Allen is one of four changes to USA’s maiden T20I squad that played a pair of matches against UAE in March. The other notable incoming player is Cameron Gannon, the 30-year-old pace bowler from Queensland who represented Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League and has 22 first-class matches to his name. Sources have stated Gannon, a US passport holder, was invited to USA’s squad camp by David Saker, the former Australian bowling coach, who was brought on board as a USA consultant coach in July.
The other two arrivals into the USA T20 squad are left-arm spinning allrounders Nisarg Patel and Karima Gore. The 31-year-old Nisarg was in USA’s squad for WCL Division Three in Oman last November but never made it into the starting XI and hasn’t played for USA since February 2018. The 21-year-old Gore made his USA debut on the tour of UAE in March and played a key role helping the team secure ODI status at WCL Division Two in Namibia a month later.
The players to make way from USA’s T20I squad are Jannisar Khan and Roy Silva, who were not invited to the LA camp, Elmore Hutchinson, who turned 37 on this past Sunday and has seen his opportunities steadily dwindle and Nosthush Kenjige who, despite being USA’s highest wicket-taker in the last round of T20 World Cup Americas Regional Qualifying, has fallen behind in an increasingly strong spin-bowling line-up.
USA play Bermuda, Canada and Cayman Islands in the double round-robin event. The top two teams advance to the 14-team T20 World Cup Qualifier in the UAE beginning October 11.
USA squad: Timroy Allen, Cameron Gannon, Karima Gore, Aaron Jones, Ali Khan, Jaskaran Malhotra (wk), Xavier Marshall, Saurabh Netravalkar (capt.), Monank Patel, Nisarg Patel, Timil Patel, Jessy Singh, Steven Taylor, Hayden Walsh Jr.