As the ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 2023 inches closer, cricket enthusiasts around the world eagerly anticipate the showdown in the 13th edition of this prestigious tournament. While defending champions England are set to take on New Zealand in the opening game on October 5, all ten participating teams are in the midst of wrapping up their preparations, with warm-up matches already underway. Team India, on the other hand, is gearing up to commence their campaign against Australia on October 8.

One of the captivating aspects of this World Cup edition is the presence of several players who bring with them a wealth of experience accumulated over long international careers. For many of these seasoned cricketers, this tournament may well mark their last appearance on this grand stage. Despite their advanced age, these players continue to be invaluable assets to their respective teams.

Guiding the young players

These veteran players not only showcase their skills on the field but also serve as mentors and leaders within their squads. They play a crucial role in guiding the young talents in the right direction, offering mentorship, and instilling a winning mentality. Their experience and wisdom become particularly evident during crunch situations when their teams look up to them for guidance and inspiration.

As the tournament unfolds, the spotlight will undoubtedly fall on these seasoned campaigners. Fans will keenly watch their performances, hoping for one last magical moment or a career-defining innings. These players have etched their names in cricketing history, and their contributions to their teams remain immeasurable.

While the quadrennial event promises to be a showcase of young talent and exciting cricket, it also pays tribute to these cricketing stalwarts who have graced the sport with their presence and leadership for many years. As they step onto the field, they carry with them the hopes and dreams of their teams and fans, aiming to leave an indelible mark on this prestigious tournament.

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Here is the list of the oldest players from each team in the 10-nation tournament:

Wesley Barresi (Netherlands)

Wesley Barresi (Image Source: Twitter)
  • DOB: May 3, 1984
  • Age: 39 years, 149 days
  • ODI debut: July 1, 2010 vs Scotland

At the age of 39 years and 149 days, Wesley Barresi stands as the oldest player set to participate in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. This seasoned Dutch batter has a cricketing journey that spans over a decade, and his experience and skills will be crucial for the Netherlands in the upcoming tournament.

Barresi made his international debut in 2010, and since then, he has donned the Dutch jersey in 45 ODIs. His longevity in the game is a testament to his dedication and passion for cricket.

This won’t be Barresi’s first appearance on the grand stage of the World Cup. He was also a part of the Netherlands’ squad in the 2011 World Cup. Returning to the World Cup arena after more than a decade, Barresi brings with him a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the challenges and pressures that come with representing his country in a global tournament.

Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)

Mohammad Nabi
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  • DOB: January 1, 1985
  • Age: 38 years, 271 days
  • ODI debut: April 19, 2009 vs Scotland

Mahmudullah (Afghanistan)

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  • DOB: February 4, 1986,
  • Age: 37 years, 237 days
  • ODI debut: July 25, 2007 vs Sri Lanka

 Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

Ravichandran Ashwin
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  • DOB: September 17, 1986
  • Age: 37 years, 12 days
  • ODI debut: January 5, 2010 vs Zimbabwe

David Warner (Australia)

David Warner
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  • DOB: October 27, 1986
  • Age: 36 years 337 days
  • ODI debut: January 18, 2009 vs South Africa

Moeen Ali (England)

Moeen Ali
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  • DOB: June 18, 1987
  • Age: 36 years, 103 days
  • ODI debut: February 28, 2014 vs West Indies

Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)

Dimuth Karunaratne
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  • DOB: April 21, 1988
  • Age: 35 years, 161 days
  • ODI debut: July 9, 2011 vs England

Tim Southee (New Zealand)

Tim Southee
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  • DOB: December 11, 1988
  • Age: 34 years, 292 days
  • ODI debut: July 15, 2008 vs England

Rassie van der Dussen (South Africa)

Rassie van der Dussen
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  • DOB: February 7, 1989
  • Age: 34 years, 234 days
  • ODI debut: January 19, 2019 vs Pakistan

Iftikhar Ahmed (Pakistan)

Iftikhar Ahmed
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  • DOB: September 3, 1990,
  • Age: 33 years 26 days
  • ODI debut: November 13, 2015 vs England

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