Corey Anderson in radar to play for the USA
It has been a long time since all-rounder Corey Anderson represented the New Zealand national cricket team. His last international appearance for New Zealand came against Pakistan in a Twenty20 series in the United Arab Emirates in November 2018. Since then his career has been marred by injuries in the recent seasons.
The southpaw was also an important member of the Black Caps in the 2015 World Cup tournament. He scored 231 runs at a batting average of 33 and picked up 14 wickets. Anderson’s last ODI appearance came in June 2017 and his last Test appearance came in February, 2016.
The all-rounder hasn’t enjoyed much success as far as the international cricket is concerned. In the latest development it has been learnt that he may well play for the United States of America. This means that their recruitment drive could attract the international cricketers from all across the world.
In 2019, the United States were approved ODI status during the World Cricket League Division Two. They announced their arrival in ODIs back in 2004 Champions Trophy.
The USA and its commercial partner ACE (American Cricket Enterprises), is working hard behind the scenes to bring in professionals. So far, they have been trying to bring in players like Corey Anderson and Pakistan left-handed batsman Sami Aslam. If everything happens as per the plan, then these two players could play for the USA at the international level after the three-year residency path.
We build heroes and role models: Iain Higgins
USA CEO Iain Higgins has made his plans and priorities quite clear. He wants USA to win cricket games and also want to qualify for the World T20s and World Cups. Higgins further added saying that they build heroes and role models.
“We want to win cricket games. We want to qualify for World T20s, we want to qualify for World Cups. We want to win cricket matches,” Iain Higgins, the USA Cricket CEO, was quoted as saying to ESPNcricinfo earlier this year.
“By winning cricket matches, we’re able to – we don’t do this very well at the moment, but we need to do this better – we build heroes and role models that are wearing the stars and stripes, and we need to amplify those stories.
“Sometimes those will be people who have come through the US and sometimes those will be people that come into the team because they have a passport or have qualified on residency grounds. But we want the USA team to be at the forefront of the international cricketing community’s minds,” he added.
During the coronavirus epidemic, Anderson spent his time with fiancée Mary Shamburger in Texas. He has been discussed as a key player for the United States Major League T20 franchise in Dallas, scheduled to start in the year 2022.
The southpaw is not part of New Zealand’s domestic season this year. However, he plied his trade for Auckland in the Super Smash last year. In 2014, he stunned the cricket fraternity by scoring the fastest ODI century off 36 balls which was broken by star cricketer AB de Villiers in 2015.