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Four Former Ranji Trophy Players in USA Squad for Super50 Tournament

Mumbai’s Saurabh Netravalkar, Punjab’s Sunny Sohal, Hyderabad’s Ibrahim Khaleel and Gujarat’s Timil Patel are all part of the USA team of 14 that will take part in the West Indies Regional Super50 tournament beginning January 31.

Cricketnext Staff |January 20, 2018, 1:07 PM IST
Four Former Ranji Trophy Players in USA Squad for Super50 Tournament

More than half of the cricket squad of USA are players of Indian origin, while four of them have previously played the Ranji Trophy, reported the Indian Express.

Mumbai’s Saurabh Netravalkar, Punjab’s Sunny Sohal, Hyderabad’s Ibrahim Khaleel and Gujarat’s Timil Patel are all part of the USA team of 14 that will take part in the West Indies Regional Super50 tournament beginning January 31.

After the change in rules by the ICC last year, a team can now have two players from any country in their playing eleven as long as they have been residents of the country for at least three years.

The Punjab man, Sohal, in 2007 was part of the India U-19 squad along with current Indian captain Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Thata apart, Sohal also won the IPL in 2009 with the Deccan Chargers, who are now defunct.

According to reports, Sohal had quit cricket after being a victim of politics in Punjab cricket after which he moved to the USA.

“One day, at a nets session with Punjab team, I couldn’t stand the politics there and decided enough is enough. I just took my bag and returned home,” said Sohal.

Saurabh Netravalkar turned out for the Mumbai Ranji team in the 2014 season, but questions around job security forced him to move to the USA, where he thought his cricket career was over. Netravalkar, a software engineer has even designed a cricket app.

“I never thought I will play cricket again but after coming to US, I got to know there was cricket in my college. There was a West Indian coach, who saw me bowl and asked whether I played decent cricket. Then he recommended me to different clubs here,” Netravalkar said.

“So what if I couldn’t play for India, atleast I will represent USA team,” Sohal said. “There is no job for a cricketer in India. Each player has to experience different kind of politics and it starts from district cricket itself. I played in IPL but still couldn’t represent Punjab. But I think god has something else planned for me.”

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