Coronavirus cancels Over 50s World Cup in South Africa.


KARACHI -- The Over50s Cricket World Cup Tournament 2020, being staged in and around Cape Town, South Africa, has been cancelled with immediate effect because of the Covid-19 virus. The organizing committee and World Cup Ambassador Former Test Player Barry Richards took the decision during the course of the third round of matches, which were then abandoned after the first innings, on Sunday. Centuries by opener Sajid Ali (124 off 140 balls) and Muhammad Javed (133 off 84 balls) had put Pakistan in a commanding position as they rattled up a huge score of 321 for two in the allotted 45 overs against Wales. But the match was called off before Pakistan could take the field to defend a huge score. The first innings in other five matches had also been completed at which point it was decided to stop them following the decision taken by the organizing committee. Canada was taking on West Indies, England was taking on Namibia, Sri Lanka was confronting Australia, Zimbabwe was playing New Zealand and South Africa was tackling India.

"The decision was taken for the protection of the players, given their age demographic but also for the local population given that 95% of known cases in South African have come from travelers. It is a public health risk decision," the head of the tournament's...

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