Quetta to host Maiden FC Match after 11-years, Quaid e Azam Trophy QeA
First-class cricket will return to Quetta after an 11-year gap, Quetta host the second round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (QeA) begins on Saturday. The home team, Baluchistan, will face south of Punjab in a highly anticipated match, which will start at 10 a.m.
This will be the first of four first-class matches that the scenic Bugti Stadium will host this season.
To create opportunities for fans in Quetta to witness high-quality cricket in person and promote play in the region, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will open the doors of Bugti Stadium.
The event trophy also landed in Quetta on Thursday to provide fans with a close and personal experience with the prestigious cutlery.
After the first round, Balochistan has seven points, while South Punjab, captained by Shan Masood, has 11 points.
In the absence of the starter Imam-ul-Haq, who scored a 352-ball 152 in his team’s only innings, and batter Haris Sohail, Baluchistan will be captained by starter Imran Farhat, who had taken Habib Bank Limited to the title last season while last season He also finished as the second-best runner with 744 runs in 11 games.
After a fabulous start in his 2019-20 season, Southern Punjab will wait for starter Sami Aslam to bring his batting form to Quetta. He had scored 243 out and 50 out in a Punjab Derby contest at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Sindh, who takes fourth place, will play his second consecutive game at the UBL Sports Complex in Karachi, where they will host Khyber Pakhtunkhwa leaders, while Central Punjab will travel to Faisalabad to host Northern at Iqbal Stadium in a contest broadcast live.
Sindh will be captained by Sarfaraz Ahmed’s assistant, Asad Shafiq, while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be captained by the starter Sahibzada Farhan in the absence of Mohammad Rizwan, who will also be replaced by Rehan Afridi behind the wickets.
With captain Babar Azam and vice-captain Ahmed Shehzad in Lahore for the probable camp, former captain Azhar Ali will lead Central Punjab, which has 11 points, in his home match against Northern, led by Umar Amin. Central Punjab will summon players from its second side XI and reserve as Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Umar Akmal also attend the probable camp in Lahore.
The Northern, led by Umar, fifth with eight points, will also analyse the group of players to fill the void in their bowling department, created by the absence of Shadab Khan, Captain Imad Wasim and Usman Khan Shinwari.
Meanwhile, Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, are organizing a second XI game between north and central Punjab after the second round of the three-day tournament began on Friday.
Balochistan and south Punjab are playing at Dring Stadium, Bahawalpur. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh are playing horns in Karachi at the National Bank of Pakistan Stadium (NBP).