Israel Cricket Team Gets New Captain Ahead of Maccabiah

Raymond Aston to assume captaincy, with Eshkol Solomon promoted to vice captain for Games in July.

Raymond Aston, a veteran of Israel's national cricket team, is taking over as captain from Herschel Gutman as the squad readies for the 19th Maccabiah in July.

Aston made his debut for Israel in the ICC Trophy in Kenya, in 1994.

The move will allow Gutman to concentrate on the dual responsibilities of player and coach.

Israel announced other moves ahead of the games, which will take place July 18-30. Attacking top order batsman Eshkol Solomon was promoted to vice captain. Numerous changes have been made from the team that participated in the European Championships in Corfu last year, giving the squad a more youthful look.

Graduates of the youth development program - opening batsman Safania Nagavkar, together with all-rounders Itamar Kehimkar and Nir Dokarkar - return to the senior team and will be keen to cement their places with strong performances.

Seasoned batsmen Danny Malyankar and Shalom Rubin were rewarded for their consistent domestic form with national call-ups. The squad also includes two debutants in Matt Hoffmann and Matan Razpurker.

The rest of the squad includes Shailesh Bangerra (Super Lions Lod), Josh Evans (Ra'anana), Yaniv Razpurker (Neve Yonatan), Shalom Rubin (Super Lions Lod), Gabi Schachat (Ra'anana) and Shifron Waskar (Lions Be'er Sheva). Steve Leigh will serve as manager.

Israel Cricket Association