Oram to Lead Strong Black Caps Team @ Hong Kong Cricket Sixes 2011

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[HD video below] 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 ever time.

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 Sixes All 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 winners 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 Crickets 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 Im 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 Scotland.

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 OBrien, the player who holds the record for the fastest World Cup century, off just 50 balls. Pool C includes last years 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 Central.

New Zealand Squad: Jacob Oram, Nathan McCullum, James Franklin, Rob Nicol, Luke Woodcock, Kieran Noema-Barnett and Derek de Boorder.

Pool A: All Stars, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Scotland.
Pool B: Australia, England, Bangladesh and Ireland.
Pool C: Pakistan, South Africa, India and Hong Kong.

Karp Group Hong Kong Cricket Sixes - Interview with Glyn Davies, Tournament Director

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