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Thursday, April 7, 2016

32-year-old cricketer from Gujarat is Oman's captain

Ajay Lalcheta, the 32-year-old native of Porbandar, has been named the captain of Oman's national cricket team.

Lalcheta, a slow left-arm orthodox bowler, had earned praise when underdogs Oman stunned Ireland in ICC World T20 qualifiers in Dharamsala last month.

India's ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had termed `golden' Lalcheta's miserly first over to Ireland captain William Porterfield.

After playing in under-14 to under-19 teams of Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA), Lalcheta immigrated to Oman in 2006 in search of better opportunities and job.

He joined Al-Turki enterprise and grabbed the attention of national team selectors by leading the company's team successfully. “The announcement came as a bit of a surprise for me. My aim will be to reach the qualifying round of ICC's ODI World Cup scheduled for 2019. We have two years to prepare and we will now focus on intensive training to make a mark in the 50-over format,“ Lalcheta told TOI over phone from Oman.

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