Who are the former Test, ODI and T20I cricketers at the Over-50 World Cup in SA?

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Several former Test and ODI cricketers have been named in squad for March 2023’s Over-50 World Cup in South Africa.

Louis Koen – SA Over-50

Louis Koen

Louis Koen. ©Matchpixsa

The former Proteas ODI batsman will captain South Africa Over-50. Koen played five ODIs from 1997 to 2000. He opened the batting with Herschelle Gibbs in four of those five. The fifth was with Adam Bacher.

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Clive Eksteen – SA Over-50

Eksteen played seven Tests and six ODIs for the Proteas from 1991 to 2000. He went on Test tours of Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand – and later worked as Cricket South Africa’s head of sales and sponsor relations.

Alan Dawson – SA Over-50

Dawson played two Tests and 19 ODIs for South Africa from 1998 to 2004. He won a gold medal with the Proteas at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 – and was a late addition to the squad for the 1999 World Cup.

Saleem Mukuddem – SA Over-50

Saleem Mukuddem

Saleem Mukuddem.

Mukuddem is in the South Africa Over-50 squad. He played 20 ODIs for Bermuda from 2006 to 2007. He was their leading wicket-taker at the 2007 World Cup. Mukuddem is currently Rylands Cricket Club chairman in Cape Town.

Mark Burmester – Zim Over-50

Burmester is one of five former international cricketers in the Zimbabwe Over-50 squad. He collected three Tests and eight ODIs from 1992 to 1995. Burmester played in Zimbabwe’s inaugural Test in 1992.

Stuart Carlisle – Zim Over-50

Carlisle’s international career spanned a decade, across 37 Tests and 111 ODIs, from 1995 to 2005. “I am fed up by what is happening and I just walked away. I’m tired of the politics,” said Carlisle upon retirment. He captained Zimbabwe and scored five centuries in international cricket.

Craig Evans – Zim Over-50

Evans played three Tests and 53 ODIs for Zimbabwe from 1992 to 2003. In March 2000, he shared a 330-run partnership with Dirk Viljoen for Mashonaland. It was the highest partnership in the history of first-class cricket in Zimbabwe at the time.

Murray Goodwin – Zim Over-50

Murray Goodwin

Murray Goodwin. ©Matchpixsa

Goodwin played 19 Tests and 71 ODIs for Zimbabwe from 1998 to 2000. His first-class career spanned several years more, via stints with Western Australia – and Glamorgan and Sussex in English county cricket.

John Rennie – Zim Over-50

Rennie played four Tests and 44 ODIs from 1993 to 2000. He later served on Zimbabwe Cricket’s selection panel. His younger brother, Gavin Rennie, also played international cricket for Zimbabwe from 1996 to 2003.

Sanjeev Sharma – India Over-50

Sharma collected two Tests and 23 ODIs for India from 1988 to 1990. He opened the bowling with Kapil Dev in both formats. Sharma took an ODI five-for against a West Indian batting order that included Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and Richie Richardson.

Melt van Schoor – Namibia Over-50

Melt van Schoor

Melt van Schoor.

Van Schoor will captain Namibia Over-50. His international career comprised five ODIs – all were played at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. He was with Namibia for the 2020 Over-50 World Cup, which was curtailed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Richard Petrie – NZ Over-50

Petrie took 12 wickets in as many ODIs for New Zealand from 1990 to 1991. He is one of several returning New Zealand Over-50 players who participated in the 2020 Over-50 World Cup in South Africa.

Richard Petrie

Richard Petrie.

Zahoor Elahi – Pakistan Over-50

Elahi will captain Pakistan Over-50. He played two Tests and 14 ODIs for Pakistan from 1996 to 1997. He opened the batting with Shahid Afridi, Saeed Anwar and others. Elahi’s highest ODI score was a match-winning 86 against New Zealand in Sialkot.

Khurram Khan – UAE Over-50

Khurram Khan

Khurram Khan.

Khan played 16 ODIs and three T20Is for the United Arab Emirates from 2004 to 2015. In November 2014, Khan became the oldest player to score a century in ODI cricket. He was 43 years old at the time.

Ishwar Maraj –  West Indies Over-50

Maraj has been named in the West Indies Over-50 squad, but played ODI cricket for Canada. His six ODIs were all collected at the 2003 World Cup. He struck 53 not out off 155 balls against a Proteas bowling attack featuring Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini and Allan Donald in East London.

Sanjeewa Weerasinghe

Weerasinghe has been named in the United States of America squad for the 2023 Over-5o World Cup. He played on Test for Sri Lanka in 1985, against India in Colombo.

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