Rhodes helps Is­rael to 60 not out

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

CRICKET JONTY Rhodes will be the star at­trac­tion in a unique Is­rael team that will in­clude a col­lec­tion of Jewish crick­eters from South Africa, Aus­tralia, Ire­land and In­dia that will take on an In­dia A squad to mark the coun­try’s 60th an­niver­sary.

The for­mer South Africa great, 38, who re­tired from the game five years ago, has con­firmed his par­tic­i­pa­tion for the three one-day­ers to be held in Tel Aviv and Ash­dod from July 12-17.

Or­gan­ised by Is­rael Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Stan­ley Perl­man, Rhodes will be joined by for­mer Nether­lands, Som­er­set and Glam­or­gan star Roland Lefebvre, Adam Bacher, who cap­tained South Africa at the 2005 Mac­cabiah Games, Michael Klinger, Steven Herzberg (Aus­tralia), Ja­son and Greg Molins (Ire­land) and Ben­siyon Son­gavkar, an In­dian Jew who has rep­re­sented Saurash­tra in the Ranji Tro­phy.

“Is­rael cel­e­brated its 60th birth­day re­cently and it is a very spe­cial oc­ca­sion for us,” said Perl­man, who is also an ICC board mem­ber. “Be­lieve it or not, no other sport here has or­gan­ised any such cel- ebra­tion and I am so happy cricket is the game that has gone ahead. It is also a great op­por­tu­nity to bring in a group of good crick­eters and show Is­rael what the game is all about.

“It was very dif­fi­cult to find enough first-class crick­eters from around the world who are Jewish. We even man­aged to get a Jewish player from In­dia.

The In­dian A squad will con­tain a col­lec­tion of fringe In­dia play­ers and some Un­der 19 crick­eters.

Perl­man said: “My first thought was who would I want to cel­e­brate this with? The an­swer was clear: my friends from In­dia, who share very rich his­tor­i­cal ties with us.”

Adam Bacher

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