Former Renegades seamer Cameron Stevenson named in USA T20I squad

Former Melbourne Renegades fast thrower Cameron Stevenson has been included in the USA T20I squad for the first time as part of one of several changes to the squad that will travel to Zimbabwe next month for the tournament ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B, July 10-17.
Stevenson, 29, has played 12 ODIs for the United States, including five on the recent Texas tour, since making his A-list debut for the national team at the CWI Super50 tournament in Trinidad in November 2019. However, he did not play a T20 match. since dressing for the Renegades on New Years Day 2017, when he took Kevin Pietersen’s wicket at the MCG in a seven-point win over the Melbourne Stars.

Stevenson effectively takes a berth made available by the absence of Ian Holland, who was the United States’ standout player in the ICC Americas T20 World Cup qualifier in Antigua last November when his 10 wickets topped the team in six matches propelled the United States to a first-place finish and a berth in Zimbabwe. But Holland is unavailable to visit Zimbabwe due to his cricket commitments in Hampshire.

Fast bowler Rusty Theron is also included after missing the Irish T20Is through injury. This will be the 36-year-old’s first tour of the African continent with the United States since switching in 2019 after playing nine T20Is and four ODIs for his native South Africa from 2010-2012.
The ripple effect of the T20I series against Ireland in December also had an impact on the USA squad for Zimbabwe. Sushant Modani and Yasir Mohammad retained their places in the USA T20I squad after impressing as last-minute substitutes against Ireland when four players – including Steven Taylor and vice-captain Aaron Jones – were sent off in December in Covid reason.

Modani capitalized on his opportunity and scored a fifty on his T20I debut in a win over Ireland. He was also one of the best-formed hitters for the United States in recent ODIs at Texas, scoring three fifty-one first century ODIs over the eight games. Teenage legpinner Mohammad also made his T20I debut against Ireland and was crucial in both matches to retain his Zimbabwe tour spot, effectively replacing left-arm spinner Karima Gore who was initially in the US team T20I against Ireland before being ruled out with Covid.

The arrival of Stevenson combined with the emergence of Modani and Mohammad – as well as the return of Taylor, Jones and Jaskaran Malhotra, who also missed Ireland’s games with Covid – means a number of players are giving way . Ryan Scott, who went 8 and 11 in his opening two batting innings against Ireland, was left out. Xavier Marshall was also dropped after scoring 4 of 11 in his only round against Ireland. Versatile teenager Ritwik Behera was also dropped after struggling in his pair of chances against Ireland, making a four ball duck followed by 16 from 23. Jessy Singh and Ali Sheikh were also left behind after not not having taken the field against Ireland.

The USA team leaves later this month to begin their preparation for the T20 World Cup qualifiers with four T20 games in Namibia – two against Namibia and Jersey – before traveling to Zimbabwe where they will play two more games. warm-up against the Netherlands on July 6 and Sept.

The United States have been placed in Group A of the qualifiers to be held in Bulawayo where they will face Jersey, Singapore and Zimbabwe. The top two teams from each group of four teams – Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and Uganda are in Group B – will qualify for the semi-finals where the two winners will advance to the T20 World Cup in Australia in October.

Team USA T20I: Monank Patel (capt./wk), Aaron Jones (vice-captain), Marty Kain, Ali Khan, Jaskaran Malhotra, Sushant Modani, Yasir Mohammad, Saurabh Netravalkar, Nisarg Patel, Gajanand Singh, Cameron Stevenson, Steven Taylor, Rusty Theron , Vatsal Vaghela

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