New veterans’ cricket league launched

2019-10-29 06:01
Brian McMillan and Jonty Rhodes at the launch of the Evergreen Lifestyle Cape Veterans T20 League at Rondebosch Cricket Club last week.

Brian McMillan and Jonty Rhodes at the launch of the Evergreen Lifestyle Cape Veterans T20 League at Rondebosch Cricket Club last week.

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Eight cricket clubs from the southern suburbs have been selected to take part in a new T20 league.

The Evergreen Lifestyle Cape Veterans T20 League has been created by the Veterans Cricket Association of South Africa (VCASA) and was launched at Rondebosch Cricket Club a few weeks ago and kicked off in Cape Town this week.

The intention is to develop veterans cricket and identify players who can be considered for future Over 50’s Cricket World Cups, the first of which was held in Australia in November 2018, with Australia winning in a gripping final against Pakistan. The next tournament is to be held in Cape Town in March 2020. Veterans (players over 40) from Claremont, Cape Town, Fish Hoek, Green Point, Pinelands, St Augustine’s and Montrose cricket clubs will join Rondebosch to do battle, in coloured clothing and with a pink ball, every Wednesday from 16:00 this month until February next year.

The initiative is part of VCASA’s objective to start similar leagues throughout South Africa in order to keep cricketers playing the game.

Jonty Rhodes (50), Alan Donald (52), Fanie de Villiers (54) and Dave Callaghan (54) have raised their hands in support for selection to the SA team, along with other South African cricketing legends.

The organising committee has appointed Mike Proctor, Barry Richards, Graeme Pollock, Peter Kirsten and Omar Henry to promote the event come March.

The following former Proteas have registered their interest in participating as part of the South African team; Alan Donald, Dave Callaghan, Meyrick Pringle, Alan Dawson and Jonty Rhodes.

The VCASA is also awaiting final approval of its application to become a supplementary member of Cricket South Africa.

The VCASA will provide opportunities for those cricketers who never had the chance to represent their country at international level because of apartheid.

Recently retired players such as Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis will have the opportunity to represent South Africa once again thanks to the introduction of this platform.

Roger Moult, tournament director for the 2020 World Cup tournament in Cape Town, says that the 2020 tournament will include four new teams, namely West Indies, India, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The 2020 tournament has adopted the Boucher Legacy as the charity benefactor.

Headed up by former Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, the Boucher Legacy was founded in 2012 to preserve the endangered rhino population.

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