Area's Top Talent, International Stars, Young Guns and Experienced Veterans to take part in DreamCricket's New Jersey Twenty20
Twelve teams comprising some of the most talented cricketers in the
North East have now confirmed that they will take part in the inaugural
DreamCricket New Jersey Twenty20 event. Players ranging from the best
youngsters to first class cricketers have now been signed up by the
to the tournament has been overwhelming, and demand for team slots has
far exceeded the number of team slots available. As for the players,
there are enough first class and international players in the
DreamCricket New Jersey Twenty20, that if we strung them together as an
All-Star team, they would give an ICC team a run for its money.
The twelve teams are - Holmdel Hurricanes, Tri-State Argonauts, Mercer
Warriors, Edison Daredevils, Jersey Indians, Philadelphia Terminators,
Global Challengers, Somerset Cavaliers, North Jersey Renegades, New
York Knights, NJ Royals and Southern Connecticut Patriots. Most teams
are very different from the club sides that their names are associated
with in the local leagues. For New Jersey Twenty20, the teams have
injected new players and killer instinct.
Pakistan Opener Nasir Jamshed will play
for Philadelphia Terminators
at the NJ Twenty20
Although there was no draft process, teams unknowingly gravitated
towards one - with the best players getting most requests to join their
teams. The New Jersey Twenty20 promises to be a dueling ground for the
young and the experienced, the American born and the immigrants, local
heroes and international stars, classy cricketers who migrated to USA
to pursue better opportunities while still playing cricket and those
first class players who came to America after a productive cricket
Just as with the IPL, the best team on paper may or may not win the
contest. That said, let us look at the teams (these are incomplete
lists - full rosters will be published soon).
First the young guns to whom all credit should go for learning and
playing their cricket in USA. That should show everyone that cricket is
not a sport played by immigrants alone. The next generation is
embracing it with vigorous enjoyment. We have two entire teams - New
York Knights and the Edison Daredevils - a majority of whom are either
American born students or recent graduates of USA universities. The
average age of these two teams is 20. How about that for Twenty20? They
may not have age on their side, but they have attacking batting, quick
running, sharp fielding and superb bowling.
Akeem Dodson above
only in USA
Some are USA born
The New York Knights
sponsored by Stuart Sport, are all under 25 years of age - most have
won a national U19 championship and some have represented USA in the
U19 World Cup where they reached the semi-finals of the Plate
Championshop. The Knights include Andre Kirton, Akeem Dodson, Dwayne
Smith, Romeno Deane, Greg Sewdial, Keon Lake and Abdulla Syed.
are either currently enrolled in or recent
graduates of New Jersey colleges. In another country, this might be
called a Combined Universities team. The boys are instantly recognized
in the leagues of New Jersey - for their performance that is remarkable
and for their enthusiasm that is unparalleled. Captained by Rushi Amin,
the team includes Sidharth Sharma, Gautam Sharma, Gautam Shetty, Noman
Iftikar, Fahad Ahmed and Himanshu Patel.
Philadelphia's strike bowler
The Philadelphia New Castle Terminators
pulled out all the stops for this competition. On the batting front,
they have the Pakistan ODI opener Nasir Jamshed, who scored two 50's in
the two matches he played in the Asia Cup 2008. On the bowling side,
they have Imran Awan - the right-arm fast bowler has played for USA
since 1999 including the ICC Champions Trophy 2004. Imran took the
wickets of Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Smith in
a promotional match against West Indies in 2006. His tally was 3 for 39
in that match. Imran plays for Washington Tigers in the WCL.
Former West Indies paceman
Reon King will play for Global
Who has not heard of Global CC
in the North East? Global is the home away from home
for some of the best West Indies cricketers in the Tri-State area.
Global Challengers has roped in two former West Indies cricketers and
several others who have played first class cricket. First of them is Reon King
the Guyanese pace bowler who has played for West Indies in 19 tests and
50 ODIs. Reon, who has been compared to Michael Holding, was West
Indies' fastest bowler at the turn of the century.
He is joined by Neil McGarrell,
slow left arm bowler who played four tests and 17 ODIs for West Indies.
His last match for Guyana was in 2007. Global's other players include Vishal Nagamootoo
, Rudy Naraine and Rafay Siddiqui.
Then there are the New Jersey teams drawing their talent from the
area's best clubs - these include SGCC, Global, Incredibles,
Gladiators, Cavaliers, Holmdel and Gymkhana.
The Tri-State Argonauts
Amjad Khan will
play for Argonauts
as their name suggests, are going for gold! This team comprises some of
the best known names in this part of the world including three former
first class cricketers. Amjad Khan
- the former J&K player and American captain who was responsible
for USA's spectacular victory over Barbados in the Red Stripe Bowl
(Jamaica, 2000). Closer to home, Amjad holds the record for the highest
individual score in North America - 304 not out (19x6, 28x4) in a team
total of 436 for 7 in a league game.
Also playing for the Argonauts is the super-efficient Andhra medium-pacer, Ramkishen Hanumara
who has a first class bowling economy of a miserly 2.77. Hanumara plays
regular season in New Jersey for the Gladiators. Also on the Argonauts
team is the experienced Zamin Amin
the former Guyana U19 player who played for over a decade for USA.
Praveen Vijay, the captain of the Argonauts team, played U16 and U19
for Karnataka. The team includes Shantharam Serukur (2007 Best Batsman
- CLNJ), Fazeh Abbasi, Hari Kilakenchrerry, Fazal Alam and Pradeep
North Jersey Renegades
are the reigning champions of the
Millennium Cricket League. Their team in the Twenty20 competition is
the North Jersey Renegades - a top-notch outfit that combined the
strengths of Commonwealth League, the Millennium Cricket League and
Prince Cricket Club in the CLNJ. The team includes the Bangladeshi
cricketers Wahab Munir and Hunain Munir, Shahib Shehzad and Prince
cricketers Irfan Nasim and Wasim Arif.
sponsored by Jersey Farm, is captained by Uday
Patel. It draws its players from the strong South Gujarat Cricket Club
and features Chintan Patel (USA national team) and four players who
have played for the Atlantic Region - Siddharth Mehta (2007 CLNJ MVP
and Leading Scorer), Ketan Patel, Kiran Patel and Hiten Patel. In
addition, their team features former Maharashtra U16 player Priyesh
Shah, a student of Sri Ramakant Achrekar - who was also Tendulkar's
coach; and Jaymin Goswami (former Atlantic Region U19 player).
has Kunal Baride (Atlantic Region), Abbey
Joseph (former Tamil Nadu Division A), Sohail Akram (CLNJ's leading
wicket-taker who has played first class cricket in Pakistan) and some
of the best talent from the Holmdel, Incredibles and Gladiators sides.
Telkite sponsored Somerset Cavaliers
led by Bilal
Fayyaz are the Division 3 leaders in CLNJ and need no introduction to
New Jersey cricketers. By all accounts, they are well suited for
Twenty20 format. Their team includes players such as Shavinda Peiris,
Terry Almeida and Yamunan Kannan from NJ Sluggers, Piscataway and other
play as the Warriors Cricket Club and their roster includes Brijesh Patel, Parth Amin, Durale Forest and Azhar Sufi.
is led by former Karnataka opener Aditya Mishra.
Royals include such eminent cricketers as Dharmesh Tyagi, Mushtaq Ahangar, Farhan Kayani and Rajiv Nigam.
is the third out-of-state team in the
competition (New York and Philadelphia being the other two) and it is
an all-star team from the Southern Connecticut Cricket Association.
Their roster will be published very soon.
Please note that the full rosters will be posted on the tournament website very soon.