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The second edition of the Over 50s World Cup is all set to get underway from 6th March 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. Pakistan Over 50s team under the leadership of former test player Zahoor Elahi will be participating in the Global Event.
History of Over 50s World Cups:
The Inaugural Over 50s World Cup was hosted back in 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Pakistan performed splendidly throughout the competition. However, fell tantalizingly short at the final hurdle as Australia defeated Pakistan in the Final by an agonizingly close margin of 3 runs.
The second edition of the tournament was originally held in 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. But the organizers were forced to call off the tournament midway due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Complete Details of Over 50s World Cup 2023:
The Over 50s World Cup which is being organized by International Masters Cricket Council will see 14 International sides competing for the ultimate prize. Teams are split into two pools and a total of 56 Matches will be played across different Venues of Cape Town with the Final scheduled to be played on 20th March at the Newlands Cricket Ground. Matches will be One Day format (45 Overs per inning).
|Pool A||Pool B|
|West Indies||South Africa|
Pakistan will kick off their campaign against Wales on 6th March 2023. The very next day on 7th March, Pakistan will be facing a strong South African side having multiple Ex-Internationals in their arsenal. On 9th March, Men in Green will be taking on UAE. Pakistan vs England will be played on 12th March followed by the all-important clash against India on 13th March. Pakistan will play its last group match against Namibia on 15th March. The Semi-Finals of the Mega Event will be played on 17th March 2023.
The 19-Men Pakistan’s squad which will be representing the Country in the Over 50s World Cup comprises of the following names:
Zahoor Elahi (Captain), Muhammad Jaffar Qureshi (v.c), Mohammad Azher Khan (w.k), Ahmad Hayat Khan, Muhammad Hafeez, Jamshaid Ali, Naeem Tayyab, Syed Mazhar Hussain, Khalid Hussain, Muhammad Jawed, Nafees Ali Khan Jam, Rehan Rauf, Fawad Ateeq Barry, Asif Hamayun, Imtiaz Ahmad, Muhammad Rauf Wain, Amir Sabzwari, Asjad Ali (Manager), Zakir Baig (Assistant Manager).
Pakistan Over 50s team has the highest winning percentage across the cricketing globe in its respective age bracket. Moreover, the team will be trying to replicate the highest pedigree of calibre depicted by Pakistan Over 60s team which became the Global Champions in the Inaugural Over 60s World Cup held in September 2022.