Ajay Lalcheta named Oman Skipper for World Cricket League
Published - Apr 6, 2016 1:58 pm | Updated - Apr 6, 2016 1:58 pm
Ajay Lalcheta has a peculiar and a strange connection with the subcontinent. It is obvious given the fact that the 32-year old was born in Porbander. However, despite making his bed with the Oman cricket team, there is little or no evidence to deny his amazing cricketing skills. The world took notice of Lalcheta when he bowled his first ever delivery in the qualifiers of the World Cup. Although he claimed it as his action, there was a lot of ‘Lasith Malinga’ in his action.
However, after decent outings in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh and the World T20, Ajay Lalcheta was named as the skipper of the Oman side that would contest the World Cricket League to be played in Jersey. A statement released by the Oman board read: “Oman Cricket successfully concluded its tour to India and Bangladesh for World Cup T20 and Asia Cup and would like to thank the whole of Oman for their passionate support. Scaling these new heights at International level would not have been possible without your inspiration.”
The Oman board also announced their willingness to participate in the World Cricket League. The tournament is scheduled to take place in Jersey from the 21st to the 28th of May. The 6 teams contesting are listed as follows based on seeding starting from one to six and they are Oman, Jersey, Tanzania, Nigeria, Guernsey, and Vanuatu. The six teams will play a total of 18 matches, including the Final. The two finalists of the ICC WCL Division 5 will earn a promotion to Division 4, which is scheduled to be played later in the year.
The preparation of the tournament has now seen Oman take a step forward as far as the future of the sport in the country is concerned. Evidence of the aforementioned statement lies in the fact that Ajay Lalcehta has been named as the skipper of the side, being a senior member. He will be deputized by Jatinder Singh, the young Muscat CT batsman, who will serve as vice-captain.
As far as former captain Sultan Ahmed is concerned, the Oman board released a statement that read: “Oman Cricket is extremely grateful to Sultan Ahmed who captained the team over the last few years and oversaw the team to new heights, especially in the 20 over format. We are forever indebted to him for his commitment and services to Oman Cricket.