The United States of America, along with its commercial partner ACE (American Cricket Enterprises), is attempting to bring in professional players, that includes the likes of Corey Anderson and Pakistan opening batsman Sami Aslam. These cricketers could represent the USA at the international level, post a three-year residency path.
Iain Higgins, the USA cricket CEO, was firm on winning games and qualify for the ICC tournaments. While Higgins admitted that they are not doing that well presently, they need to build role-models and heroes to carry their fortunes. He added that some men who have come through outside or qualified on residency grounds would also be considered.
“We want to win cricket games. We want to qualify for World T20s, we want to qualify for World Cups. We want to win cricket matches. By winning cricket matches, we’re able to – we don’t do this very well at the moment, but we need to do this better – we build heroes and role models that are wearing the stars and stripes, and we need to amplify those stories. Sometimes those will be people who have come through the US and sometimes those will be people that come into the team because they have a passport or have qualified on residency grounds. But we want the USA team to be at the forefront of the international cricketing community’s minds,” Higgins said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
Corey Anderson received recognition as one of the best all-rounders in the world and once held the record for the fastest ODI hundred in 2014 until AB De Villiers broke it a year later. Anderson is also in line as a marquee player for US Major League T20 franchise based in Dallas, scheduled to kickstart in 2022. The southpaw has so far played 13 Tests, 49 ODIs, and 31 T20Is, scoring 683, 1109, and 485 runs alongside picking up 16, 60, and 14 wickets respectively.
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