Softball: Men's World Cup rescheduled to 2022, Cole Evans named Black Sox captain

Black Sox.
Black Sox. Photo credit: Photosport

The postponed Men's Softball World Cup, scheduled for New Zealand this year, has been rescheduled for February 2022. 

In April, the World Baseball & Softball Confederation (WBSC) and Softball New Zealand postponed the event, largely due to the strict international travel restrictions affecting qualifying tournaments. 

New dates have now been locked in, giving teams plenty of time to prepare for the tournament, which will be played at North Shore's Rosedale Park. 

"We've been working really hard with the local organising committee and the WBSC to get what we think is a really good outcome," says Softball NZ chief executive Tony Giles. 

Rosedale Park will host the event for the second time in nine years - in 2013, it became the third New Zealand venue to host, after Lower Hutt (1976) and Christchurch (2004).

In all three tournaments, New Zealand were crowned world champions, although they shared the 1976 title with Canada, after playoffs were rained out. 

On top of confirming the new dates, the Black Sox have named Cole Evans as team captain for the tournament. 

Evans, 22, has already played 59 times for the Black Sox, since making his 2015 debut. 

Cole Evans.
Cole Evans. Photo credit: Photosport

"It's not something I ever thought about, because all you want to do is play for your country," explained the short stop. "That's an honour in itself.

"To be named captain is huge and to captain the Black Sox at home, in front of family and friends, will be special. 

"We don't often get to play in front of them, especially at world championships, so that's special, and we will be looking to go a few places better than last time."

New Zealand finished fourth at the 2019 championships, won by Argentina.