Over-50s World Cup pushed back until 2022

The next Over-50s Cricket World Cup has been pushed back until 2022 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc with sporting schedules.

The 2020 tournament in Cape Town was into its third round when it was called off in mid-March, and plans to replay it in 2021 have now also been scuppered. However, there is some good news for the Mother City.

“The rapid pace and dramatic effect of COVID-19 on the world’s health and economies has forced us to reconsider this, as we now have enough facts and likely scenarios to guide us in our decision making,” World Cup Steering Committee Chairman Stirling Hamman said.

“We also advise it is the Committee's intention to hold the event in Cape Town in March 2022, and an announcement will be made as soon as possible.”

Roger Moult, interim chairman of the Veterans Cricket Association of South Africa (VCASA) and 2020 World Cup tournament director, says if all goes according to plan, the local Over-40s leagues which acts as a ‘feeder’ to Over-50s World Cup selection, will resume towards the end of the year.

“The Cape and Gauteng Veterans Leagues will resume later this year, with Border, Northerns, Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal and Boland veterans leagues possibly kick-starting their leagues at the same time.”