First Over-40 World Cup to be held in Pakistan
The 0ver-40 and 0ver-50s International Steering Committee has announced that the inaugural Over-40s Cricket World Cup will be held from 23 September – 8 October 2023 in Karachi, Pakistan.
Following on from the highly-successful Over-50s tournament which was first held in Australia in 2018, and the subsequent COVID-19 impacted tournament in Cape Town, chairman of the Veterans movement Stirling Hamman said it was a logical move to introduce a tournament for those players who have recently stopped playing the game.
Chairman of the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association, Fawad Ijaz Khan, said: “It is a great honour for Pakistan to get the hosting rights for the inaugural tournament.”
Teams from Pakistan, Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Canada, USA, Zimbabwe, Wales, Namibia, and UAE are likely to take part.
The matches will be 45 overs each innings, and some of the matches may also be day/night matches. The matches played by Pakistan, along with the semifinals and the final, will be live telecast.
Fawad Ijaz believes the 0ver-40s World Cup will be a success and create a cricket buzz because ICC ODI World Cup kicks off a week later in India.
The next Over-50s Cricket World Cup will be held in Cape Town in March 2023.