Canada retain 10 players for 2020 World Cup

Canada has named its squad for the 2020 Over-50s Cricket World Cup, with 10 players having been retained from the side that finished fifth at the 2018 tournament in Sydney.

These include their new captain, Rohan Jayasekera - a former Sri Lankan Test cricketer who turns 62 next week - and his brother Shantha, who averaged 48.33 at the Sydney tournament. Also back is Rudy Gibson, who took 10 wickets at 16 in Sydney, with a best of 4/32.

However, they will be missing their star bowler from Sydney, Mahmood Ahmed, who took 12 wickets at 14.92, and keeper-batsman Roy Singh, who has thrown in his lot with the West Indies instead.

Nevertheless, Canada should again punch above their weight. They pulled off some surprises in 2018, running New Zealand very close and then tipping over Wales and South Africa to eventually win the Plate final.

Canadian squad: Rohan Jayasekera (captain), David Mohamed (vice-captain), Brian Rajadurai, Graham Castanheiro, Shantha Jayasekera, Syed Imran Kazmi, Vishan De Mel, Rafiullah Syed, Mukesh Narula, Michael Correia, Vince Correia, Naveed Serai, Puvi Ravishankar, Rudy Gibson, Abhilash Patel, Glen Cardoza.

Team manager: Hector Duncan

By Jim Morrison