The Veterans Cricket Association of South Africa have appointed a selection panel ahead of May 2023’s over-40 inter-provincial tournament in Johannesburg.
The three-man selection panel comprises South Africa Over-60 cricketer Aqeel Cupido, South Africa Over-50 cricketer Craig Lyons and Border Over-50 cricketer Raymond Booi. Lyons has been named convenor of selectors.
After the over-40 inter-provincial tournament, the panel will select the South Africa Over-40 squad for November 2023’s Africa Cup in Tshwane. The inaugural Over-40 World Cup is scheduled for March 2024 in Cape Town.
“Raymond Booi has been involved in the selection of players at various levels. Booi was included in the Border Over-50 team which played in the VCASA over-50 inter-provincial tournament in 2022,” read a statement from the Veterans Cricket Association of South Africa.
“Aqeel Cupido has played premier league cricket in the Boland and Western Province. Last year, he played for South Africa Over-60 at the inaugural Over-60 World Cup in Australia. His involvement in selection was at Wynberg Cricket Club, where he served as a committee member and selector.
“Craig Lyons has played premier league cricket for Old Edwardians Cricket Club in Johannesburg, and first-class cricket for Oxford University in England. More recently, Lyons was selected for the South Africa Over-50 for the recent Over-50 World Cup in Cape Town.
“All three candidates bring a wealth of cricketing and selection knowledge to the new panel. We would like to thank the over-50 selection panel, which included Kabelo Khaas, Elvis Govender, Eugene Adams, Ismail Teladia and convenor Vernon Cresswell.”
Over-40 inter-provincial tournament background
The inter-provincial tournament will feature former Proteas cricketers. Batsman Alviro Petersen and seamer Garnett Kruger have been selected for the Lions Over-40 squad. Batsman Ashwell Prince will captain Western Province Over-40.
Several former first-class cricketers will participate in the tournament as well, including Lions Over-40 quintet Matthew Harris, Warren Dugmore, Johan Fourie, Gareth Flusk and Solmzi Ndima.
Titans Over-40 have former Cape Cobras batsman Derek Brand. East Rand Over-40 have former Dolphins batsman Kyle Smit.
Wanderers Cricket Club and Old Edwardians Cricket Club will host the inter-provincial tournament, which will feature eight teams:
- Western Province Over-40;
- Boland Over-40;
- Border Over-40;
- Eastern Province Over-40;
- Dolphins Over-40;
- Titans Over-40;
- East Rand Over-40; and
- Lions Over-40.
The tournament is scheduled to start on 8 May and end on 12 May. Matches will be contested over 45 overs per innings.
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- Former Dolphins batsman Kyle Smit named in East Rand Over-40 squad