Pak veteran cricket team leave for Sri Lanka

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Lahore—14-member Pakistan veteran cricket team is leaving here on Friday, for Sri Lanka to take part in the inaugural 50 plus one day international cricket tournament being played in Colombo from February 20-29.
Ashiq Hussain Qureshi, Chief Executive officer, Pakistan Veteran cricket association leads the side whose other members are Ghaffar Kazmi (vice captain, Amer Ilyas Butt, Sajid Ali, Akram Raza, Najeeb Sadiq, Javed Hayat, Ashrf Pkhali, Prof Muhammad Javed, Anjum Guzar (wicketkeeper), Raja Arshad, Dastagir Bitt, Zubair Butt and Kamil Khan. Zia Kaleem Khawaja will be the manager of the team.
The six team single league tournament have the participation of England South, England North, Sri Lanka Cavaliers, Sri Lanka Blues and Sri Lanka Quadrangular and Pakistan . The Pakistan Veterans will take on England South led by former England Captain Nasser Hussain ‘s brother Mel Hussain in its opening match on February 20.
“It is going to be a an interesting event as players above fifty years of age are taking part in it and tough competition is likely to be witnessed in the matches “, said Ashiq Qureshi while talking to media persons on Thursday on the eve of the departure of the team.
He said Pakistani team is in good shape and it is fully prepared for the event and got useful match practice with the participation of players I various veteran cricket events and matches.
Ashiq said PVCA was making solid efforts for the cause of veteran cricket by engaging veteran cricketers in competitive cricket. “It is a healthy activity and keeps the players fit after their retirement from active cricket “,he added.
He was of the view that veteran cricket was at a rise in Pakistan as veteran cricket tournaments and allied activities are being played round the year in different parts of the country. —APP