Th over 50’s Veteran Cricket Australia Committee is proud to announce that the Tri-Series between Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand will be held in Brisbane July 3-9.
This series had twice been in the planning stage during 2020, however, Covid outbreak and associated travel Restrictions saw cancellations and delays.
Over 50’s Board Chairman Andrew Knight advised, “it is fantastic to finally be able to release a date for this event to take place. All three countries have been looking forward to this eventuating. It will be a new concept for us, having three teams participating over the week. Playing each other twice and then a final taking place on the Final day. It has been disappointing for players, officials and umpires to have this event delayed, however, we call all look to see some international 50’s cricket back on the agenda.”
New Zealand Captain Adrian Dale added, “After a frustrating International hiatus, the New Zealand squad are extremely excited to have been invited to participate in the tri-series tournament. I have no doubt it will be both competitive in its own right and an interesting barometer moving ahead to next year’s World Cup.”
Similarly, sentiments were echoed by Australia captain Peter Solway – “I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say a long layoff. Our boys will be keen to get together again and play some good cricket. against the Sri Lankan and Kiwi teams.”
Both Australia and New Zealand have selected their squads with “New Caps” included. Knight added,
“That is the nature of Veterans cricket – each year there are always new players that enter the age group, and it continually adds to the excitement and standard as the programs in the countries continue to grow. It will be an excellent opportunity for these players to challenge themselves at this level and be the benchmark that selectors look at moving forward when the Nationals roll into Adelaide in November – finally! With a World Cup scheduled in 2023, good performances would be considered.”
Each country will announce its squads over the next few days.