Australian Over 50s Cricket

Australian Squad Named For World Cup

The Australian squad has (finally) been named, meaning that all 8 countries have named their squads and we are ready to go!

The Aussies were waiting for the completion of their inter-state selection tournament before naming their side. It is – as you would expect – a very strong lineup, with only 5 survivors from the group that toured New Zealand in February.

Good luck to the Aussies! Here is the official announcement from Mal Coleman …

“On behalf of our Australian National O50s Selectors & Australian O50s Committee, we announce the 16 man Squad and 4 Reserves for the 2018 World Cup in Sydney with the first match commencing on Wednesday 21 November.

The squad selected is :

Peter Solway ACT (captain)
Trent Ryan QLD (vice captain)
Bill Blair VIC
Greg Briggs NSW
Gavin Brown QLD
Anthony Clark NSW
Stephen Gollan WA
Rowan Harry NSW
Warwick Hayes NSW
Darren Hill VIC
Brad Mant WA
Todd O’Keefe NSW
Joe Santostefano WA
Tim Sargent SA
John Short NSW
Darren Smith NSW

Reserve Players:
Stuart Crisp NSW
Craig Gislingham VIC
Andrew Knight QLD
Paul Nemes ACT

Michael Van Zuyden from Victoria is appointed the Manager of the Squad.

Congratulations to all and our best wishes for what we expect to be 2 weeks of exciting competition.

Best regards
Mal Coleman
On behalf of
O50 Committee & Selectors”

Belinda Clark Opening The Over-50s World Cup

More exciting news – Australian cricket legend Belinda Clark is travelling up from Cricket Australia’s head office in Melbourne to represent CA at the opening of the Over-50s World Cup.

In addition to being CA’s Executive General Manager, Community Cricket, Belinda is a genuine legend of international cricket who played 134 internationals for Australia, scoring nearly 5000 runs at an average of 47. She won two World Cups and has captained the Australian women’s team more times than any other player.

She is an officer of the Order of Australia, a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and a member of the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.

We are delighted that Belinda will be joining us at the opening ceremony on November 20.


Ijaz Ahmed to lead Pakistan in over-50s Veterans World Cup

KARACHI: Pakistan Veterans cricket team will be participating in the inaugural Over-50s Veterans World Cup to be held in Sydney from Nov 21-Dec 5. This was disclosed by Fawad Ijaz Khan, Chairman Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association here on Thursday.

Eight countries are participating in the Veterans World Cup including Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa, Sir Lanka, Canada and Wales. Each team will play seven matches on single league basis and top four will move to semifinals with the final set for Dec 5.

The Pakistan Veterans Over 50s team was finalized in a PVCA board of directors meeting simultaneously held on Wednesday in Karachi and Lahore through a video conference. Former Test player Ejaz Ahmed, who played 38 Tests and 32 ODIs for the country, has been named as captain of the team while former ODI Player Ghulam Ali will be the vice captain.

The team also includes two former ODI players Sajid Ali and Shahid Anwar. Former Test player Kabir Khan has been named as coach and Chief Executive PVCA Ashiq Hussain Qureshi will be the manager.

Squad: Ijaz Ahmed (Captain), Ghulam Ali (Vice Captain), Shahid Anwar, Ghaffar Kazmi, Dastgir Butt, Babar Altaf Butt, Malik Amir Tauseef, Javed Hafeez, Imtiaz Tarar, Jaffar Qureshi, Asim Jah, Sagheer Abbas, Asif Hayat, Sajid Ali, Mazhar Hussain, Zafar Ali.

Officials: Ashiq Hussain Qureshi (Manager), Kabir Khan (Coach).

Pakistan team’s tour itinerary:

Wednesday, Nov 21 vs New Zealand (Old Kings Oval, Parramatta)

Thursday Nov 22 vs Wales (Alan Davidson Oval, Mascot)

Sunday Nov 25 vs South Africa (Joe Mc Aleer, Glendining)

Monday, Nov 26 vs Sri Lanka (Drummoyne Oval, Drummoyne)

Wednesday, Nov 28 vs Australia (Mark Taylor Oval, Waitara)

Thursday, Nov 29 vs Canada (Benson’s Lane No 2 Oval, Richmond)

Sunday, Dec 2 vs England (Waverley Oval, Waverley)

Monday, Dec 3 Semifinals

Wednesday, Dec 5 Final.

Published in Dawn, September 14th, 2018