Pakistan Cricket Board, PCB releases 2019-20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy schedule
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) releases on Monday the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Schedule calendar 2019-20, which will hold in nine centres from September 14 to December 9. In scheduling the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019-20 matches, the PCB has taken into account the availability and availability of the terrain, as well as the expected weather conditions at the end of the year.
Baluchistan will take part in all four matches at Bugti Stadium: a second-round match against Southern Punjab (21-24 September), the third-round match against central Punjab (28 September-1 October), the fifth-round match against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (28-31 October) and sixth-round match against Southern Punjab (4-7 November).
The picturesque Bugti Stadium hosted its only ODI in 1996, while it hosted its 25th and final first-class match in October 2008 when the home team met the then Northwest Frontier Province (PFNM) in a 2008–09 Pentangular Cup match.
Haroon Rashid, Director of Domestic Cricket, said: “The resumption of active first-class cricket in Quetta aligned with the PCB’s strategic goal of reviving and taking cricket to all corners of the country, attracting local players by giving them opportunities to get closer to established cricketers and generate interest in the region.”
While Bugti Stadium will host four matches, other venues to honour Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches are:
- Abbottabad Stadium, Abbottabad – 6
- Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore – 3
- Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad – 3
- Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot – 1
- KRL Stadium, Rawalpindi – 3
- National Stadium, Karachi – 5 (including the final of 9-13 December)
- State Bank Stadium, Karachi – 1
- UBL Sports Complex, Karachi – 5
In the first round from 14 to 17 September, Sindh and Baluchistan will face off at the UBL Sports Complex in Karachi, while Gaddafi Stadium will be the scene of the derby match between Central and South Punjab. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will close the horns with Northern at Abbottabad Stadium.
After the first four rounds, the red ball cricket will stop to make a window for the T20 cricket. It is being done to allow selectors to select T20 players in shape ahead of the crucial three-match T20I series against Australia Down Under.
The first and second XI T20 tournaments, which run simultaneously, will also help HBL Pakistan Super League franchises detect players before the players draft for next year’s edition.
To further prepare domestic cricketers for the demanding challenges of the Cricket Test, for the first time in domestic cricket, the PCB has decided to implement the no-throw rule, which will provide visiting teams with a bowling option First. It will act as a deterrent for local teams to control the fields in their favour and force them to prepare fields that provide the right balance between the bat and the ball for four days.
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Second Tournament XI
The second XI tournament of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy will run simultaneously with the first XI tournament. The 30 group matches will last three days, while the final will be a four-day match to be played at Karachi State Bank Stadium from 26-29 November.
The city of Mirpur in Azad and Jammu Kashmir will host four matches of the Second XI, starting from the contest of the second round between north and the centre of Punjab.
The decision to expand the headquarters to get the best quality aligns perfectly with the PCB’s vision of promoting the game as it will attract more and more people to the game, with the country’s leading cricketers playing in front of them, and will assist in the development of the game in what has previously been a neglected region.
-Haroon Rashid on Quaid e Azam Trophy 2019-2020-
“The purpose of organizing domestic cricket is to prepare national players for international cricket and attract young people and fans into the cricket game. We hope to deliver on both fronts with this Quaid-e-Azam trophy.
“Next season will prepare our domestic cricketers to deliver in different situations. They will travel the country and the challenge of playing in remote locations will surely help players to become mentally hardened and ready for the uphill tasks they exposed to internationally.”