USA pick Abhishek Paradkar for World Cup Qualifier; Ian Holland unavailable

USA squad for World Cup Qualifier
May 25, 2023

Left-arm pace bowler Abhishek Paradkar has been brought in as the lone addition to a mostly-unchanged USA squad for next month's ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. Apart from Paradkar, USA have the same 14 players that helped them win the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier Playoff at Namibia in April to secure a place for the tournament in Zimbabwe.

Paradkar was included in part to serve as cover for fast bowler Ali Khan, who is set to miss USA's first two matches of the tournament, against West Indies and Nepal, in order to serve a two-match ban he received after being reprimanded for his behaviour during USA's victory over Jersey in their last match of the Qualifier Playoff. Khan took career-best figures of 7 for 32 in the win but was penalised by the ICC match referee after a series of animated exchanges with Jersey players.

Paradkar, 22, took 4 for 26 on his ODI debut against Papua New Guinea in 2021 on the tour of Oman. However, he only played one more match on that tour, against Nepal, and has not been picked for USA since then.

Medium-pace allrounder Ian Holland, who played a crucial role in USA's journey throughout the three-year-long Cricket World Cup League 2 ODI tournament for Associates, is unavailable for the World Cup Qualifier due to his County commitments with Hampshire.

USA squad: Monank Patel (capt & wk), Aaron Jones (vice-capt), Shayan Jahangir (wk), Nosthush Kenjige, Ali Khan, Sushant Modani, Sai Mukkamalla, Saurabh Netravalkar, Abhishek Paradkar, Nisarg Patel, Kyle Phillip, Usman Rafiq, Gajanand Singh, Jessy Singh, Steven Taylor

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