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Fiery all-rounder Jacob Oram will lead New Zealand at the Karp
Group Hong Kong Cricket Sixes 2011, and he believes that he has
the ammunition to win the tournament for his country for the first
The New Zealand squad for the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
has been selected from the One Day International and T20 squads
representing New Zealand on its tour of Zimbabwe starting 15
October 2011 in Harare.
The experience will stand
the Black Caps in good stead in a challenging Pool at the Hong
Kong Cricket Sixes and offers tournament organizers a wealth of
options when selecting players to hit out against the
Stars in the first ever T20 match to be played at the Sixes on
Friday afternoon, 28 October 2011.
Oram, a powerful
left-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler, will be at
the helm of a team that also includes former test representatives
and more-than useful all-rounders Nathan McCullum and James
Franklin, who is currently playing in the IPL Champions League.
“We have put together a competitive squad and will
go into the tournament with high hopes of winning,” said the
six-foot six-inch Oram who plays for the Rajasthan Royals in the
Indian Premier League.
New Zealand have never won
the Sixes, but the mix of experience and youth is a blend that
will give the Kiwis a potency as they seek to lift the US$50,000
winner’s purse at the 12-team event from 28-30 October at the
Kowloon Cricket Club.
Apart from right-arm off
spinner McCullum and left-arm fast bowler Franklin, the rest of
the squad comprises Rob Nicol, (New Zealand Cricket’s domestic
player of the year last season), Luke Woodcock, Kieran Noema-Barnett
and Derek de Boorder.
“A number of players have
international experience but we also have a couple of young guys
who will be representing their country for the first time,” Oram
said. “We have a very good line up all-rounders
and I’m confident we have the squad to win the tournament.”
One to watch out for will be Noema-Barnett, a
destructive batsman who has had a splendid domestic season this
year, while much is expected also of wicket-keeper batsman De Boorder.
Oram is eagerly anticipating his debut at
the Hong Kong Sixes, saying “I love the format as its quick and
entertaining and I look forward to experiencing the culture and
all that Hong Kong has to offer.”
The Black Caps
will face an early challenge when they come up against top seeds,
the All Stars, who boast explosive batsmen like Sanath Jayasuriya,
Shahid Afridi and Herschelle Gibbs in their lineup. The rest of
the opposition in pool A includes Sri Lanka and debutants
The defending champions, trans-Tasman rivals
Australia, head pool B which comprises England, Bangladesh and a
powerful Ireland outfit who will be led by Kevin O’Brien, the
player who holds the record for the fastest World Cup century, off
just 50 balls. Pool C includes last year’s runners-up Pakistan,
South Africa, India and hosts Hong Kong.
Tickets can be
purchased from the Hong Kong Ticketing website, the Hong Kong
Cricket Association office in Olympic House, Kowloon Cricket Club,
Hong Kong Cricket Club and at Jashan and DotCod restaurants in
New Zealand Squad: Jacob Oram, Nathan
McCullum, James Franklin, Rob Nicol, Luke Woodcock, Kieran Noema-Barnett
and Derek de Boorder.