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MARGATE/FL – USA: A number of players from T&T will be hopping across to the United States for the upcoming US Open T20 tournament which will take place from December 15 at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale.
Trinbago Knight Riders players Akeal Hosein who has been to the tournament before and Khary Pierre will be looking to show their wares for the world to see.
In addition to the spin pair, the other Trinidadians on show will be
Rayad Emrit who will captain the Atlanta Paramveers, Guyana Amazon Warriors Kissoondath Magram, former Red Force allrounder Navin ‘Gonzalo’ Stewart, St. Lucia Zouks batsman Mark Deyal and West Indies under-19 batsman Leonardo Julien.
Stewart has been one of the more successful players in the history of the US Open T20 and was on the championship-winning teams for the past two years. In addition to this, he was adjudged man of the match at the last two finals.
This year eight teams will take part and vie for total prize money of US$100,000. Chairman and CEO of Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) Mahammad Qureshi welcomed the Trini players saying: “The tournament has now grown into a big affair and over the years the players from Trinidad have contributed to this. We are very happy to welcome them to the different teams as they have given a lot to the tournament.”
The other West Indian players coming in for the tournament are Chris Gayle, Fabian Allen, Kesrick Williams, Andre Russell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Paul Wintz, Krishma Santokie, Trevon Griffith, Christopher Barnwell, Kevin Sinclair, Ahmead Nedd, Chadwick Walton, Anthony Bramble, Devendra Bishoo, Kennar Lewis, Shawn Findlay, Derwin Christian.