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By Venu Palaparthi
First, you start with 10 bonus points just for wanting to play cricket in the U.S. Now, after the following math, if you end up with at least 5 points, then you will be called to the training camp.
You show up for the try-out = Zero points. The selection try-out is a relic of a bygone era. It is customarily announced a week before the tournament. By then, the team is most probably already decided.
You are US-born = Negative 5 points. Try to get yourself a long-form birth certificate from a cricket playing country.
You are not a league or regional administrator yourself OR you don't play for a club whose members include an influential regional administrator or current USA team member = Negative 2 points.
You COMPETE for a spot with a regional administrator: Negative 10 points. Sorry. We cannot help you here.
You are a member of a club, league or region that opposes the cricket establishment: Negative 5 points. Please read our supplement titled 'Politics for Dummies.'
You live in the North East Region = Negative 10 points. And you have my sympathies. For reasons, see above. Your alternative is to move to New York.
You dare to complain about the selection process: Negative 1 point.
You were not born in the same country or the same Island as the said influential regional administrator: Negative 1 point.
You played first class cricket = Zero points. So, you are trying to qualify on merit. Please go to the back of the line and wait for your turn.
You played well at the inter-league, regional or national tournament in a winning cause: Nice try again. Zero points.
You are a turf-hero: Negative 1 point. Go get yourself a matting wicket.
You played USA U-19 and want to try out for the senior team: Negative 2 points. You don't learn from experience, do you?
Now, do you still have 5 points? If so, congratulations! You have made the short-list.