Name change for Over-40 World Cup in Pakistan as ICC intervene

Karman Akmal and Shahid AfridiKamran Akmal (left) and Shahid Afridi (right).

The Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association have changed the name of this year’s Over-40 World Cup in Karachi.

The tournament will be played from mid-September to early October 2023.

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“We have decided to change the name of our tournament from Over-40 Cricket World Cup to Over-40 Cricket Global Cup,” read a statement from the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association.

“The International Cricket Council raised an objection to the use of the word ‘world’ with the Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association. The ICC feel that the word ‘world’ clashes with their ICC Cricket World Cup.

“Therefore, after a long discussion on the subject with the ICC and PCB, the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association has decided to change the name from inaugural Over-40 Cricket World Cup to inaugural Over-40 Cricket Global Cup.”

Earlier this year, the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association confirmed several former Test, ODI and T20I cricketers will participate in the tournament.

These include all-rounders Abdul Razzaq and Shahid Afridi, batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan and wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal.

Former Test cricketers Narsingh Deonarine and Mahendra Nagamootoo have been included in the West Indies Over-40 squad. Former ODI and T20I seamer Rayad Emrit will captain West Indies Over-40.

2024 Over-40 World Cup in South Africa

Whether next year’s Over-40 World Cup, which is being organised by International Masters Cricket and the Veterans Cricket of South Africa, will undergo a similar name change remains in the balance. The 2024 Over-40 World Cup is scheduled to be played in South Africa in March.

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