Young Steven Taylor (above) was named skipper of the USA team for Auty Cup and ICC World Cricket League Division 4. Photo by Jayden Higgins.
Steven Taylor will Captain the USA senior team during the upcoming K. A. Auty Cup and ICC World Cricket League Division 4 events in Los Angeles. At 22, Taylor is the youngest member of the squad, however he has been around the USA senior squad for close to seven years.
Taylor’s exposure to international cricket through playing for the USA, and more recently his experience playing professional cricket with the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League, have helped to develop a good ‘cricket brain’ in the young batsman. National Coach, Pubudu Dassanayake, was immediately impressed with Steven’s understanding of the game. “Steven’s game sense in the field is very good, tactically he is quite advanced for a young cricketer. With his big game experience in both the CPL and national colours, his knowledge of his team-mates, and the respect they have for him, I know his leadership will play a key role in our future success.”
Speaking of his appointment, Taylor said, “I’m really excited to be appointed Captain and have the opportunity to lead my country. I know the entire squad has been working hard to make the most out of the upcoming Auty Cup and work towards our goal of winning World Cricket League 4.”
Taylor and Dassanayake will be supported by team manager Kerk Higgins and assistant coach Anand Tummala, who were appointed for these events following a public application process earlier this year. The support team will also involve an athletic trainer provided by St Vincent Sports Performance and performance analyst Unni Krishnan.
The Auty Cup commences tomorrow with three games taking place at Woodley Fields in Los Angeles on October 13th, 14th and 16th. ICC World Cricket League Division 4 commences on October 29th at Woodley Fields in LA, the week long event will see Bermuda, Denmark, Italy, Jersey, Oman and USA compete for the title.