USA bags ODI status for the first time

Opener Xavier Marshall's 100 powered USA to a formidable 280/8 at the end of 50 overs before slow left-arm spinner Karima Gore's two for 49 helped restrict Hong Kong to 196/7.

United States Cricket Team beat Hong Kong by 84 runs in Windhoek, Namibia in the WCL Division 2 to gain ODI status for the first time in its history.   -  TWITTER| @usacricket

United States Cricket Team, on Wednesday, beat Hong Kong by 84 runs in Windhoek, Namibia in the WCL Division 2 to gain ODI status for the first time in its history.

Opener Xavier Marshall's 100 — he has played seven Tests for the West Indies — powered USA to a formidable 280/8 at the end of 50 overs before slow left-arm spinner Karima Gore's two for 49 helped restrict Hong Kong to 196/7.

 

Vision USA

At the helm of USA national team is former Sri Lankan cricketer Pubudu Dassanayake, who became a renowned coach among Associate Nations for his urge to blur the word ‘minnows’.

In a country known for its prowess in NFL and baseball, the team management continues to strive towards engaging children without a national affinity for cricket.

“We are close to finalising the new USA Cricket national entry level program which has been designed to attract children to the sport they might not know much about.

“We need experience and seasoned players to achieve this quite bullish target initially. At the same time, we have identified various young talents who are capable of making it to the national squad soon. I hope in two to three years time, we will have a full home-grown team," Dassanayake had told Sportstar in an interview last year.

Meanwhile, Oman, with three wins in its first three games, has also achieved ODI status.