Muscat: Oman national team player Zeeshan Maqsood won the best batsman award at the inaugural 2xCricket USA Cup Twenty20 tournament organised at the Moosa Stadium in Pearland, Texas from November 9 to 13.
The Sultanate’s swashbuckling opening batsman, representing UAE Falcons, amassed 265 runs in four matches to take the best batsman prize.
Though UAE Falcons failed to reach the final, narrowly losing their semifinal match to Houston Sparks, Zeeshan’s scores of 6, 94, 128 and 54 helped him lift the best batsman award.
Asad Ali of Houston Sparks who took 11 wickets in the competition was adjudged the best bowler while Nepali Rhinos’ Shawn Findlay, who scored 193 runs and took 10 wickets, was declared the best player of the tournament.
The eight-team T20 event was played on an unique format of two innings of 10 overs each.
Besides UAE Falcons and Houston Sparks, the other teams who took part in the event are Nepali Rhinos, Florida Underdogs, Montgomery Sports Management, Pak Punjab, Smart Choice and Somerset Cavaliers.
For the record, Nepali Rhinos emerged the inaugural champions after defeating Houston Sparks in an exciting final.
While Zeeshan Maqsood’s UAE Falcons were captained by the former UAE skipper Khurram Khan, the tournament interestingly attracted top Pakistani stars including Saeed Ajmal, Asad Ali (Houston Sparks) and Kamran Akmal (Houston Sparks) a well as former West Indies player Ricardo Powell.