A star-studded Pakistan Veterans team, featuring six players who formerly represented their country, and a Western Province veteran’ team, will clash at the iconic PPC Newlands on Thursday (24th November) from 11h00 in a 30-over match.
Arguably the best known amongst the tourists is Saleem Elahi, who scored a century on debut in a One Day International at the tender age of 18, the youngest ever in the world to achieve that feat in his maiden ODI.
Mahmood Khan, manager of the team who is a South African resident, said the team contains several players who boasted first-class experience, while six of them formerly played for Pakistan.
Salman Khan, a prominent veteran- and club cricket organizer of Pakistan, told Associated Press Pakistan prior to the tour: “This tour is of greater significance as it will help in promoting veteran cricket ties between the two countries.”
He said the tour would also underline that Pakistan is a sports loving contry with a rich history of having organized elite sports events not only in cricket, but also in other sports.
The tourists will arrive at PPC Newlands at 09:30 on Thursday 24th November. The coin toss will be at 10:30 and the match will start at 11:00. The second innings will commence at 14:15.
There are several high-profile names in the local team. The Caribbean-born Allison Johnson represented Western Province in his heyday and was a hard-hitting bowling all-rounder.
The teams are:
WP Veterans: Ezra Cagwe, Allison Johnson, Nazeem White, Ismail Behardien, Deon Kemp, Graham October, Fahdil Crombie, Les Ryan, Yusuf Noor, Andre Theunissen, Mike Reynders, Gert Badenhorst, Vernon van der Berg.
Pakistan Veterans: Ashiq Hussain Quresh (capt), Muhammad Salman Khan, Hamad Maqbool, Kamal Ghani, Muhammad Saleem Elahi, Bilal Moinul Haq Khilji, Mohammad Asif Siddiqui, Muhammed Hafeez, Qaiser Shahzad Khichi, Zubair Abdullah Butt, Irfan Ahmed Khan, Amer Ilyas Butt, Syed Mohammad, Asim Jah.