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CCUSA brings cricket to Margate Middle School

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CCUSA Operations manager Sofian Qamar speaks to Grade seven students at Margate Middle School on Thursday.

Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) continues to make strides in terms of spreading cricket in the United States as Thursday operations manager Sofian Qamar and communications manager Vinode Mamchan visited the Margate Middle School to introduce the sport to enthusiastic youngsters.

CCUSA was invited to be part of the school’s Career Day programme and three classes were carded to meet with Qamar to get a feel as to what is cricket. Qamar explained to the students that cricket is a career option and there is tremendous finance available in the sport.

According to Qamar :”We are introducing to you the world’s second biggest sport and we are all very anxious for this game to catch up in the United States. We at CCUSA have our set up within 100 yards of this school and we would like to have cricket played here. We want you to get involved in something that can give you a meaningful career.

“We want you to know that we are here to assist you in case you want to pursue a career in this direction.” CCUSA communications manager Mamchan was also on hand and explained that even outside of playing the game, there are lucrative opportunities in terms of being experts in the sports. “The opportunities are endless in this sport. If you play the sport that is one thing but the media opportunities are so much, that you can easily make a career in this direction.”

Qamar informed the youths that the money involved in the sport for players can run into the millions and a comfortable life awaits them.

CCUSA have so far introduced cricket to Plantation Middle School, Pinecrest School and North Broward Prep Academy and the results have been very promising.

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Ali XI prevails in Ramadan cricket

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CCUSA officials and winners of the tournament Ali XI after the finals in Sunrise

The very popular Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) Ramadhan cricket tournament came to an end on Saturday night and coming away winners were Ali XI by seven wickets at Sunrise in Florida.
Batting first, ISFS XI scored an under par 58 for seven of their 10 overs. This was always going to be an inadequate score, as 90 was the average score for teams batting first in this tournament. Irfan tried his best with 14 and was supported by Abid with 10. Qasim, Tanveer and Ahmed were also good with the ball and took a wicket apiece to retard the scoring.
Ali XI then rushed to victory at 59 for three in seven overs with Ali making 16. Sarosh counted an aggressive 15 at the top of the order, while Qasim after his good bowling came back and scored an unbeaten 12 to usher in the victory.
Chairman of CCUSA, Mahammad Qureshi whose brainchild this tournament was, said :”We had a very good tournament and I am happy that everyone enjoyed themselves. We see this tournament as important for the brothers in the mosque and they were all looking forward to the cricket after prayers every night.
“We are going to continue this event next year and it is sure to be even bigger and better. I want to thank everyone for their great support of this tournament and want to wish them all the best.”

ISFS XI 58/7 (10 overs) (Irfan 14, Abid 10, Qasim 1 /3, Tanveer 1 /5, Ahmed 1 /7) vs Ali XI 59/3 (7 overs) (Sarosh 15, Ali 16, Qasim 12 not out) – Ali XI won by 7 wkts.

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All-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya

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   November 27th 2015
Sri Lanka’s all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya will lead a star-studded group of overseas players for the T 20 US Open in Florida
By Orville Hall
Former Sri Lanka all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya will lead a who’s who of International players as they descend on the Central Broward Regional Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to participate in Cricket Council USA’s Seventh Annual T20 US Open tournament which takes place from December 3 to 6.
The tournament has attracted several World-class players over the years, and this year is no exception, and with an unprecedented 32 teams looking to dethrone last year’s winner, US Tigers, the competition is shaping up to be an exciting weekend of cricket in the Sunshine State. Apart from Jayasuriya, other stars coming in for the weekend of cricket include: 25 year-old Pakistani all-rounder, Saad Nasim, who played 3- T20 matches and 3 One Day Internationals with a top-score of 77 not out, and medium-pacer Aizaz Cheema, who played 7 tests and 14 ODI’s. South Africa will be represented by 31 year-old all-rounder Roelof Van Der Merwe, who played 13 ODI’s and picked up 17 wickets along the way.
Two Afghanistan players will be coming in for the T20 tournament; 23 year old Noor Ul Haq Malikzai, who is a former Afghanistan U-19 captain, and 28 year old all-rounder Samiullah Shenwari, who played 55 ODI’s, getting 1334 runs with a topscore of 96, while picking up 43 wickets.
Former West Indies leg-spinner, Samuel Badree, who played 22 ODI’s and picked up 31 wickets will suit up for the T20, along with Canada’s 24 year old opening batsman, Ruvindu Gunasekera, who played 19 ODI’s and 8 T20 games. Gunasekera represented Sri Lanka A before immigrating to Toronto. Trinidad and Tobago will be represented by opening batsman, Shazam Babwah, who played 12 first-class matches with one century, opening batsman, Nicholas Sookdeosingh, who played 3 matches for Trinidad, Justin Guillen, who represented the West Indies a team, and Adrian Ali, who represented Trinidad and Tobago at both the Under 19 and Under 23 levels.
Along with these overseas players, will be a contingent of USA National players, including former USA captain, Steve Massiah and current USA captain, Mohammad Ghous, along with former Guyana Under-19 batsman and USA national player, Alex Amsterdam. The top prize in this year’s competition is $50,000 for the winner. The runner-up gets $10,000, Semi-Finalists will receive $6,000 each, the Quarter Finalists will take home $4,000 each, there will be 4 additional prizes worth $500 each for individual performances, and a $10,000 donation will be given to the US Cricket Academy’s Development Program to help support youth cricket.
Chairman and CEO of the T 20 US Open, Maq Qureshi, said “we are all very excited about the upcoming tournament. We have a fantastic group of individuals who has worked tirelessly to make this happen, and we are eagerly looking forward to hosting the 32 teams which will be here in Sunny Florida for this great tournament”.