Rusty Theron in action during 2017 US Open T20 - Image by Cricket Council USA @CricketCouncil (Twitter)

Former South African pacer Rusty Theron has been named in the 14-member USA men’s National squad for the upcoming 2nd round for ICC CWC League 2 tournament in Central Broward Regional Park ground in Florida from Sep 13th – 23rd, 2019.

Theron, who retired from South Africa’s domestic first-class cricket in 2015, has been residing in Florida ever since and playing in the US domestic circuit tournament and leagues, including the franchise-based US Open T20 Championship. Theron, who has now qualified to represent USA after fulfilling the residency eligibility rule, will be in-line to make his USA ODI debut against Namibia and Papua New Guinea.

CWC League 2, which is the qualification pathway program towards 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, will see seven nations (USA, Namibia, PNG, Scotland, UAE, Nepal and Oman) play a total of 36 ODI matches from 2019-2021, at the conclusion of which the top three teams will qualify automatically for 2022 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers, while bottom four teams will go through a Qualifier Challenge play-off tournament along with table-toppers from Group A & B of CWC Challenge League for final two spots into the World Cup Qualifiers.

Papua New Guinea have already started their League 2 campaign in Scotland in Aug 2019, which ended in a disappointing note for the squad, as they lost all their four matches (two each against Scotland and Oman) during the tournament. USA and Namibia will start their campaign in round 2 in Florida.

USA Squad

Saurabh Netravalkar (Captain), Steven Taylor, Karima Gore, Elmore Hutchinson, Aaron Jones, Nosthush Kenjige, Jaskaran Malhotra, Xavier Marshall, Monank Patel, Nisarg Patel, Sagar Patel, Timil Patel, Jasdeep Singh & Rusty Theron

For full schedule of round 2 of CWC League 2 in Florida, click here.

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