Updated: October 29, 2022 at 9:23 p.m IST
Abu Dhabi [UAE]October 29 (ANI): Morrisville SAMP Army icon David Miller is one of the most explosive batsmen in white-ball cricket and head coach Lance Klusener will be keen to make the most of his talents in the sixth season of the Abu Dhabi T10.
The Morrisville SAMP Army is one of two new teams, the other being the New York Strikers, in the eight-team tournament that begins Nov. 23. SAMP Army’s first game will be played against Bangla Tigers on 24th. November.
Head coach Lance Klusener of Morrisville’s SAMP Army expects ahead of the season to see his hitters do a fair amount of the heavy lifting, clearing the ropes frequently, just as he did in his day with the South African side. Abu Dhabi T10 League release said.
“We’d like to get him (David Miller) in and get him to face as many balls as possible. We’ve got Shimron Hetmyer and Moeen Ali, who’s very experienced T10 cricket. So it’s just about finding a balance. There’s no reason why any of them shouldn’t could open up the batting. But I think we’ll just have to figure it out and see closer to the time,” Klusener said.
“We’re doing our best to win the race. There’s no reason why we can’t. T10 is constantly evolving and the teams actually change quite a lot, so there’s no reason why we can’t hit the ground running and hang on to the silverware,” he added.
When asked if the shorter format favored the batsmen more and was less friendly to the bowlers, the former all-rounder said: “I think almost all the players who play in the league come from the system. Top-class players don’t necessarily come to the league to learn skills. They have to deliver a certain skill set. Yes, and there is a focus on that at a certain skill level, but there are also players who come into the leagues and do well and have made it to their national teams because of their performances.”
Meanwhile, Morrisville’s SAMP Army is looking to spread its wings across the cricket world. Team owner Ritesh Patel said giving a platform to US cricketers is also on their agenda.
“We’re expanding the long-term plan. My whole team is working on that. And over the next few years, you’ll see the SAMP Army be all over the world … so the next few years, so you’ll see our name everywhere,” said Patel.
“We wanted to give exposure to a lot of US players and we also wanted to get it in this fast and challenging format. And T10 is one of the best formats and especially the way Abu Dhabi 10 works,” said Ritesh Patel.
He also explained that the SAMP Army aims to reach grassroots cricket in the US.
“We have already made plans after the last few years in the USA. We have worked with many young cricketers. We have given opportunities to many youngsters to play cricket in the USA, in many schools and everywhere because it is the right thing. We are working really hard in grassroots cricket and we want to give exposure to the players who deserve it. “, Patel signed off. (LETTER I)