Pak Veterans cricket team to visit South Africa

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LAHORE, Nov 13 (APP)- Pakistan Veterans Cricket team will visit  South Africa from November 15 to play a four match series against  the veterans teams in different cities.

“It will be an interesting series and a test of potential and  abilities of our team”, said prominent veteran and club cricket  organizer and member of the team, Salman Khan while talking to APP  here on Sunday.

He said Pak veterans team will be playing matches in Cape Town
and Port Elizabeth during the ten day tour.

“This tour is of greater significance as it will help in promoting veteran cricket ties between the two countries and we will also be  aiming to portray a soft image of Pakistan being a sports loving  country with a rich history of having organized elite sports events  not only in cricket but also in other sports”, said Salman.

He said there is dire need of bringing back international cricket  to Pakistan and from the platform of the veteran cricket they will be making efforts in this regard.

The veterans team comprises, Ashiq Hussain, Salman Khan, Amer Ilyas Butt, Hamad Maqbool, Saleem Elahi, Bilal Khilji, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamil Khan, Kamal Ghani, Asim Jah, Zubair Butt, Muhammad Shakeel, Zia uddin  and Qaiser Khichi.

Shakeel and Saleem are the two ex test cricketers in team, he said.
He said the touring side will open its tour with a 30-overs match at Newlands, Cape Town, second match at Western Province Cricket Stadium,  Cape Town, third match at George Cricket Stadium and the fourth and last game at Port Elizabeth stadium.

He said Veterans team is in good shape as its members are engaged in veteran cricket at Lahore and Karachi. “The team is a mixture of players mainly from Lahore and Karachi and they have warmed up for the tour by taking part in number of veteran cricket matches and events held at
their respective centres”, said Salman .

He said Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association was doing a lot to develop veteran cricket and it was arranging foreign tours for its team
on regular basis to create healthy activities for the former cricketers.

Salman said being involved in veteran cricket it does not mean that they will be utilizing their energies and resources only on the promotion of grass root cricket.

“From the platform of the veteran cricket I will be organizing youth cricket tournaments by involving local clubs of Lahore to identify new cricket talent and to play a due role in a national cause”, he added.

He said they will also be inviting the respective South African veterans teams to visit Pakistan in due course of time to develop veteran cricket ties on reciprocate basis.

Pak veterans team will return home on November 27.