According to reports, Pakistan has been awarded the hosting rights for the inaugural Seniors Over 40 Cricket World Cup, which will take place from September 23 to October 8 next year. The Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association has officially confirmed the news (PVCA).
According to A Sports, the worldwide event would feature 12 teams from 14 countries, including Pakistan, India, Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Canada, the United States, Zimbabwe, Wales, Namibia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Only Shoaib Malik, who made his international debut in 1999, is still an active cricketer who is still playing for the Men In Green. Mohammad Hafeez, the all-rounder, announced his retirement earlier this year.
Misbah Ul Haq, Shoaib Akhtar likely to play
While the inclusion of Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan will bolster Pakistan’s morale, it remains to be seen whether other members of their age group, including Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Akhtar, Misbah-ul-Haq, Imran Nazir, and Abdul Razzaq, will be selected in the squad. While the PVCA has indicated that players above the age of 40 will be chosen, the other prominent names in Pakistan cricket have yet to be announced.
Fawad Ijaz added that “Test cricketers Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Muhammad Hafeez, and others beyond 40 years of age will also be seen in action.”
“An innings of the Seniors World Cup will consist of 45 overs. The matches will be played at six different grounds in Karachi,” he shared.
“Day and night matches will also be played during the World Cup. The finals of the event will be telecasted live,” Fawad Ijaz concluded.
An innings will consist of 45 overs. This tournament will revive cricket in Pakistan properly. Pakistan hosted Australia successfully in multi-format series and they would hope to complete this tournament successfully.