandon McMullen, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Charlie Tear, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal


Aiden Markram (c), Ottniel Baartman, Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs


Wanindu Hasaranga (c), Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Kamindu Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Thushara, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka. Travelling Reserves: Asitha Fernando, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Janith Liyanage.


Brian Masaba (c), Simon Ssesazi, Roger Mukasa, Cosmas Kyewuta, Dinesh Nakrani, Fred Achelam, Kenneth Waiswa, Alpesh Ramjani, Frank Nsubuga, Henry Ssenyondo, Bilal Hassun, Robinson Obuya, Riazat Ali Shah, Juma Miyaji, Ronak Patel. Travelling Reserves: Innocent Mwebaze, Ronald Lutaaya


Monank Patel (c), Aaron Jones, Andries Gous, Corey Anderson, Ali Khan, Harmeet Singh, Jessy Singh, Milind Kumar, Nisarg Patel, Nitish Kumar, Noshtush Kenjige, Saurabh Nethralvakar, Shadley Van Schalkwyk, Steven Taylor, Shayan Jahangir. Reserve Players: Gajanand Singh, Juanoy Drysdale, Yasir Mohammad.


Rovman Powell (c), Alzarri Joseph, Johnson Charles, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Shamar Joseph, Brandon King, Gudakesh Motie, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd


Atlantis Launches Early Orbit

Appearing in the New York National Cricket League (NYNCL) for the first time, Atlantis Cricket Club (ACC-NY) got off its launch pad with a decisive three-wicket win over 2023 NYNCL champions Queens United Sports Club (QUSC) at Idlewild Cricket Ground in Rosedale, Queens, last Sunday.

On a day that started around 72 degrees Fahrenheit with a slight cloud cover, QUSC used its control of the toss and opted to bat on a wicket that may have retained a bit of moisture from intermittent rainfall over the preceding week. The southeast Queens team in burgundy and yellow, at their home ground, took on the men in green and yellow, who once shared the picturesque Idlewild Oval as their home ground.

QUSC was off to a scary start that must have caused them to question their decision to bat first on what was probably a soft wicket, as they lost their first wicket in the first over as Andrew Davis knicked one to Atlantis debutante keeper Jamal ‘Short Boss’ Norton without troubling the scorers and off the bowling of Telson Johnson.

Despite a 70-run tally between overs 5 and 22 that saw QUSC reach 95 for three, the lefty/righty combination of Johnson and Dillon Bourne producing 39 dot balls from 57 deliveries kept the explosive QUSC batting line up in check. Ronaldo Alimohamed and Kellon Carmichael kept the QUSC batters somewhat quiet before Dino Chooweenam started spinning webs around the batters. Chooweenam would end up with figures of 8-0-28-4, including 26 dot balls.

Former ACC-NY power-hitter Yannick Elliott top-scored for QUSC with 38, including four boundaries. Bereston Reid, 33, supported him; Skipper Oraine Williams and Jamaal Lewis each contributed 15, and Ron Edwards, 11. A-NY restricted the other QUSC batters to single digits as the team crawled to 158 all-out in 36.3 overs. Extras contributed 31 to that tally.

QUSC: FoW: 1-3, 2-25, 3-95, 4-113, 5-120, 6-123, 7-140, 8-145, 9-151 and 10-168.

Bowling for ACC-NY: Chooweenam 8-028-4; Johnson 5.3-0-25-3. Alimohamed and Carmichael snared one wicket apiece for 20 and 35 runs, respectively.

With Fabian Babolal providing lively running color commentary and score updates over the PA system, Idlewild was not boring on May 19. As the sun played peek-a-boo with the overhanging clouds, and players and spectators sought warmth whenever it appeared, Atlantis took to the middle, chasing 159 for its first win since switching leagues and continuing under the onfield stewardship of Randall Wilson as its skipper.

QUSC would strike early with the dismissal of power-hitter Dino Chooeenam for four in the first over. The southeast Queens boys would strike again in the third over with the score on 20, as skipper Wilson was cleanly bowled for 6. ACC-NY 20 for 2. The wickets of Marvin Prashad, 8, and Freddy Pestano, 11, would follow with the score at 49 for 4. QUSC, with a bit of chilly wind at their backs, was no doubt contemplating a short day at the office.

However, ACC-NY vice skipper Kellon Carmichael, 43 off 29 deliveries with 2x6s, 2x4s, and Jamal Norton, 23 off 57 (2x4s) and playing a supportive role at the other end saw the ACC-NY total climb to to136 for 6 in the 29th over, having lost debutante Diquan Murray for 6 in the 26th over. Enter all-rounder Ali Mohamed with the mindset that he would bring some heat if the sun continued not cooperating. He announced his arrival and 20-ball presence in the middle with three massive sixes and one boundary, emerging not out with 34. Quain, making his first appearance in green and yellow for ACC-NY, chilled as an onlooker while contributing six not-out to help ACC-NY wrap up the victory at 159 for 7 in 32.2 overs. The duo polished off the required 23 runs in four overs.

The ACC-NY wickets fell at 1-4, 2-20, 3-33, 4-49, 5-98, 6-116, and 7-136. Among the wicket takers for QUSC were Yannick Elliott 2 for 23 off 7, Ramaal Lewis 2 for 31 off 7, Gavan Brown 2 for 32 off 6.2, and Reon Edwards 1 for 27 off his four overs.

Kellon Carmichael was named Man-of-the-Match. Atlantis plays Titans next on Sunday, June 2, 2024.

Kellon Carmichael

Major League Cricket Granted List-A Status By ICC

Cognizant Major League Cricket (MLC) is proud to announce that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has granted it official List-A Status ahead of its highly anticipated second season, which commences July 5. 2024.

This significant development marks yet another crucial milestone in the growth and status of Cognizant Major League Cricket, and cricket more broadly in the United States. It recognizes the Cognizant Major League Cricket as an official T20 league and America’s first world-class domestic tournament.

Now, every century, half-century, ‘five-for’, run-out, win, loss, and championship will be documented as official career statistics in an internationally recognized format of the game. This will also provide local US players and upcoming stars of the game the opportunity for international recognition, furthering the development of domestic talent by the MLC.

The List-A Status comes after the MLC’s successful inaugural season and underscores its unwavering dedication to delivering premier cricket in the United States.

In addition to the official List-A status, MLC CEO Vijay Srinivasan recently announced aspirations to expand from what began as a 19-game season in 2023 to a 34game season by 2025.

“We saw cricket mania sweep across the US last year off the back of our inaugural season of Major League Cricket. Now, we take exciting momentum into the highly anticipated ICC T20 World Cup and season two of the MLC.

“With an unforgettable summer of cricket on our doorstep, we’re ready to capture the hearts of American sports fans with our thrilling, adrenaline-charged game that is the most exciting emerging T20 tournament across the globe.”

After sell-out crowds in the inaugural season, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early to ensure they don’t miss out on the action this season. In addition to the world-class matches, fans have several ticket options, with general admission tickets starting at $30 per person.

The season’s excitement extends beyond the pitch, with entertainment, fireworks, free giveaways, player signings and meet-andgreets, merchandise giveaways, food trucks, and samples throughout the tournament.

Photo by: Andy Mead/ SPORTZPICS for MLC

Frank Nsubuga:

Meet the oldest player at the ICC

Men’s T20 World Cup

Frank Nsubuga was 16 when he appeared at the 1997 ICC Champions Trophy and almost three decades on, he will finally fulfil his dream of featuring at an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Now 43, the Ugandan off-spinner is set to be the oldest player to feature over the next month as part of a Cricket Cranes squad dining at cricket’s top table for the first time.

It seemed unthinkable just five years ago, when they were relegated to Division Four of the World Cricket League, but coach Lawrence Mahatlane and his successor Craig Williams inspired a revolution which culminated in qualification from the Africa Qualifier in November last year.

Uganda pipped Zimbabwe to second spot to qualify alongside Namibia, having beaten the Chevrons in the group stage, leading to jubilant dancing celebrations on the field as the players etched their names into folklore.

And having had a front-row seat to the changes in Ugandan cricket spanning a generation, Nsubuga is still pinching himself at the prospect of coming up against the game’s stars in the USA and Caribbean.

“To qualify for this World Cup was a shock,” he said. “After beating Zimbabwe, we couldn’t wait to play again. The boys are so excited and waiting to see what the experience will hold.

“I have been trying for this for the last 27 years. I have been waiting for my dream to come true and now it has.

“I am 43 now, 44 in August, so it is amazing for me. I cannot wait for my first game at the World Cup.

“So many things have changed in my time. We used to play on astroturf wickets but now we have four grass wickets, which is very good for us as it was hard to switch between them for training and playing.

“We also now have a more semi-professional set-up, which is very good for Ugandan cricket.

“We train for almost the whole day, and we have contracts so we can take something home to our families.”

Nsubuga was introduced to the game through his father’s work at the Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala, while his mother would cook lunches for the various sports clubs based in the area.

He credits Samuel Walusimbi, who played in the 1975 Cricket World Cup for East Africa, with ultimately inspiring a love of the game which was not immediately apparent.

“I played hockey, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, I was very good at tennis, I was playing handball, and I also love soccer,” he said.

“I learned cricket last because I used to fear the cricket ball. We started with a tennis ball and the coaches there helped me a lot.

“My brothers played, one of them (Roger Mukasa) still plays with me in the national team, and our coach used to tell our dad to give us four samosas and two sodas every day when he saw us on the cricket field.

That kept us playing!”

Cricket will soon lose a 40-something icon when England legend James Anderson retires this summer but Nsubuga, two years the seamer’s elder, shows no sign of slowing down.

I can’t wait to bowl at Andre Russell and Kane Williamson is also an amazing batsman. If I could take his wicket, I’ll be the happiest man in the world.”


“Everyone at home was so excited to see us qualify, we are the first Ugandan men’s team to do so, and everyone wants to know when we will be playing so they can watch.

“People are eagerly awaiting the start, they will be tuning in.”

Nsubuga and his teammates may be making history but they are determined to ensure this is no one-off as they look to inspire a generation.

“At the moment, cricket in Uganda is not so big,” he said.

“We are trying to take the game deep into the villages and it is going well, we have some promising cricketers for the future.

A magnificent diving catch against Kenya went viral two years ago and with Uganda preparing to take on the likes of West Indies and New Zealand in Group C, Nsubuga is hoping to cause problems for some of his younger opponents, many of whom would not have been born when he made his bow at an international tournament.

“I feel so proud to still be playing at 43,” he said. “I am still strong and I am very grateful for that.

I have a routine. I wake up very early in the morning, around 6am, and I jog around 7-8km. After that, I come to the club and train.

“I can’t wait to bowl at Andre Russell and Kane Williamson is also an amazing batsman. If I could take his wicket, I’ll be the happiest man in the world.”

Photo courtesy of ICC

Junaid Siddiqui:

‘X-Man’ ready to shine for Canada on big stage

Junaid ‘The X-Man’ Siddiqui’s signature leg spin is set to light up the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, more than a decade on from the Canada star’s international debut.

The 39-year-old all-rounder grew up playing street cricket amid the bustle of Karachi before moving to Toronto with his family at the age of 13.

Siddiqui will now showcase his trademark aggression at the crease as part of his country’s historic maiden T20 World Cup squad and is looking forward to displaying his distinguished ‘X’ celebration on after every wicket he takes.

He said: “It was something to spice it up a little bit because I was very aggressive and when I was taking wickets, I would run off the camera every single time on the left.

“When I wanted to celebrate, me and my wife came up with something along the lines of an X to mark that the batter has gone. It’s more to save myself a bit of aggression and use it for one action. It came out well, people started liking and I just continued it.

“When I started leg spin in T20s, not many spinners could come and bowl in the powerplay. I was unique in that way.”

Siddiqui was one of the first homegrown Canadian players to play first-class cricket and did so in Sri Lanka before being selected for his national team.

The right-hander was recalled to the squad having last played an internation-

al T20 in 2022 and is now relishing the prospect of the opening day showdown against the USA in Dallas.

“Playing in Sri Lanka was a huge experience for me because that motivated me so much,” he continued. “I played all my cricket in Canada where I couldn’t compete as much and there was not a lot of exposure, yet I was able to get picked in a first-class team.

“That gave me a huge boost where I thought I could pursue this as a profession. I’m proud and happy that I was able to do it for so long and I’m still doing it.

“There are setbacks, and every country has to face how to move forward beyond a World Cup and how to make a team – the process has happened over the last 13 years.

“We just don’t want to be a participant in the World Cup, we want to make sure that we go out there and be the best of us, we don’t want to be a passenger sitting in the bus.

“It (selection) was a big call. With what I have been doing for the last two years, I was expecting it one way or another because I had good performances behind me. When I found out, it was the best news of my life.”

Playing in a tournament close to home is one thing but knowing how to play on an American wicket is another and Siddiqui is prepared for exactly what to expect.

The seasoned pro has recently played

for California Golden Eagles in the United States Premier League and believes the American wickets will provide high-scoring contests.

He said: “We have played on a few wickets like in Dallas and we know it’s a really good wicket to bat on with Major League playing there last year. The bowlers definitely have to be ready with these really good wickets.

“I’ve played a lot of cricket in the US on a contract and tournament basis and they have done a good job. The facilities are good, you will see high-scoring games and it will be a really fun World Cup.”

Siddiqui need not look far for cricket idols growing up with Herschelle Gibbs and Abdul Qadir providing much inspiration for his career of longevity. Still, the one constant in his life remains his Muslim faith.

As he prepares for a group stage against the USA, Ireland, India and his birth country Pakistan, he is using his belief and the support of his family to remain grounded on the biggest of stages.

“My belief came from my performances, staying consistent,” he said. “My parents and family gave me a lot of support and prayed for me, especially my wife. Their support made me want to keep going and that made a big difference.

“You work hard, you be humble, a kind person and leave everything in God’s hands. If it’s good, it will come to you, if it’s not, someone else will have it better.”

Photo courtesy of ICC

MLC Stars to Participate in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024

As the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 approaches and cricket fever grips the world, Cognizant Major League Cricket (MLC) continues to make a global impact. Forty-five of its star players are set to play in the ICC’s marquee event, which will take place in the USA and West Indies from June 1 to 29, 2024.

Cognizant Major League Cricket was recently awarded List-A status, recognized by the ICC as an official T20 league, making it America’s first worldclass domestic tournament.

MLC’s six teams, Los Angeles Knight Riders, MI New York, San Francisco Unicorns, Seattle Orcas,

Texas Super Kings, and Washington Freedom, boast some of the world’s best international and domestic talent who are readying to represent their respective countries in the World Cup.

Team USA includes MLC players Ali Khan, Nitish Kumar, and Shadley Van Schalkwyk (Los Angeles

Knight Riders), Steven Taylor, Nosthush Kenjige, Monank Patel and Shayan Jahangir (MI New York), Corey Anderson (San Francisco Unicorns), Harmeet Singh, (Seattle Orcas), Milind Kumar (Texas Super Kings) Andries Gous, Saurabh Netravalkar and Yasir Mohammad (Washington Freedom).

All 45 MLC players who will be featuring in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, listed by team:

Los Angeles Knight Riders

• Ali Khan – USA

• Nitish Kumar – USA

• Shadley Van Schalkwyk – USA

• Andre Russell – WI

• Shakib Al Hasan – Bangladesh

• David Miller - South Africa

• Josh Little - Ireland

MI New York

• Steven Taylor – USA

• Nosthush Kenjige – USA

• Monank Patel – USA

• Shayan Jahangir – USA

• Tim David – Australia

• Nicholas Pooran - West Indies

• Rashid Khan – Afghanistan

• Kagiso Rabada - South Africa

• Trent Boult - New Zealand

• Anrich Nortje - South Africa

• Romario Shepherd - West Indies

San Francisco Unicorns

• Corey Anderson – USA

• Matt Henry - New Zealand

• Josh Inglis – Australia

• Sherfane Rutherford - West Indies

• Haris Rauf - Pakistan

Seattle Orcas

• Harmeet Singh – USA

• Quinton de Kock - South Africa

• Heinrich Klaasen - South Africa

• Michael Bracewell - New Zealand

• Ryan Rickelton - South Africa

• Obed McCoy - West Indies

• Imad Wasim - Pakistan

Texas Super Kings

• Milind Kumar – USA

• Mitchell Santner - New Zealand

• Devon Conway - New Zealand

• Aiden Markram - South Africa

• Daryl Mitchell - New Zealand

• Naveen-ul-Haq – Afghanistan

Washington Freedom

• Andries Gous – USA

• Saurabh Netravalkar – USA

• Yasir Mohammad – USA

• Marco Jansen - South Africa

• Akeal Hosein - West Indies

• Glenn Maxwell – Australia

• Travis Head – Australia

• Lockie Ferguson - New Zealand

• Rachin Ravindra - New Zealand

Photo courtesy of Richard Huggard/ SPORTZPICS for MLC

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