Former Proteas all-rounder Dave Callaghan has been named as South Africa’s captain for the Over-50 Cricket World Cup.
The tournament takes place in Cape Town in March this year, and the host nation has picked a 16-man squad which consists of a mixture of former internationals and a few lesser-known names.
Rolling back the years
The team will be led by the former Eastern Province skipper, who played 29 One Day International for South Africa between 1992 and 2000.
“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,” Callaghan said.
“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.”Dave Callaghan
Callaghan played his most-famous innings in the green and gold in the 1994/95 summer, when he carved a hapless New Zealand attack to all corners in Centurion for an unbeaten 169, which remained his only international hundred.
The 54-year-old, who still plays club cricket in Port Elizabeth also took a handful of wickets with his dibbly-dobblers, which he has now ditched for off-spinners.
“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,” he says.
“We were all very competitive sportsmen in our prime and that doesn’t change, but the spirit and camaraderie will be even better. Being over 50 doesn’t make you ‘old’.” Dave Callaghan
Over-50 Cricket World Cup: Who is in the SA squad?
Also in the squad is former Proteas batsman Jonty Rhodes, who is perhaps the player with the highest profile in the 16, following a career that yielded over 200 international matches.
Other internationals are former fast bowler Henry Williams, ex-Border captain Pieter Strydom, Western Province legend Allan Dawson, as well as ex-opening batsman Louis Koen.
Williams and Koen represented South Africa during the late 1990s, making seven and five appearances in ODIs each, while Strydom made his international debut in January 2000 and went on to play ten matches in the short format, also managing two Tests.
Dawson, on the other hand, made 21 appearances for the Proteas across formats.
South Africa will be one of the 12 teams competing for the big prize, currently held by Australia.
SA Over-50 World Cup Squad
Jonty Rhodes, Dave Callaghan, Louis Koen, Alan Dawson, Pieter Strydom, Kenny Jackson, Dave Holgate, Anwell Newman, Neil Fusedale, Rodney Malamba, Mlungisi ‘Lefty’ Ngece, Dave Duncan, Warne Rippon, Brad Player, Nazeem White, Henry Williams.
Coach: Allan Donald