Hussain and Young set for Over-60s World Cup


Essex’s Mel Hussain and Marcus Young are part of an 18-strong travelling England squad for the Over-60s World Cup in India, which gets underway next week.

The full tournament will be hosted in Chennai, on the nation’s south-eastern coast, with the 14 competing sides split into two groups, from each of which the top two will reach the semi-finals.

England have been placed into Group A, alongside Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, Zimbabwe, and a representative Rest of the World side.

Meanwhile, Group B will feature Australia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Wales, and West Indies.

The Three Lions gear up with a friendly against Madras Cricket Club on Wednesday, before playing a warmup ODI against India on Friday in what will be the sides’ first official meeting at Over-60s level.

England’s campaign then begins in earnest on Monday 19 February against New Zealand, and the group stage concludes nine days and six games later with a clash against the United States.

The knockout stage starts the following day, on Thursday 29 February, and the final is currently set to take place on Saturday 02 March.

Alongside Hussain – the brother of former Essex and England captain Nasser – and Young, Neil Braithwaite rounds out the Essex representation as one of three reserves.

This will be the second edition of the Over-60s World Cup, but it will mark the debut of 2023 Caribbean Cup and Grey Ashes champions England.

Anyone wanting to follow the action from India will be able to watch the games being live-streamed on YouTube.