India to play Pakistan in Over 50s World Cup next year
India will face arch-rivals Pakistan in the Over 50s World Cup in South Africa; the tournament will be held in Cape Town and Stellenbosch between March 11 and 24 next year.
Shailendra Singh will captain India in the competition. India are grouped with Pakistan, England and hosts South Africa.
Shailendra Singh said, “I’ve captained Bombay Gym for 15 years, I represented the entire ’83 team during their streak and I’ve played against the greats in county cricket in England and Scotland.
“I’m excited for the chance to lead India in its World Cup effort and, along with Ajoy Roy, I hope to bring the cup back to India and make the entire nation proud,”
India will open their tournament account when they take on England on March 11.
Australia, West Indies, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka are in the other group. It is worth mentioning that India, West Indies, Namibia, and Zimbabwe are the very first time participating in the tournament.
President of India Over 50s Association, Ajoy Roy said his side is eager to mark lasting impression in their first ever competition for the veterans.
“You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. And that’s exactly what the Indian team hopes to do in their first showing against eleven others,” he was quoted as saying.
Former India skipper Kapil Dev is also excited about the tournament. He said, “This is a beautiful moment, he (Shailendra) is going to play cricket above 50 representing India and going to lead the World Cup.
“I want to wish him and his entire team good luck. Do well boys and we are with you all the way and enjoy the game.”
The first-ever Over 50s World Cup was played in Sydney in 2018 with Australia became the first title owner of the competition. However the tournament is not recognized by the International Cricket Council (ICC).