England 60+ Internationals 2022
SOME DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES and an update on the England Seniors 60+ plans for 2023 .
Thanks to all of the counties who have replied to the call for nominations for the England 60+ team , there is a long list for the selectors to consider and information will follow on the trial matches in June .
There is further good news in that on top of the matches arranged for this summer the following plans are now in place for 2023 and beyond .
The Australian’s have accepted the invitation to tour the U.K. in July/ August 2023 to play for “ The Grey Ashes “
We will work with Murray Harrison and the board of the VCA to put together an itinerary that fits their requirements with at least 15 games and an ODI Test Series against England and one ODI Tests against Wales and probably Scotland .
The tour will include warm up games against our County Teams across the Country .
There will be an England touring party to the West Indies in January / February 2023 to play in a Triangular or Quadrangular Tournament. The games will be played in Barbados and the most likely dates are 28th January to 11th February.
We have started discussions to tour Australia in 2024 and to jointly host the World Cup in England and Wales in 2024
We will actively look for sponsors for the 60+ National Team to help with costs towards kit and tour costs .
Happy to discuss with any players or county representatives.
England Seniors 60+ 2022 Season – Further update:
1. On advice from the International committee, the Management Committee has agreed to the appointment of Paul Bradley (Lincolnshire) as Manager of the England 60+ team.
In taking on the role, Paul comments as follows:
It’s an honour and a privilege to take over the role as Manager for the England Seniors 60+ and to work with you all to continue the development and growth of the England team .
A little bit about me for those who don’t know me. I am captain of Lincolnshire 1st XI and have been on many cricket tours and played in over 20 countries .
I was Malta’s ICC representative for 2 years and attended 2 full ICC annual meetings London/ Dublin and 2 European annual meetings Paris / Munich .I was the Team Manager for Malta for 2 years and organised international tournaments home and away.
2. Although the planned nets session in April has been cancelled we plan to hold 2 trial matches in the June/July period. Dates and venues to be advised. These matches will be valuable input in selecting full England teams for:
3. Two international matches against Wales on Friday 5th August at Dumbleton CC and Friday 12th August, venue to be confirmed .
4. The Selection committee for those matches will be:
John Punchard (captain); Chris Evans (Vice-capt); Richard Merriman and Paul Bradley.
5. Although there is already a long list of potential candidates from previous requests, to ensure no one is overlooked for selection we would ask County Representatives to consult with their First Team captain and put forward recommendations for the 2022 England Seniors 60+ squad by email to John Punchard and Paul Bradley by 31st March.
60+ Cricket World Cup – September 2022.
It has now been confirmed by Veterans Cricket Australia that the World Cup postponed from November 2020 will now take place from September 2nd to 15th this year (subject to no further Covid related travel and quarantining restrictions).
When this prospect first appeared in the late Autumn the previous Committee made it clear that this date would create problems for us and urged VCA to reconsider. We explained that as the chosen window clashes with our end of season Championship KO phase the integrity of our Competition would be undermined (other countries would also no doubt agree that playing a season long competition and then having a less than complete finale is unsatisfactory). Furthermore because of this a number of senior players would be unavailable meaning we could not send a representative team.
In an attempt to ensure that the World Cup could go ahead with full representation we have – both via the old Committee and in January through the new Committee – attempted to again get VCA to explore alternative dates – all to no avail and so reluctantly we have advised the organisers that England will not take part.
This is a disappointing outcome all round for us as a Committee; for the World Cup and for the players who we know would relish the chance to play in a World Cup but feel there is no alternative.
Please note that Wales have been invited separately by VCA to be a World Cup participant and so we should stress that this decision relates only to England’s participation.
To ensure the England 60s team remains as the pinnacle for senior cricketers to aspire to we are planning to arrange England 60+ matches later in the summer – although please note that the planned nets session in April has been cancelled. More information on the proposed programme will follow.
I’d like to thank Clive Ricks for his work over the past years in managing the England 60+ team and as he steps down from the internationals committee, Richard Merriman has been asked to join its membership as we start to organise this year’s programme. In addition the Management Committee will also be assessing the future roles/skills and membership required of an International Committee and come forward with a recommendation by the next AGM.
Chris Swadkin (Chaiman)