Shailendra Singh to lead India in South Africa

India have named their squad for the 2020 Over-50s World Cup to take place in South Africa in March.

Despite dominating international cricket for the last few years, India are completely new to the Over-50s game. In fact, the first ever games of Over-50s cricket were only played this week, in Mumbai, as hopefuls gathered from around the country and the globe for three trial matches.

Players came from as far away as England and the US in response to the global call by the newly-formed IVCCI for keen players.

From this group, 16 have been selected to travel to South Africa for the second edition of the Over-50s World Cup.

India will be something of an unknown quantity given their lack of an established Over-50s cricket infrastructure and culture.

But what is certain is that they will be well supported. The team’s Facebook page has seen an eight-fold increase in Likes in just two weeks and a large number of new cricketers have expressed an interest in participating.

The squad will be led by all-rounder Shailendra Singh. Tushar Zaveri scored a whirlwind century in one of the trial matches, while former first-class player Iqbal Khan also performed well.

Spinner Ashwani Arora took a five-wicket bag and US-based Srikanth Satya did well with bat and ball.

Verinder Boombla and Sanjay Beri both play in the competitive English county Over-50s Championship, so they will be familiar with the format and the standard.

Indian squad: Shailendra Singh (captain), Mayank Khandwala, Thomas George, Verinder Boombla, PG Sundar, Tushar Zaveri, Aadil Chagla, Dilip Chavan, Parak Ananta, Iqbal Khan, Preetinder Singh, Ashwani Arora, Sanjay Beri, Deepak Chadha, Srikanth Satya, Pradeep Patel.

By Jim Morrison