Former Eastern Province and Proteas all-rounder Dave Callaghan has been named as captain of South Africa for the Over-50 World Cup.
Callaghan will lead a squad that feature other former Proteas cricketers in batsmen Jonty Rhodes and Pieter Strydom, and seamers Allan Dawson and Henry Williams. Former fast bowler Allan Donald is the team’s head coach.
‘It’s a fantastic honour to be playing for an official South African team again, none of us imagined we would get this chance, especially a World Cup,’ said Callaghan.
‘We have a strong team on paper and, I can assure you, the boys are already putting in extra work and loading up on their game time to make sure we’re in the best shape possible in March – and good on grass as well as paper.
‘There is generally a bit more spin bowled in Over-50 cricket but most of us can still hit the ball as well as we did a few years ago. We were all very competitive sportsmen in our prime and that doesn’t change, but the spirit and camaraderie will be even better.’
A dozen countries – Australia, England, Canada, India, Sri Lanka, Namibia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Wales, West Indies, Zimbabwe and South Africa – will contest the tournament. It will be hosted in Cape Town from 11-24 March 2020.
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