Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2017-18

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    PCB announces squads for Quaid-e-Azam Trophy

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Wednesday announced 8 regional squads of 20 players each, for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy season 2017-2018.

    Eight Regional sides i.e. Lahore Blues, Lahore Whites, Karachi Whites, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, FATA and Peshawar selected eight players each to complete their set of 20 players for the tournament.

    “The regions are our arms; we want to give them maximum support since they produce talent at the grass root level and are the reason for Pakistan cricket’s success at the highest level which has recently culminated in the historic Champions Trophy success,” said Director Cricket Operations Haroon Rasheed, quoted PCB.

    “Our domestic system is on the road to improvement and that’s the reason that the Player Selection Ceremony was introduced this year to add a new exciting dimension for the players besides further encouraging the role of new blood through induction of two Emerging Players in each squad,” he added.

    Here are the Squads:

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    http://www.brecorder.com/2017/09/06/367917/pcb-announces-squads-for-quaid-e-azam-trophy/
     
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    PCB holds player selection ceremony for Quaid-e-Azam Trophy

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) held the first-ever player selection ceremony for its premier first-class tournament Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Season 2017-2018 on Wednesday at Gaddafi Stadium.

    Eight regional sides – Lahore Blues, Lahore Whites, Karachi Whites, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, FATA and Peshawar – selected eight players each to complete their set of 20 players for the tournament.

    All teams had earlier picked 12 players from their own region; the dozen selected also included two emerging players. The player selection ceremony was held in a cordial atmosphere as all eight regions tried their best to make formidable combinations for the most competitive four-day tournament in the country.

    The eight regions expressed their satisfaction at the smooth conduction of the ceremony and wholeheartedly accepted the new system which encourages meritorious selections. Speaking on the occasion, the Cricket Operations Director Haroon Rasheed thanked the regions for their cooperation which re-endorsed the PCB’s trust in the regions.

    He said, “The regions are our arms; we want to give them maximum support since they produce talent at the grass root level. Our domestic system is on the road to improvement and that’s the reason that the player selection ceremony was introduced this year to add a new exciting dimension for the players besides further encouraging the role of new blood through induction of two emerging players in each squad.”

    https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/20...r-selection-ceremony-for-quaid-e-azam-trophy/
     
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    Saeed Ajmal to represent Faisalabad in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy

    Saeed Ajmal, who last played first-class cricket in 2015, has been picked up by Faisalabad Region for the upcoming Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan's premier domestic tournament. As many as eight regional teams selected their squads, with eight players out of 20 selected through the draft process for the very first time in the history of Pakistan cricket. A total of 12 players, including two emerging players, were selected through the traditional process of picking players from their own senior inter-districts.

    A list of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy teams
    Regional: Lahore Blues, Lahore Whites, Karachi Whites, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, FATA, Peshawar

    Department: WAPDA, HBL, UBL, SSGC, SNGPL, NBP, KRL, PTV

    Ajmal, 39, last played for Pakistan in Bangladesh in 2015 after remodelling his bowling action, which was declared illegal by the ICC in September 2014. He struggled to maintain his performances ever since, and is yet to play for Pakistan since that ill-fated Bangladesh tour, which saw Pakistan lose all three ODIs and the solitary T20I. His personal performances on that tour were also a sharp diversion from his high standards before being sanctioned. They included figures that read 10-0-74-0 in the first ODI, the worst of his career.

    He earmarked the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2016 as a stepping stone from which he would make a national comeback, but was never able to establish himself as an automatic selection for his franchise, Islamabad United.

    The method to pick players via a draft was a radical change this year, but then again, Pakistan's domestic cricket has been the subject of an overhaul almost every second year for the past decade. The format remains intact for the second year running, with 16 teams (eight regional and eight departments), but the selection process was tweaked in spite of strong objections raised by Karachi, the largest cricket association in the country.

    The move initially came under heavy criticism, leading to the board to agree to a compromise of the balance of players picked through the draft. The PCB had initially intended for 12 players to be selected through a draft system, leaving regions to pick only eight players from their districts. Facing pressure from cricket quarters within the country, the PCB found a middle ground by allowing associations to pick 60% of players through more conventional routes from their respective regions.

    Eight players were picked through a draft and 10 through the usual selection process, with two set to be emerging players from the region's Under-19 circuit. The model, according to the PCB, was introduced to counter the problem of selections not based on merit, making it more competitive when competing with departmental teams, who can field much stronger players. The PCB wished to enhance the competitiveness of regional sides who have struggled to compete against department sides in the QEA; historically, when regional and department sides have been grouped together in the tournament, the latter have fielded the better players, enabled by greater financial resources at their disposal.

    "The eight regions expressed their satisfaction at the smooth conduct of the ceremony and wholeheartedly accepted the new system which encourages meritorious selections," the PCB said in a statement. "The regions are our arms; we want to give them maximum support since they produce talent at grassroots level and are the reason for Pakistan cricket's success at the highest level which has recently culminated in the historic Champions Trophy success. Our domestic system is on the road to improvement and that's the reason that the Player Selection Ceremony was introduced this year to add a new exciting dimension for the players besides further encouraging the role of new blood through induction of two Emerging Players in each squad."

    The year's domestic calendar is also yet to be unveiled, with several dates decided only to be pushed back. The PCB had earlier scheduled to start the season with the National T20 Cup and forced all the players playing in the Caribbean Premier League to return home, before deciding to postpone the National T20 Cup to November.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/20606814/saeed-ajmal-represent-faisalabad-quaid-e-azam-trophy
     
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    Hectic schedule awaits teams in compressed Quaid-e-Azam Trophy
    The 2017-18 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy will put teams through a back-breaking schedule of seven four-day games in just 41 days. That is the total time allocated to the group stage for 16 teams. Just 86 days have been set aside for the entire tournament, with the final to be played on December 16.

    The scheduling of Pakistan's premier first-class tournament was altered twice, before a final decision was made to start on September 26, twelve days later than originally planned. Fifteen venues have been chosen to host the 69 matches. The group stage has been especially compressed, with each team afforded only 13 rest days if their matches last all four days. That is a reduction on an already packed schedule: teams were given 18 and 15 days off in the group stages in the last two seasons. The 2014-15 season saw the entire tournament, comprising 67 games, wrapped up in just 72 days. The 'rest' days should also be taken with a pinch of salt, as most of them are taken up travelling to various cities.

    This year's scheduling is even tighter, as the tournament has been split into two windows, with the group stage ending on November 5, and the next stage - the Super Eight - starting from November 25. The three-week window between the two dates is being used to play the National T20 Cup, an event which was previously postponed from August.

    The scheduling of the National T20 Cup has already created other conflicts, as it clashes with the Bangladesh Premier League and the Global T20 in South Africa, events in which up to 20 Pakistan players are scheduled to take part. The BPL lasts from November 2 to December 10, while the Global T20 begins on November 3, with the final taking place on December 16. Further complicating the situation is the fact that the PCB went ahead with a selection process for the domestic tournament last month with a draft ceremony.

    Pakistan's domestic circuit has been subject to multiple changes, with schedules varying every year for at least a decade. The first-class format, however, remains intact for the second year running, with 16 teams (eight regional and eight departments), but the selection process was tweaked, allowing eight players to be picked through the draft process.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_...e-awaits-teams-compressed-quaid-e-azam-trophy
     
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    ISLAMABAD: The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the country’s premier first class cricket event, kicks off on Tuesday (today).

    For the first time, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is using Duke balls for Trophy matches. “Though the ball is Duke, we have used Australian hide to make it more durable. The English hide is only meant for English conditions. We have made some other adjustments as well to make the ball perfect for Pakistani surfaces,” a PCB official said.

    He said that early reports on the Duke balls used in practice matches were encouraging. “Reports we have received so far after using the ball in practice matches are very good. Hopefully the Trophy matches will go smoothly,” he added.

    The Duke is much darker red, enjoyed by the bowlers. It does not swing from the start but as the lacquer used on the ball wears off, it swings conventionally and in a much better way than Kookaburra.

    A source said Level III qualified coaches would be entitled to Rs175,000 and those having done Level II would get an even better package.

    Tuesday matches:

    Pool A: Lahore Blues vs WAPDA at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

    Umpires: Khalid Mahmood Sr. & Sultan Mahmood. Referee: Aziz-ur-Rehman. Scorer: Azhar Hussain.

    Peshawar vs SNGPL at Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad. Umpires: Rashid Riaz & Saqib Khan. Referee: Mohammad Aslam. Scorer: Khurram Shahzad.

    Islamabad vs SSGC at Diamond Ground, Islamabad.

    Umpires: Riazuddin & Qaiser Waheed. Referee: Iqbal Sheikh. Scorer: Adnan Farooq.

    Faisalabad vs NBP at Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad.

    Umpires: Mohammad Asif & Adnan Rashid. Referee: Nadeem Arshad. Scorer: Tahir Suhaib.

    Pool B: Karachi Whites vs UBL at UBL Ground No 1, Karachi.

    Umpires: Zameer Haider & Aslam Bareach. Referee: Iftikhar Ahmed. Scorer: Waseem Abbas.

    Rawalpindi vs KRL at Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.

    Umpires: Ghaffar Kazmi & Waleed Yaqoob, Referee: Tanvir Afzal. Scorer: Shakeel Ahmed.

    FATA vs HBL at Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot.

    Umpires: Shozab Raza & Tariq Rasheed, Referee: Shahid Butt. Scorer: Farrukh Ilyas.

    Lahore White vs PTV at LCCA Ground, Lahore.

    Umpires: Shamim Ansari & Muhammad Sajid. Referee: Khalid Niazi. Scorer: Najamus Saeed.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/232606-Quaid-e-Azam-Trophy-from-today
     
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    Wapda cricket team vow to defend QA trophy title

    WAPDA Cricket team, led by its Captain Salman Butt, here on Monday met with the Chairman Wapda, Lt Gen retd Muzammal Hussain and vowed to defend the title of the most prestigious event of the domestic cricket the Quaid e Azam trophy tournament.

    WAPDA Sports BoardPresident/WAPDA Secretary and other senior officers of WAPDA Sports Board were also present on the occasion.

    Appreciating the team for winning their maiden Quaid-e-Azam Trophy last year, the Chairman expressed the hope that WAPDA team will perform to their full potential to defend the title. He announced cash prizes for the team members who helped WAPDA won Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2016-17.

    Terming cricket as passion and identity of Pakistan, the Chairman asserted that sports alone can be the catalyst and the tool to overcome our national issues ranging from terrorism, illiteracy to fragile economy and can be a source of national harmony. He directed the players to show high quality character, commitment and make hard work their focus both and on and off playing field.

    During their interaction with the Chairman, the cricketers thanked him for his patronage for the betterment of sports and the players, the cricketers in particular. They team members expressed the determination to show consistency by putting in more hard work to defend the Quaid trophy title during the coming domestic season.—APP

    https://pakobserver.net/wapda-cricket-team-vow-defend-qa-trophy-title/
     
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    KARACHI: Holders Wapda will launch of their title defence in a revamped Quaid-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship from Tuesday when Lahore Blues host them at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

    Wapda clinched their maiden first-class trophy after the day-night final against Habib Bank petered out in a draw at Karachi’s National Stadium last December. The highlight of that game was skipper Salman Butt’s century in each innings.

    The latest edition of country’s premier first-class competition comes with a lot of alterations. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s domestic committee has put teams in quandary over the schedule that will be a trial of stamina for the 16 competing sides as they head toward seven four-day fixtures in the space of only 41 days compared to the past two season when teams had 15-18 rest days in contrast to 13 now.

    Further, just 86 days have allocated for the entire championship during which 69 matches will be played at 15 venues. Another big change is that a break of 20 days will enforced before the Super Eight stage and the five-day final since the PCB were forced to delay holding of the National T20 Cup, which was moved from the original dates of Aug 25-Sept 10 to accommodate the three-match T20 series between Pakistan and World XI that was played in Lahore earlier this month.

    Originally, the first-class event was planned for an Oct 8 start but the World XI visit and revised dates for the National T20, which is now set to be played in the middle of November.

    With no policy as yet decided by the PCB hierarchy to prevent top players going to fill up their pockets from cash earned from the lucrative T20 leagues — such as the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and the first-ever Global T20 in South Africa — the Quaid Trophy will again see the star status missing.

    The dates of both BPL (Nov 2-Dec 10) and Global T20 (starting from Nov 3 with the final on Dec 16) will almost run concurrently with the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy and the National T20 Cup.

    The PCB, in a major decision, chose to adopt a draft selection policy for the eight regional outfits for the upcoming tournament with each region being allocated eight players through this controversial process.

    Another key element missing time is that there will be no day-night matches scheduled, according to the fixture list provided to the media.

    Pools:

    Group ‘A’: Lahore Blues, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Islamabad, Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda), Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), National Bank of Pakistan (NBP).

    Group ‘B’: Karachi Whites, Lahore Whites, Rawalpindi, Fata, Habib Bank Limited (HBL), Khan Research Laboratories (KRL), Pakistan Television (PTV).

    Schedule:

    Sept 26-29: Lahore Blues vs Wapda (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore); Faisalabad vs NBP (Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad), Islamabad vs SSGC (Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad), Peshawar vs SNGPL (Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad); United Bank vs Karachi Whites (UBL Sports Complex, Karachi); Lahore Whites vs PTV (LCCA Ground, Lahore); Fata vs HBL (Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot); Rawalpindi vs KRL (Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi).

    Oct 3-6: Lahore Blues vs NBP (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore); Faisalabad vs Wapda (Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad); Islamabad vs SNGPL (Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad); Peshawar vs SSGC (Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar); Karachi Whites vs PTV (NBP Sports Complex, Karachi); Lahore Whites vs UBL (LCCA Ground, Lahore); Fata vs KRL (Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot); Rawalpindi vs HBL (Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi).

    Oct 9-12: Lahore Blues vs SSGC (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore); Faisalabad vs SNGPL (Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad); Islamabad vs Wapda (Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad); Peshawar vs NBP (Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar); Karachi Whites vs KRL (UBL Sports Complex, Karachi); Lahore Whites vs HBL (LCCA Ground, Lahore); Fata vs UBL (Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot); Rawalpindi vs PTV (Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi).

    Oct 15-18: Lahore Blues vs SNGPL (LCCA Ground, Lahore); Faisalabad vs SSGC (Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad); Islamabad vs NBP (Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad); Peshawar vs Wapda (Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar); Karachi Whites vs HBL (NBP Sports Complex, Karachi); Lahore Whites vs KRL (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore); Fata vs PTV (Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot); Rawalpindi vs UBL (Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi).

    Oct 21-24: SNGPL vs SSGC (Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad); NBP vs Wapda (Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi); Islamabad vs Faisalabad (Diamond Club Ground); Peshawar vs Lahore Blues (Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar); Karachi Whites vs Rawalpindi (National Stadium, Karachi); HBL vs KRL (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore); Lahore Whites vs Fata (LCCA Ground, Lahore); UBL vs PTV (Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot).

    Oct 27-30: Wapda vs SSGC (Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad); Lahore Blues vs Faisalabad (LCCA Ground, Lahore); NBP vs SNGPL (Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot); Islamabad vs Faisalabad (Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad); Karachi Whites vs Fata (National Stadium, Karachi); HBL vs PTV (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore); Rawalpindi vs Lahore Whites (Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi); KRL vs UBL (KRL Stadium, Rawalpindi).

    Nov 2-5: SNGPL vs Wapda (National Stadium, Karachi); NBP vs SSGC (Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan); Faisalabad vs Peshawar (Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad); Lahore Blues vs Islamabad (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore); Lahore Whites vs Karachi Whites LCCA Ground, Lahore); Rawalpindi vs Fata (Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi); KRL vs PTV (KRL Stadium, Rawalpindi); HBL vs UBL (Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad).

    Published in Dawn, September 26th, 2017

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1360082/wapda-open-title-defence-in-revamped-quaid-trophy
     
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    LAHORE: Members of the Wapda cricket team which won the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy last season, had a meeting with their chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain just day before the start of the new first-class season.

    Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt will be leading Wapda for the second season running after his twin centuries in the drawn final against HBL played a key role in his team’s success.

    During Monday’s meeting at the Wapda House, Wapda chairman appreciated the cricket team for excellent show that enabled it to annex their maiden Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

    The chairman expressed the hope that Wapda will perform to their full potential to retain the title, while announcing cash prizes for the team members.

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    Terming cricket as passion and identity of Pakistan, the Wapda chairman asserted that sports alone can be the catalyst and the tool to overcome our national issues ranging from terrorism, illiteracy to fragile economy and can be a source of national harmony.

    He directed the players to show high quality character, commitment and make hard work their focus both and on and off playing field.

    During their interaction with the chairman, the cricketers thanked him for his patronage for the betterment of sports and the players, the cricketers in particular.

    Published in Dawn, September 26th, 2017

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1360080/champions-meet-wapda-chief
     
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    Scorecards

    Lahore Blues vs Wapda (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore);
    http://www.pcb.com.pk/quaideazam-trophy-201718/match/30486.html

    Faisalabad vs NBP (Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad),
    http://www.pcb.com.pk/quaideazam-trophy-201718/match/30483.html

    Islamabad vs SSGC (Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad),
    http://www.pcb.com.pk/quaideazam-trophy-201718/match/30487.html

    Peshawar vs SNGPL (Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad);
    http://www.pcb.com.pk/quaideazam-trophy-201718/match/30484.html

    United Bank vs Karachi Whites (UBL Sports Complex, Karachi);
    http://www.pcb.com.pk/quaideazam-trophy-201718/match/30488.html

    Lahore Whites vs PTV (LCCA Ground, Lahore);
    http://www.pcb.com.pk/quaideazam-trophy-201718/match/30485.html

    Fata vs HBL (Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot);
    http://www.pcb.com.pk/quaideazam-trophy-201718/match/30489.html

    Rawalpindi vs KRL (Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi).
    http://www.pcb.com.pk/quaideazam-trophy-201718/match/30482.html
     
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    Sohail Khan’s six-for helps UBL restrict Karachi Whites to 208

    MUZAFFARABAD: Pakistan fast-bowler Sohail Khan took six wickets to help UBL restrict Karachi Whites to 208 runs on the first day of their round one fixtures of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy at the UBL ground in Karachi on Tuesday.

    Put in to bat, Karachi Whites were dismissed for 208 in 51.3 overs as Sohail took six wickets giving away 59 runs along with Muhammad Nawaz taking 2-29. For Karachi, Muhammad Hasan scored 67 off 93 balls with Faisal Iqbal scoring 52. At the end of play, UBL were 102-3 after 31 overs.

    In another match at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, asked to bat first, Rawalpindi were restricted to 174 as KRL’s Yasir Ali took 6-50 while Sadaf Hussain took 3-48. For Rawalpindi, Umar Masood (53) was the top scorer. At the end of play, KRL were batting on 56-0 after 17 overs.

    At the Jinnah Stadium, HBL could make just 238 in 70.4 overs after losing the toss as Fata’s Sohail Akhtar took 5-45 runs. For HBL, Ahmed Shahzad scored 73 runs with Imamul Haq scoring 41. At the end of play, FATA were in trouble though at 46-4 after nine overs with Umar Gul taking two wickets.

    The LCCA Stadium also saw low scores as, asked to bat first, Lahore Whites were restricted to 244 as PTV’s Raheel Majeed and Tabish Khan took three wickets apiece giving away 23 and 56 runs respectively. At the end of day, PTV were batting on 37-3 after 14 overs.

    In Pool A matches, Hasan Raza returning to domestic cricket after a two-year ban took three wickets for 87 runs in the match between Faisalabad and National Bank of Pakistan. Asked to bat first, Faisalabad were 276-8 in 90 overs.

    At the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Aamir Sajjad’s unbeaten century helped WAPDA reach 297-9 against Lahore Blues while Khalid Usman scored 45 runs. For Lahore Blues, Aizaz Cheema, Bilawal Iqbal and Saifur Rehman took two wickets apiece.

    At the Diamond Ground in Islamabad, SSGC were 292-7 as Asif Zakir scored 89 off 174 balls and Zain Abbas scored 44 off 79 balls. For hosts Islamabad, Shahzad Azam Rana and Hamza Nadeem took two wickets each.

    At the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, SNGPL’s decision to bat first backfired as they were restricted to 207 in 60 overs as Imran Khan Senior took 3-44 runs. At the end of play, Peshawar were batting on 46-1 after 17 overs.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1516899/sohail-khans-six-helps-ubl-restrict-karachi-whites-208/
     
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    Its too unfair on one hand you have SSGC who have everybody then on the other hand you have Rawalpindi or Fata.

    I don't agree with Imran Khan on 5 teams but 16 is way too much around 8-10 teams would suffice.
     
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    The teams should be
    Lahore
    Karachi
    Islamabad
    Quetta
    Peshawar
    Hyderabad
    Faislabad
    Rawalpindi
    Multan
    Gilgit and AJK
     
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    Sahibzada Farhan is pure class. Great prospect.
     
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    Wickets tumble left and right in Pindi

    MUZAFFARABAD: A total of 23 wickets fell on the second day of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy first round match between Rawalpindi and KRL at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

    KRL resumed their first innings at 56-0 but ended up losing all their wickets for the addition of just 75 more runs as Rawalpindi’s Mazahar Hussain took four wickets for 42, Attaullah took three for 35 and Haseeb Azam took two for 27.

    But Rawalpindi fared little better, with their entire line-up mustering only 139 runs in 46 overs as KRL’s Shaheen Shah took eight wickets for 39. .jw-ad {max-height: 0;margin: 0 auto;max-width: 640px;overflow: hidden;text-align: center;transition: max-height 500ms ease-out;width: 100%;}.jw-ad-label {background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.07);border-radius: 2px;color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5);display: inline-block;font-size: 12px;letter-spacing: 1px;margin: 10px 0 10px;padding: 5px 10px;text-transform: uppercase;}.jw-ad-visible {height: 415px;}

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    At the end of play, KRL were 8-3 after 3.4 overs in their second innings.

    In the other Pool B match, Hammad Azam (115) scored an unbeaten century for UBL against Karachi Whites to help his side reach 392-7 at the end of second day

    Umar Saddique chipped in with 70 to help UBL take a lead of 184 runs.

    At Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot, Faheem Ashraf and Junaid Khan took three wickets each to help HBL restrict Fata on 178 in their first innings as former Pakistan pacer Umar Gul claimed two scalps for 35 runs.

    At the end of play, HBL were 171-2 with a lead of 251 runs.

    At the LCCA ground in Lahore, Waqas Ahmed took five wickets to help Lahore Whites restrict PTV on 161 in their first innings as Muhammad Irfan Junior took three for 26 runs.

    At the end of play, Lahore (W) were 181-3, enjoying a lead of 264 runs.

    Meanwhile, in a Pool A match at Diamond Ground, Ziaul Haq took four wickets to help SSGC restrict Islamabad on 189 in their first innings as Kashif Bhatti and Muhammad Irfan took two wickets each.

    At the end of play, SSGC had made 51 without loss in their second innings, giving them an overall lead of 172 runs.

    At Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, SNGPL’s Sami Niazi took four wickets for 50 runs to restrict Peshawar team on 203.

    He was well supported by Shadab Khan, who took three for 23.

    At the end of play, SNGPL were batting in their second innings on 131-5 with a lead of 135 runs.

    The Gaddafi Stadium saw Wapda’s Hussain Shah take four for 59 with Waqas Maqsood and Muhammad Irfan taking two each to restrict Lahore Blues on 198.

    At the end of play, Wapda were batting on 41-1, with a lead of 140 runs under their belt.

    At Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad, the host resumed their first innings on 276-8 and stretched their score to 361 before losing their all 10 wickets.

    At the end of play, NBP were batting on 171-1 in their first innings, with Hamza Paracha (73) and Ali Asad (46) on the crease.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1517830/wickets-tumble-left-right-pindi/
     
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    23 wickets tumble in match between Rawalpindi and KRL

    ISLAMABAD: A total of 23 wickets fell on the second day of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy first round match between Rawalpindi and Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) at Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on Wednesday. KRL resumed their first innings at 56-0 but ended up losing all their wickets for the addition of just 75 more runs as Rawalpindi’s Mazahar Hussain took four wickets for 42, Attaullah took three for 35 and Haseeb Azam took two for 27. But Rawalpindi fared little better, with their entire line-up mustering only 139 runs in 46 overs as KRL’s Shaheen Shah took eight wickets for 39. At the end of play, KRL were 8-3 after 3.4 overs in their second innings.

    In the other Pool B match, Hammad Azam (115) scored an unbeaten century for United Bank Limited (UBL) against Karachi Whites to help his side reach 392-7 at the end of second day at UBL Ground in Karachi. Umar Saddique chipped in with 70 to help UBL take a lead of 184 runs. At Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot, Faheem Ashraf and Junaid Khan took three wickets each to help Habib Bank Limited (HBL) restrict FATA at 178 in their first innings as former Pakistan pacer Umar Gul claimed two scalps for 35 runs. At the end of play, HBL were 171-2 with a lead of 251 runs.

    At the LCCA Ground in Lahore, Waqas Ahmed took five wickets to help Lahore Whites restrict PTV at 161 in their first innings as Muhammad Irfan Junior took three for 26 runs. At the end of play, Lahore Whites were 181-3, enjoying a lead of 264 runs. Meanwhile, in a Pool A match at Diamond Ground in Islamabad, Ziaul Haq took four wickets to help Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) restrict Islamabad at 189 in their first innings as Kashif Bhatti and Muhammad Irfan took two wickets each. At the end of play, SSGC had made 51 without loss in their second innings, giving them an overall lead of 172 runs.

    At Abbottabad Cricket Stadium in Abbottabad, Sui Northern Gas Pipe Lines’ (SNGPL) Sami Niazi took four wickets for 50 runs to restrict Peshawar team at 203. He was well supported by Shadab Khan, who took three for 23. At the end of play, SNGPL were batting in their second innings on 131-5 with a lead of 135 runs.

    The Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore saw Pakistan WAPDA’s Hussain Shah take four for 59 with Waqas Maqsood and Muhammad Irfan taking two each to restrict Lahore Blues at 198. At the end of play, WAPDA were batting on 41-1, with a lead of 140 runs under their belt. At Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad, the hosts resumed their first innings on 276-8 and stretched their score to 361 before losing their all 10 wickets. At the end of play, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) were batting on 171-1 in their first innings, with Hamza Paracha (73) and Ali Asad (46) on the crease.

    Published in Daily Times, September 28th 2017.

    http://dailytimes.com.pk/sports/28-Sep-17/23-wickets-tumble-in-match-between-rawalpindi-and-krl
     
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    Ton-up Hammad leads by example as UBL dominate

    KARACHI: Discarded Pakistan all-rounder Hammad Azam couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to showcase his true value as United Bank Limited (UBL) took command of their Quad-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship fixture against Karachi Whites here on Wednesday.

    The stand-in skipper struck a career-best 115 as UBL amassed 392-7 in response to the regional side’s modest first-inning tally of 208 o at the halfway point of the four-day Group ‘B’ fixture at the UBL Sports Complex.

    The 26-year-old Hammad, who has appeared in just 11 One-day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals in a stop-start Pakistan career, surpassed an unbeaten 106 — the highest of his previous three first-class centuries — while also going past 3,000 runs in his 75th appearance.

    Having already gone into the lead, UBL prospered further as Hammad, who adorned his 198-ball knock with 11 boundaries and three sixes, and Sohail Khan joined forces to share an unbroken partnership of 135 in only 125 minutes.

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    Resuming at 107-3, UBL lost the left-handed trio of Saad Ali (32), Mohammad Nawaz (10) and opener Umar Siddique before Gulraiz Sadaf helped his captain put on 60 for the seventh wicket.

    Umar Siddique batted for 341 minutes for his 74 from 215 balls while hitting eight boundaries.

    Sohail followed up his six-wicket haul on Tuesday’s opening day of the championship by smashing fours sixes and two fours in his 100-ball effort of 55 as the bankers built a commanding of 184 runs.

    Ex-Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Sami picked up three wickets for 76 runs.

    Opener Rizwan Hussain slammed an undefeated 113 (133 balls, 20 fours) to help Lahore Whites put themselves in complete control against PTV at the LCCA Ground.

    After bowling out PTV for 161, with paceman Waqas Ahmed taking 5-54, Lahore Whites not only secured a first-innings lead of 83 but extended it further to 264 by closing the day a 181-3 in their second innings.

    Pakistan limited-overs star opener Fakhar Zaman spanked 111 from just 104 balls while dominating a stand of 157 as HBL posted 171-2 in the second innings after taking a lead of 60 on the first by dismissing Fata for 178 at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot.

    KRL were in deep shock after Rawalpindi had tottering at 8-3 in pursuit of a relatively achievable target of 184 at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

    Shahenshah Afridi, who until last week was leading Fata in the PCB Under-19 National Cricket Championship, marked his first-class debut with remarkable figures of 8-39 in 15 overs to help KRL bowl out Rawalpindi for 139 in the second innings.

    Earlier, KRL crashed from 63-0 to 131 all out to give the regional side a 43run lead on the first innings.

    Holders Wapda took a 99-run lead by dismissing Lahore Blues for 198 in the Group ‘A’ game at the Gaddafi Stadium before advancing to 41-1 in the second innings.

    Former Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal scored an 87-ball 47 (six fours) to enable Faisalabad post 361 before NBP responded emphatically by posting 171-1 at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.

    SNGPL were in bother at 131-5 after taking a slim two-run lead on the first innings against Peshawar at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium.

    SSGC were well-placed at 51-0 after Islamabad mustered 189 all out in reply to the departmental outfit’s 310 at the Diamond Club Ground in the federal capital.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1360399/ton-up-hammad-leads-by-example-as-ubl-dominate
     
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    KARACHI: Rawalpindi, United Bank Limited (UBL) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) all took a day off after sealing three-day victories in the opening round of the Quad-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship on Thursday.

    Rawalpindi were the first winners on penultimate day of the four-day Group ‘B’ fixture at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi where they humbled Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) by 105 runs to grab nine points.

    Resuming at 83, KRL’s second innings was swiftly blown away for just 77 by the pace duo of left-armer Nazar Hussain (5-31 in 12 overs) and the lanky right-armer Ataullah (5-46 in 11).

    Pakistan’s rising leg-spin star Shadab Khan made a fine debut for former champions SNGPL who crushed Peshawar by 154 runs in the Group ‘A’ encounter at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium.

    Peshawar, who were chasing 282, mustered a miserly total of 127 in their second innings as wickets fell at regular intervals. Shadab claimed 4-12 in 8.4 overs to end up with match figures of 7-35.

    Skipper Mohammad Hafeez had 3-14 in eight overs after veteran left-arm seamer Samiullah Khan Niazi took wickets upfront.

    Earlier, left-arm paceman Taj Wali picked up 5-81 as SNGPL were dismissed for 277 in their second innings.

    UBL were even more clinical in their rout of Karachi Whites by an innings and 73 runs in the Group ‘B’ match here at the UBL Sports Complex.

    After adding 42 to their overnight score of 392-7, UBL ended up making a commanding 434 to secure a huge 226-run lead on the first innings. Stand-in captain Hammad Azam was out for 128 (243 balls, 11 fours and three sixes) while Sohail Khan, who put on 160 with Hammad, perished for 63. Ex-Test paceman Mohammad Sami claimed two more wickets to finish with decent analysis of 5-84 in 32 overs.

    Sohail then made life miserable for the lower half of Karachi batting as the sturdy fast bowler captured his second five-for in the match as he helped himself to 5-54 in 14.5 overs, giving him magnificent match bag of 11-113 on a sterling debut for UBL.

    Only discarded Pakistan opener Khurram Manzoor offered some fight. The right-hander was bowled by spinner Mohammad Nawaz for 54. Left-arm seamer Rumman Raees Khan lent good to Sohail by taking 3-34 from 14 overs.

    Lahore Whites were on verge of starting the first-class season on a winning note as well when they reduced Pakistan Television (PTV) to 98-5 after setting the departmental outfit a massive 466-run chase by declaring their second innings at 382-7 at the LCCA Ground in Lahore.

    Umaid Asif, better known in domestic circuit for his fast-bowling exploits, had a day to remember. He first bludgeoned a career-best 97 off only 114 balls with 17 fours and one six before returning later in the afternoon to grab three PTV wickets.

    Habib Bank Limited (UBL) need another eight wickets on Friday’s fourth and final day after Fata reached 93-2 after being asked to chase an unlikely 507 at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot.

    Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) were also certain to complete an emphatic victory early on day four after Islamabad slumped to 66-5 after being set a target of 458 at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad.

    Earlier, Imam-ul-Haq matched his opening partner Fakhar Zaman’s score on Wednesday by scoring 111 (214 balls, eight boundaries) and former Pakistan batsman Imran Farhat hit before HBL closed their second innings at 446-6.

    Another ex-Pakistan player to shine was the once wily off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who snared four wickets for 107 runs in his first first-class appearance after two years as National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) took advantage of a bland Iqbal Stadium pitch in Faisalabad to collect 397-8 in response to Faisalabad’s 361.

    Close of play scores and results on Thursday (day three of four):

    Group ‘A’:

    At Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad: FAISALABAD 361 in 117.2 overs (Asif Ali 101, Abdul Samad 59, Saeed Ajmal 47, Hasan Mahmood 40; Raza Hasan 4-112, Qaiser Abbas 3-35, Hazrat Shah 3-104); NBP 397-8 in 149.1 overs (Hamza Paracha 91, Ali Asad 75, Naved Yasin 71 not out, Ahsan Ali 41, Raza Hasan 27; Saeed Ajmal 4-107, Mohammad Talha 2-73).

    At Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore: WAPDA 297 in 88.4 overs (Aamir Sajjad 106 not out, Khalid Usman 45, Salman Butt 38, Kamran Akmal 34, Khushdil Shah 30; Bilawal Iqbal 3-51, Aizaz Cheema 2-27, Saif-ur-Rehman 2-55) and 261-7 declared in 79 overs (Mohammad Saad 104 not out, Aamir Sajjad 64, Salman Butt 26; Agha Salman 3-35); LAHORE BLUES 198 in 69.4 overs (Raza Ali Dar 72, Qaiser Ashraf 52 not out, Waqas Saleem 26; Hasnain Shah 4-59, Waqas Maqsood 2-25, Mohammad Irfan 2-41) and 70-2 in 24 overs (Waqas Saleem 26).

    At Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad: SSGC 310 in 89.3 overs (Asif Zakir 89, Zain Abbas 44, Shoaib Malik 29, Umar Amin 28, Aamir Yamin 27 not out; Ali Imran Pasha 3-62, Shehzad Azam Rana 3-70, Hamza Nadeem 2-63) and 336-4 declared in 77 overs (Adil Amin 83, Zain Abbas 52, Fawad Alam 50 not out, Shoaib Malik 39 not out, Umar Amin 39, Asif Zakir 28); ISLAMABAD 189 in 67.2 overs (Fahad Iqbal 30, Imad Wasim 26, Ali Sarfraz 25; Zia-ul-Haq 4-46, Kashif Bhatti 2-24, Mohammad Irfan Jr 2-30) and 66-5 in 24 overs (Kashif Bhatti 3-16, Zia-ul-Haq 2-19).

    At Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad: SNGPL beat Peshawar by 154 runs.

    SNGPL 207 in 60 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 67, Mohammad Hafeez 36, Imran Butt 27; Mohammad Imran Khan 3-44, Shahzaib Ahmed Khan 2-19, Nasir Ahmed 2-47, Taj Wali 2-61) and 277 in 79.3 overs (Imran Butt 60, Shadab Khan 47, Azizullah 33; Taj Wali 5-81, Nasir Ahmed 2-45); PESHAWAR 203 in 59.1 overs (Gohar Ali 66, Sahibzada Farhan 50; Samiullah Khan Niazi 4-50, Shadab Khan 3-23) and 127 in 38.4 overs (Akbar Badshah 36, Jamaluddin 31; Shadab Khan 4-12, Mohammad Hafeez 3-14, Samiullah Khan Niazi 2-32).

    Group ‘B’:

    At UBL Sports Complex, Karachi: UBL beat Karachi Whites by an innings and 73 runs.

    KARACHI WHITES 208 in 51.3 overs (Mohammad Hasan 67, Faisal Iqbal 52, Azam Hussain 25 not out; Sohail Khan 6-59, Mohammad Nawaz 2-29) and 153 in 54.5 overs (Khurram Manzoor 54, Mohammad Hasan 26; Sohail Khan 5-54, Rumman Raees Khan 3-34); UBL 434 in 138.5 overs (Hammad Azam 128, Umar Siddique 74, Sohail Khan 63, Umar Akmal 47, Saad Ali 32, Gulraiz Sadaf 26; Mohammad Sami 5-84, Azam Hussain 2-89, Adeel Malik 2-95).

    At LCCA Ground, Lahore: LAHORE WHITES 244 in 73.2 overs (Mohammad Waqas 46, Mohammad Irfan 40, Rizwan Hussain 39, Salman Fayyaz 35, Umaid Asif 33; Raheel Majeed 3-23, Tabish Khan 3-56) and 382-7 declared in 98.5 overs (Rizwan Hussain 138, Umaid Asif 97, Salman Fayyaz 37 not out, Anas Mahmood 31, Ameer Hamza 27, Fahad-ul-Haq 25); PTV 161 in 54.2 overs (Saud Shakeel 62, Waleed Malik 29; Waqas Ahmed 5-54, Mohammad Irfan 3-26, Umaid Asif 2-38) and 98-5 in 23 overs (Hasan Raza 35 not out, Nihal Mansoor 26; Umaid Asif 3-32).

    At Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot: HBL 238 in 70.4 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 73, Imam-ul-Haq 41, Rameez Aziz 35; Sohail Akhtar 5-45) and 446-5 declared in 103.1 overs (Fakhar Zaman 111, Imam-ul-Haq 111, Imran Farhat 85, Ahmed Shehzad 46, Fahim Ashraf 38; Asif Ali 3-107, Asif Afridi 2-74); FATA 178 in 55.1 overs (Mohammad Naeem 96, Asif Ali 36, Asif Afridi 30; Fahim Ashraf 3-38, Junaid Khan 3-51, Umar Gul 2-35) and 93-2 in 25 overs (Yasir Hameed 39 not out, Mukhtar Ahmed 31).

    At Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi: Rawalpindi beat KRL by 105 runs.

    RAWALPINDI 174 in 70.3 overs (Umair Masood 53, Nazar Hussain 28, Sarmad Hameed 26; Yasir Ali 6-50, Sadaf Hussain 3-48) and 139 in 46 overs (Sarmad Hameed 58, Nazar Hussain 29, Shaharyar Ghani 28; Shahenshah Afridi 8-39); KRL 131 in 45.2 overs (Hasan Sardar 38; Nazar Hussain 4-42, Ataullah 3-35) and 77 in 23 overs (Abdul Rehman Muzammil 23; Nazar Hussain 5-31, Ataullah 5-46).

    Published in Dawn, September 29th, 2017
     
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    Dodgy Dukes, departmental domination, and Fawad Alam

    The Duke's debut

    The PCB inducted English Duke balls on their premier first-class circuit in a bid to prepare for the two-match Test series in England next year. However, several players - bowlers and batsmen alike - complained about the quality of the ball. According to players, it is 'extraordinarily hard' on the bat and in the hands for the fielders, specifically in the slips. Bowlers also complained that the ball was difficult to shine, with the leather looking somewhat coarse.

    At the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore the opening round of fixtures, WAPDA dismissed the Lahore Blues out for 198. The ball needed to be changed no less than three times for losing their shape, supporting players accounts that the quality was substandard. Players who have played league cricket in England claimed that the ball used in the QeA over this week were much harder than the ones used on the domestic circuit in the UK.

    Departments dominate regions

    The PCB recently introduced a draft system for selecting players in regional sides in a bid to make the tournament more competitive. But the opening round saw departmental teams, boasting sizeable international quality, continue to be in command, beating regional teams by significant margins; SSGC beat Islamabad by 360 runs, SNGPL thrashed Peshawar by 154 runs, WAPDA tamed Lahore Blues by 120 runs, HBL thumped FATA by 335 runs, UBL toppled Karachi Whites by 73 runs, and NBP saw off Faisalabad by 6 wickets. The only victories for the regions came for Rawalpindi and Lahore Whites, who turned over KRL and PTV respectively.

    Sohail success

    Weeks after Mickey Arthur leapt to Sohail Khan's defence after a tense defeat against the World XI in Lahore, the bowler repaid his coach's faith, kicking off his QeA season with an 11-wicket haul, helping his side United Bank to an innings victory against the Karachi Whites. He followed up a six-wicket haul in the first innings - including five of the top six - with a five-for in the second as United Bank eased to a thumping win. It was a thoroughly all-round performance, too; in the one innings he did bat, he added 63 at number 9, bolstering his all-round credentials.

    The comeback kid

    Raza Hasan, who was banned for two years for testing positive for cocaine in 2015, returned with cracking match figures of 4-112 and 8-76 to help National Bank of Pakistan rip through Faisalabad's batting line up. He was the young sensation of the 2012 World T20, but hadn't played first-class cricket since 2014 before being banned from playing all forms of cricket after found to be using cocaine. The 25-year-old played 10 T20 matches and a solitary ODI for Pakistan, and remained in isolation before Lahore Qalanders director Aqib Javed helped him revive his career. His contract with NBP - revoked after his suspension - was reinstated earlier this year, and he will be hoping to make up for lost time.

    Fawad Watch

    Contentious selections often make the news for all sorts of reasons; Vernon Philander in the 2015 World Cup semi-final to apparently meet a soft racial quota, James Pattinson's brother Darren's call-up to the England side for a mixture of patriotism and lack of merit to name a couple. But you would have to wade through the archives to come up with a non-selection as perplexing as Fawad Alam's from the Pakistan team. He played the last of his three Tests in November 2009 - the same series Umar Akmal made his debut.

    Over the last three seasons, he hasn't so much been knocking on the selectors' doors as barging in, helping himself to a cup of tea and putting his feet up on the comfy chair by the fireside. He ticks so many boxes for an international call-up you'd get bored if they were all listed. He's averaged nearly 60 over the past three domestic seasons, has the experience Pakistan so require in the wake of Misbah and Younis' retirements, and has come through the same domestic setup the PCB uses for bowlers with alacrity.

    In the opening QeA game as captain of SSG, he scored 23 and an unbeaten 43-ball 50 (his strike rate has been one of the reasons selectors have offered for overlooking him). He could be forgiven for feeling, however, that he should have been batting in UAE's capital rather than Pakistan's.

    http://www.espn.com/cricket/story/_/id/20862801/dodgy-dukes-departmental-domination-fawad-alam
     
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    Inadequate security measures at Quaid e Azam trophy anger cricketers

    KARACHI: Pakistan’s premier first-class tournament, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, is being played at different venues with several top players from the country in action for different teams.

    However, it seems, security at these matches is not among the priority which has left players angry with the board and local administration.

    Geo.tv has received videos from Jinnah Stadium Sialkot where Pakistan cricketers Umar Gul and Ahmad Shahzad were seen getting angry at fans.

    Upon investigation, one player informed that cricketers were harassed by the fans at the venue and there was no security.

    “Some fans were pushing us, some were pulling our shirts, one player was literally punched in the back by someone,” said a player on condition of anonymity.

    “Fans didn’t let us move towards our bus, we were literally squeezed,” the player added.

    Another video footage received by Geo.tv showed how players had to struggle to move towards their vehicle at the end of the match.

    The sources, meanwhile, told Geo.tv that PCB has also taken a note of the incident at Jinnah Stadium Sialkot and demanded a report from the regional association.

    “The security was the responsibility of local regional association and the PCB had inquired from them on the matter,” said a source.

    “The RCA of Sialkot informed the PCB that despite repeated requests, the local administration of the city didn’t provide security at the stadium,” the source added.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/160484-in...sures-at-quaid-e-azam-trophy-anger-cricketers
     
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    When will they learn,These departments may be investors but are not good long term.

    Solve the ball problem and use a Kookaburra ball.

    Put the teams into 10 regions,Then these regions can combine with A PSL franchise to help scout and find players from the region,This means more Talent,More competition and more interest and in return a TV deal may come,look at SSGC and look at Islamabad the difference between the 2 teams was massive,

    If anything this Draft has brought in the worst cricketers in the country in to play as they play grade 2,more teams means less competition and in return you won't be able to find any batters or bowlers because the standard is too low so performances can't be taken serious,As there are only a few former and present intl cricketers that challenge the opposition.

    Is a similar problem in England they have so many Teams therefore the standard of a batsman may be high in FC cricket but on the international stage they havnt faced that sought of bowling.But England Domestic cricket has very high standards,Good following and it is regional based
     
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    Quaid-e-Azam Trophy second round commences today

    ISLAMABAD: The second round of Pakistan’s premier first-class tournament, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, is set to begin from Tuesday (today) with winners from the first round to take on the losing teams. Pakistan WAPDA, who won their match by 120 runs against Lahore Blues, will take on Faisalabad as the latter lost to National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) by six wickets in the first round. NBP will face Lahore in the second round as the Blues search for a victory in the KRL Stadium in Rawalpindi. NBP will be looking to Raza Hasan, who retraced after a two-year ban, to play a key role in the match. In the other matches of Pool A, Suo Southern Gas Company (SSGC), who beat Islamabad by 360 runs in the first round at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, will face Peshawar, who lost their match against Sui Northern Gas Pipe Lines (SNGPL) in a low-scoring encounter by 154 runs.

    SNGPL, who boast the services of leg-spinner Shadab Khan and all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez, will take on Islamabad at Diamond Ground in Islamabad. Islamabad will be looking for inspiration from all-rounder Imad Wasim. In the Pool B matches, first round winners HBL, who beat FATA by 335 runs courtesy the likes of Ahmed Shehzad and Imamul Haq, will take on Rawalpindi at the latter’s home ground. Pindi were also the winners of their first round encounter where they downed KRL.

    FATA, who will be looking to benefit from the presence of right-handed opener Yasir Hameed and a good pace attack, are now pitted against Khan Research Laboratory (KRL) at Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot. Meanwhile, KRL will be hoping Shaheen Afridi produces another splendid bowling performance after bagging 11 wicket on his debut.

    The Lahore Whites team, who won their first match against PTV by 273 runs, will be hosting United Bank Limited (UBL) at LCCA Ground in Lahore. UBL also won their first round match against Karachi Whites at their home ground UBL Stadium in Karachi. UBL seem to be one of the strongest outfits in the recent tournament with Hammad Azam, Rumman Raees, Sohail Khan and Muhammad Nawaz in their line-up. In the last facture of Pool B, losing sides PTV and Karachi Whites will be facing each other at the NBP Stadium in Karachi. PTV, with the services of Tabish Khan, last year’s second top wicket-taker, will try to bag a win against Whites, who benefit from the services of batsman Faisal Iqbal and pacer Muhammad Sami.

    http://dailytimes.com.pk/sports/03-Oct-17/quaid-e-azam-trophy-second-round-commences-today
     
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    Akmal-less UBL face Lahore Whites in Quaid Trophy tie

    KARACHI: Slapped with a ban plus heavy fine for his infamous Mickey Arthur spat, troubled Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal will sit out United Bank Limited (UBL)’s next three fixtures in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship.

    Umar’s ban starts with Tuesday’s Group ‘B’ clash at the LCCA Ground in Lahore where UBL face a buoyant Lahore Whites side that whipped Pakistan Television (PTV) by 273 runs in the opening round last week.

    UBL currently top the Group ‘B’ standings with 10 points following their victory by innings over Karachi Whites on a UBL Sports Complex pitch where discarded Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Khan grabbed 11 wickets apart from scoring a feisty half-century.

    Rawalpindi, who were the only other regional team to begin the new first-class season in the right direction with a 105-run defeat of Khan Research Laboratories (KRL), entertain Habib Bank Limited (HBL), the 335-run winners against Fata, at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.

    Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) are hoping to build on their crushing 360-run success against Islamabad when they travel to Abbottabad to play Peshawar, who were trounced by Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) by 154 runs.

    SNGPL, meanwhile, are keen to emulate SSGC’s feat by extending Islamabad’s misery at the Diamond Club Ground in the federal capital.

    Defending champions Wapda are eyeing a second straight success when they take on Faisalabad at the latter’s home territory of Iqbal Stadium after starting their campaign with a 120-run victory versus Lahore Blues.

    After sealing a six-wicket win against Faisalabad in round one, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) will have the momentum on their side as they face Lahore Blues at the KRL Stadium in Rawalpindi.

    In the battle of the losers, Karachi Whites host PTV here at the NBP Sports Complex, while Fata meet KRL at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot.

    In the meantime, PCB’s decision to use the so-called ‘Duke’ balls seems to have backfired with teams and umpires perturbed by the substandard quality of them.

    According to sources, the balls are reportedly manufactured in the country but are stamped as ‘Made in England’. The quality of these balls is so poor that the first-round fixtures saw umpires changing them frequently.

    The sources further stated that ‘Duke’ balls are sold to teams at subsidized price of Rs7,500 each whereas the actual cost, judging the quality, is not more than Rs1,500 at the most. The ‘original’ Duke balls naturally cost much more which the PCB hierarchy is not willing to sanction.

    Second-round schedule (Oct 3-6):

    Group ‘A’: Faisalabad vs Wapda (Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad); Lahore Blues vs NBP (KRL Stadium, Rawalpindi); Islamabad vs SNGPL (Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad), Islamabad); Peshawar vs SSGC (Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad).

    Group ‘B’: Karachi Whites vs PTV (NBP Sports Complex, Karachi); Lahore Whites vs UBL (LCCA Ground, Lahore); Fata vs KRL (Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot); Rawalpindi vs HBL (Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi).

    Current standings

    (Tabulated under played, won, lost, drawn, points):

    Group ‘A’

    SSGC 1 1 0 0 9

    SNGPL 1 1 0 0 9

    Wapda 1 1 0 0 9

    NBP 1 1 0 0 9

    Faisalabad 1 0 1 0 0

    Lahore Blues 1 0 1 0 0

    Peshawar 1 0 1 0 0

    Islamabad 1 0 1 0 0

    Group ‘B’

    UBL 1 1 0 0 10

    HBL 1 1 0 0 9

    Lahore Whites 1 1 0 0 9

    Rawalpindi 1 1 0 0 9

    KRL 1 0 1 0 0

    PTV 1 0 1 0 0

    Fata 1 0 1 0 0

    Karachi Whites 1 0 1 0 0

    Published in Dawn, October 3rd, 2017

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    Junaid, Shinwari shine in HBL's innings victory

    KARACHI: A superb spell of fast bowling by Junaid Khan and Usman Shinwari helped HBL beat Rawalpindi by an innings and 65 runs on the second day of their second round Pool B fixture of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy at Pindi Stadium on Wednesday.

    HBL resumed their first innings on 170-3 and posted a total of 297-8 before declaring their innings as Imran Farhat scored 94 runs off 164 balls and Ramiz Aziz added 63.

    Rawalpindi, in their second innings, could muster just 130 runs as Shinwari took five wickets for 48 and Junaid claimed three scalps for 50 to win the game for HBL.

    In another match, Umar Sadique scored 115 runs off 188 balls to help UBL reach 239-3 against Lahore Whites. At the end of play, Saad Ali was batting on 74, with UBL still trailing by 50 runs.

    Meanwhile in the match between KRL and FATA, the former resumed their batting on 29-2 and were restricted to 238 as Hafeezur Rehman and Asif Afridi took three wickets apiece for 54 and 59 runs respectively.

    At the end of play, FATA were batting in their second innings on 52-1, enjoying a lead of 51 runs.

    At NBP stadium in Karachi, PTV resumed their first innings on 83-5 against Karachi Whites and were restricted to 195 as Adeel Malik took three wickets for 49 while Anwar Ali took two for 44.

    At the end of second day, Karachi (W) were batting in their second innings on 126-4, with a lead of 112 runs under their belt.

    In Pool A matches, Faisalabad resumed their first innings on 68-5 before Zulfiqar Babar ended their innings at 170 as he took seven wickets for just 41 runs.

    At the end of play, WAPDA were batting in their second innings on 140-5 with a lead of 112 runs.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1522930/junaid-shinwari-shine-hbls-innings-victory/
     
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    Lahore Blues capture maiden win courtesy Iqbal's heroics

    KARACHI: A 10-wicket haul by Bilawal Iqbal helped Lahore Blues register their first victory of Quaid-e-Azam as they defeated NBP by an innings and four runs in their second round fixture at KRL Stadium in Rawalpindi.

    Forced to follow-on, NBP resumed their second innings on 64-4 still trailing by 141 runs before they lost their entire line-up for 201 as Iqbal added six more wickets to his first innings tally of four wickets to win his side the game.

    In another match at Abbotabad Cricket Stadium, SSGC registered their second victory by defeating Peshawar by 337 runs.

    Chasing a mammoth total of 441 runs, Peshawar were restricted on 103 as Amir Yamin took four wickets and Muhammad Irfan Junior claimed two scalps.

    In the other two Pool A matches, SNGPL resumed their first innings on 265-8 and were able to add only eight runs before losing all their wickets against Islamabad.

    At the end of play, Islamabad were batting on 208-4 with a lead of 250 runs under their belt and the pairing of Faizan Riaz (62) and Sarmad Bhatti (43) on the crease.

    Elsewhere, in the match between Wapda and Faisalabad, the former resumed their second innings on 140-5 and were able to reach 339, setting a target of 312 runs for the latter.

    The highlight of the day was Kamran Akmal’s 139 off 229 balls.

    At the end of play, Faisalabad were batting on 83-5, needing 229 more runs to win.

    In Pool B matches, PTV registered their first victory by defeating Karachi Whites by five wickets.

    Elsewhere, FATA resumed their second innings on 52-1 before losing all their wickets with 166 runs on the board as KRL’s Yasir Ali took five wickets for 41 and Noman Ali took three for 16.

    At the end of play, KRL — in pursuit of their 166-run target — were 72-1, still needing 94 more to win.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1523700/lahore-blues-capture-maiden-win-courtesy-iqbals-heroics/
     
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    Rumman’s nine bowls UBL to second straight innings win

    KARACHI: Pakistan’s limited-overs seamer Rumman Raees Khan grabbed career-best figures of nine for 25 as United Bank Limited trounced Lahore Whites to celebrate their second innings win in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship on Friday.

    Lahore Whites, who began day four of the second-round Group ‘B’ fixture at the LCCA Ground in Lahore at 43-6, were shot out for 88 to hand UBL an innings and 122-run victory.

    Tailender Umaid Asif showed he has the potential to become a decent lower-order batsman. Following his 97 in the second innings against Pakistan Television last week, Umaid bludgeoned nine boundaries in a top-score of 43 in 51 minutes as Lahore Whites were all out in 25.3 overs when left-armer Rumman cleaned up the right-hander.

    UBL, in the process, regained their top spot with maximum 20 points, one ahead of Habib Bank Limited, who had whipped Rawalpindi by innings in less than two days of play on Wednesday.

    Discarded Pakistan duo of Mohammad Irfan and Zulfiqar Babar shared seven second-innings wickets between them as defending champions deflated Faisalabad by 189 runs to gain six points in the Group ‘A’ encounter at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.

    Resuming at 83-5, the regional side were sent packing for 122 with the giant left-arm speedster Irfan returning figures of 4-29 in 10 overs, while slow left-armer finished with match haul of 10-71 from 42.2 overs as he followed his rich bag of 7-41 in the first innings with 3-30 on Friday.

    Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) cruised to a six-wicket win against Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) in remaining Group ‘B’ tie at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot.

    Chasing 166, KRL needed just 94 with nine wickets standing at start of play on the last day. In the end, they lost another three wickets before completing the task on hand.

    Islamabad, widely expected, settled for three points after their Group ‘A’ game with Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) petered out in a draw at the Diamond Club Ground in the federal capital.

    But the game still had some late drama as SNGPL slumped to 50-4 after being set an impossible target of 339. But discarded Pakistan wicket-keeper/batsman Mohammad Rizwan batted his team to safety by hitting up an undefeated 109 out of a second-innings total of 180-0. The diminutive right-hander decorated his 156-ball effort with 15 fours and one six.

    Earlier building on their lead of 42 on the first innings, the hosts extended their second-innings tally of 208-4 before declaring at 296-9. Faizan Riaz stood out with another superlative contribution as the right-hander converted his overnight score of 62 into an unconquered 114 (off 197 balls, 10 boundaries).

    Faizan was also the major run-getter on Tuesday’s first day with 79.

    The third round of matches is set to commence from Monday after a gap of two days between fixtures.

    Scores and results on Friday (final day of four):
    Second round:

    Group ‘A’:

    At Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad: Wapda bt Faisalabad by 189 runs.

    WAPDA 142 in 58.3 overs (Mohammad Saad 32, Khushdil Shah 26; Atif Jabbar 3-23, Naseer Akram 3-48, Saeed Ajmal 2-20) and 339 in 101.2 overs (Kamran Akmal 139, Salman Butt 56, Khushdil Shah 32, Zulfiqar Babar 28; Ahmed Safi 4-87, Saeed Ajmal 2-45, Naseer Akram 2-72); FAISALABAD 170 in 71 overs (Ali Shan 51, Iftikhar Ahmed 25, Saeed Ajmal 21; Zulfiqar Babar 7-41) and 122 in 41.2 overs (Ali Shan 37; Mohammad Irfan 4-29, Zulfiqar Babar 3-30).

    At Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad: Match drawn.

    ISLAMABAD 315 in 89 overs (Faizan Riaz 79, Shahid Yousuf 55, Mohammad Naqqash 42 not out, Abid Ali 37, Ali Sarfraz 30; Mohammad Hafeez 4-62, Samiullah Khan Niazi 3-81, Shadab Khan 2-43) and 296-9 declared in 102.5 overs (Faizan Riaz 114 not out, Sarmad Bhatti 43, Ali Sarfraz 40, Abid Ali 30; Iftikhar Ahmed 2-19, Bilawal Bhatti 2-75); SNGPL 273 in 87.5 overs (Iftikhar Ahmed 103, Mohammad Hafeez 37; Ali Imran Pasha 4-85, Shehzad Azam Rana 2-46, Hamza Nadeem 2-83) and 180-6 in 58 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 109 not out; Hamza Nadeem 2-32, Ali Imran Pasha 2-49).

    Group ‘B’:

    At LCCA Ground, Lahore: UBL bt Lahore Whites by an innings and 122 runs.

    LAHORE WHITES 289 in 109.5 overs (Rizwan Hussain 67, Fahad-ul-Haq 60, Anas Mahmood 52, Ameer Hamza 45; Sohail Khan 4-50, Sameen Gul 3-63, Rumman Raees Khan 2-55) and 88 in 25.3 overs (Umaid Asif 43; Rumman Raees Khan 9-25); UBL 499 in 127.5 overs (Saad Ali 175, Umar Siddique 115, Mohammad Nawaz 59, Sohaib Maqsood 38, Umair Khan 25; Adnan Rasool 5-134, Waqas Ahmed 2-48).

    At Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot: KRL bt Fata by six wickets.

    FATA 237 in 70.4 overs (Asif Afridi 64, Sohail Akhtar 61, Asad Afridi 33, Mohammad Naeem 25; Yasir Ali 4-48, Ahmed Bashir 4-59, Shaheen Shah Afridi 2-55) and 166 in 74.4 overs (Mukhtar Ahmed 40, Samiullah 31, Asif Ali 30; Yasir Ali 5-41, Nauman Ali 3-16); KRL 238 in 85.1 overs (Jaahid Ali 80, Shoaib Ahmed Minhas 46, Saeed Anwar Jr 46, Junaid Ali 32; Hafeez-ur-Rehman 3-54, Asif Afridi 3-59, Sajjad Hussain 2-56) and 166-4 in 66.3 overs (Sardar Hasan Raza 46, Usman Arshad 32, Saeed Anwar Jr 28 not out; Asif Ali 2-42).

    Published in Dawn, October 7th, 2017
     
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    Winless quartet face crunch time in Quaid Trophy

    KARACHI: After two rounds of action in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship four regional outfits are still searching for favourable results while several other teams will feel absence of Pakistan players.

    Faisalabad and Peshawar are yet to taste success in Group ‘A’ as do Fata and Karachi Whites in Group ‘B’ before they take field in the their respective third-round fixtures from Monday.

    On the other hand, the team most hit by national call-ups is Habib Bank Limited (HBL) after the national selection committee, headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq, included Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Fahim Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Imam-ul-Haq before adding Usman Khan Shinwari to the 15-man Pakistan squad for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka in the UAE.

    The depleted HBL, who are just a point behind Group ‘B’ leaders United Bank Limited (UBL), could find their visit to the LCCA Ground when they come against Lahore Whites, who despite being blown away by inspirational pace bowling from Rumman Raees Khan (nine for 25), may spring a surprise or two.

    Karachi Whites need a drastic change to bounce back from defeats in their opening two games as they entertain Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) at the UBL Sports Complex.

    Fata are also in a position of despair after two straight losses when they take on the formidable UBL at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot.

    Faisalabad fell at the final hurdle after having taken first-innings lead against defending champions Wapda last Friday. In their two matches thus far, Saeed Ajmal’s men have shown signs of positivity but their failure to carry on the momentum still remains a major worry as they host SNGPL in round three.

    Peshawar, who like Karachi Whites are rooted at the bottom of the pool standings, meanwhile are hoping for a good showing against a National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) who are still smarting from the three-day innings defeat to Lahore Blues.

    Third-round schedule (Oct 9-12):

    Group ‘A’: Faisalabad vs SNGPL (Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad); Lahore Blues vs SSGC (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore); Islamabad vs Wapda (Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad); Peshawar vs NBP (Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad).

    Group ‘B’: Karachi Whites vs KRL (UBL Sports Complex, Karachi); Lahore Whites vs HBL (LCCA Ground, Lahore); Fata vs UBL (Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot); Rawalpindi vs PTV (Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi).
     
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    Islamabad Region vs Water and Power Development Authority Pool A Diamond Cricket Ground, Islamabad

    Peshawar Region vs National Bank of Pakistan Pool A Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad

    Lahore Region Blues vs Sui Southern Gas Corporation Pool A Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

    Faisalabad Region vs Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited Pool A Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad

    Karachi Region Whites vs Khan Research Laboratories Pool B United Bank Limited Sports Complex, Karachi

    Rawalpindi Region vs Pakistan Television Pool B Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

    FATA Region vs United Bank Limited Pool B Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot

    Lahore Region Whites vs Habib Bank Limited Pool B Lahore City Cricket Association Ground, Lahore
     
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    Asif ends hiatus in style as 24 wickets fall

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan seamer Mohammad Asif marked his return to first-class action after a 10-month hiatus in spectacular fashion on Monday while as many as 24 wickets fell on day one of the third-round Quaid-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship in Islamabad.

    Asif, who turns 35 in two months, dominated the first session of play at the Diamond Club Ground where hosts Islamabad were sent packing for 81 after opting to bat first against Wapda.

    The wily right-armer, playing his first longer version match since last December’s championship final in Karachi, bagged five wickets for 28 runs while discarded Test spinner Zulfiqar Babar took 3-15.

    But pacemen Shehzad Azam Rana (5-40) and Hamza Nadeem (4-35) led Islamabad’s fightback as the defending champions managed only 116 in their first innings while securing a modest 25-run advantage.

    However, Wapda then regained initiative by reducing Islamabad to 52-4 in the second innings by stumps with Asif adding two to is day’s haul.

    Habib Bank Limited (HBL) sorely missed their Pakistan stars when they were restricted to 194 after the visitors’ stand-in skipper Umar Gul chose to bat first against Lahore Whites at the LCCA Ground.

    Fielding a lineup missing regular captain Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Fahim Ashraf and Junaid Khan, HBL struggled for survival against the spin of left-armer Mohammad Irfan (4-49) and the pace of right-armer Umaid Asif (3-46).

    Left-arm paceman Usman Khan Shinwari celebrated his induction in the Pakistan ODI squad in place of the injured Mohammad Amir by getting rid of both openers, Anas Mahmood and Rizwan Hussain, as the regional team ended the day at 19-2.

    Pakistan’s most successful Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq returned to competitive cricket since retiring from the international arena earlier this year by making 21 as Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNPL) reached 233-9 against Faisalabad after his former team-mate Saeed Ajmal had opted to bowl at the Iqbal Stadium.

    Saad Nasim led from the front to score 123 (off 138 balls, 14 fours and one six) as Lahore Blues collected a commendable 291 after Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) won the toss at the Gaddafi Stadium.

    Pace-bowling all-rounder Aamir Yamin claimed six wickets for 44 runs.

    National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) had advanced to 70-1 after paceman Altaf Ahmed captured six wickets for 60 runs as Peshawar, put into bat, posted 264 all out in their first innings at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium.

    Karachi Whites were in tatters at 6-2 after their decision to bowl first saw Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) make 244 at the UBL Sports Complex.

    United Bank Limited (UBL) piled up 294-7 after Fata inserted them into bat at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot.

    Close of play scores on Monday (day one of four):
    Third round:

    Group ‘A’:

    At Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad: SNGPL 233-9 in 90.4 overs (Ali Waqas 58, Bilawal Bhatti 39 not out, Mohammad Rizwan 38, Misbah-ul-Haq 21; Ahmed Safi 4-60, Asad Raza 3-50, Ibtisam Sheikh 2-39) vs FAISALABAD.

    At Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore: LAHORE BLUES 291 in 88 overs (Saad Nasim 123, Irfan Haider 50, Salman Ali Agha 30, Zain-ul-Hasnain 29; Aamir Yamin 6-44, Zia-ul-Haq 2-55); vs SSGC.

    At Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad: ISLAMABAD 81 in 32.1 overs (Fahad Iqbal 27, Sarmad Bhatti 25; Mohammad Asif 5-28, Zulfiqar Babar 3-15, Mohammad Ali Bhutta 2-27) and 52-4 in 17.3 overs (Mohammad Asif 2-15); WAPDA 116 in 27 overs (Aamir Sajjad 43; Shehzad Azam Rana 5-40, Hamza Nadeem 4-35).

    At Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad: PESHAWAR 264 in 63.2 overs (Jamaluddin 47, M. Imran Khan 32, Ubaidullah 29, Ashfaq Ahmed 28, Nasir Awais 26, Gohar Ali 25; Altaf Ahmed 6-57, Mohammad Ismail 2-68); NBP 70-1 in 16 overs (Rameez Raja 43 not out, Ali Asad 26 not out).

    Group ‘B’:

    At UBL Sports Complex, Karachi: KRL 244 in 80.2 overs (Saeed Anwar Jr 74, Jaahid Ali 36, Shoaib Ahmed Minhas 28; Hassaan Khan 3-41, Abdullah Muqaddam 3-58, Raza-ul-Hasan 3-61); KARACHI WHITES 6-2 in 7 overs (Ali Shafiq 2-2).

    At LCCA Ground, Lahore: HBL 194 in 67.3 overs (Azeem Ghumman 37, Abdur Rehman 35, Ramiz Aziz 28; Mohammad Irfan 4-49, Umaid Asif 3-46, Mohammad Aftab 2-41); LAHORE WHITES 19-2 in 11 overs (Usman Khan Shinwari 2-7).

    At Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot: UBL 294-7 in 89 overs (Saad Ali 67, Gulraiz Sadaf 47 not out, Akbar-ur-Rehman 42, Hammad Azam 42, Mohammad Nawaz 39, Umar Siddique 34; Hafeez-ur-Rehman 5-68) vs FATA.

    At Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi: RAWALPINDI 251 in 68.2 overs (Ataullah 53 not out, Sarmad Hameed 52, Naved Malik 46, Umair Masood 45; Tabish Khan 4-59, Hasan Mohsin 3-49, Saud Shakeel 2-7) vs PTV 42-1 in 9.2 overs.

    Published in Dawn, October 10th, 2017
     
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    Asif takes 11 as Wapda whip Islamabad

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif capped a grand return to action by grabbing a 11-wicket haul as holders Wapda defeated Islamabad inside two days in their third-round Quaid-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship fixture on Tuesday.

    After a dramatic opening day on Monday during which 24 wickets went down, Wapda completed a swift demolition job at the Diamond Club Ground as they surged to top of Group ‘A’ with 24 points with this six-wicket success.

    Having bagged 5-28 the other day, Asif picked up six for 53, giving the 34-year-old match figures of 11-81 as Islamabad mustered 177 all out in their second innings.

    Needing 143, Wapda rode on skipper Salman Butt’s 63 to secure their third straight victory in the championship.

    Almost-forgotten Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam sent yet another emphatic reminder to the national selectors as the doughty left-hander stroked his way to a 26th first-class century just two days after celebrating his 32nd birthday as Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) earned a lead of 64 by reaching 355-6 in reply to Lahore Blues’ 291 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

    Fawad hit 11 fours and one six in making 105 from 157 balls as he and all-rounder Aamir Yamin (72) added 115 for the fifth wicket after SSGC were in trouble at 178-4.

    Slow left-armer Imran Khalid took 4-56 to restrict Faisalabad to 173, giving Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) a 68-run lead at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad. By stumps, SNGPL advanced to 25-0 in the second innings to hold an overall lead of 93.

    Despite skipper Rameez Raja hitting up 150 (off 167 balls, 21 fours and four sixes), National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) managed out 254 all out in their response to Peshawar’s 264 at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium in Abbottabad.

    Rameez and Ali Asad, who made 63, shared a second-wicket partnership of 176.

    Peshawar then out up a solid display to collect 197-3 in their second innings.

    The Group ‘B’ fixture here at the UBL Sports Complex is heading for an early finish after the struggling Karachi Whites limped to 16-2 in their chase for 241 against Khan Research Laboratories (KRL).

    On a sweltering day in Karachi with the mercury touching an unbearable 41-degree centigrade, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.

    Replying to KRL’s first-innings 244, Karachi Whites lost eight wickets for 95 after resuming at 6-2 with paceman Ali Shafiq claiming 5-31.

    Gangling paceman Abdullah Muqaddam then bagged 5-34 as KRL were shot out for 97 in the second innings.

    Bowlers also had a field day at the LCCA Ground in Lahore as 19 wickets fell in the game between Lahore Whites and Habib Bank Limited (HBL).

    The regional side was dismissed for 71 in reply to HBL’s 194 but hit back quickly to bowl out the departmental outfit for just 98 with paceman Umaid Asif bagging 6-28 and spinner Mohammad Irfan 4-18.

    Lahore Whites, requiring 222 for victory, closed the day at 72-1.

    United Bank Limited (UBL) were on brink of a third consecutive innings’ success as Fata stuttered to 51-3 after being forced to follow on at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot.

    After UBL had been all out for 61, Fata responded by totaling only 143 with ex-Pakistan Under-19 fast bowler Sameen Gul picking up 5-47.

    Pakistan Television (PTV) matched Rawalpindi by levelling the latter’s score of 251 with one wicket standing at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.

    Close of play scores and result on Tuesday (day two of four):
    Third round:

    Group ‘A’:

    At Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad: SNGPL 241 in 92.4 overs (Ali Waqas 58, Bilawal Bhatti 45 not out, Mohammad Rizwan 38, Misbah-ul-Haq 21; Ahmed Safi 4-66, Asad Raza 3-52, Ibtisam Sheikh 2-39) and 25-0 in 7 overs; FAISALABAD 173 in 76.5 overs (Asif Ali 48, Hasan Mahmood 27; Imran Khalid 4-66, Bilawal Bhatti 3-31).

    At Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore: LAHORE BLUES 291 in 88 overs (Saad Nasim 123, Irfan Haider 50, Salman Ali Agha 30, Zain-ul-Hasnain 29; Aamir Yamin 6-44, Zia-ul-Haq 2-55); SSGC 355-6 in 88 overs (Fawad Alam 105 not out, Aamir Yamin 72, Zain Abbas 46, Awais Zia 38; Bilawal Iqbal 3-60, Salman Ali Agha 2-71).

    At Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad: Wapda beat Islamabad by six wickets.

    ISLAMABAD 81 in 32.1 overs (Fahad Iqbal 27, Sarmad Bhatti 25; Mohammad Asif 5-28, Zulfiqar Babar 3-15, Mohammad Ali Bhutta 2-27) and 177 in 56 overs (Mohammad Asif 6-53, Hasnain Bukhari 2-49, Mohammad Ali Bhutta 2-61); WAPDA 116 in 27 overs (Aamir Sajjad 43; Shehzad Azam Rana 5-40, Hamza Nadeem 4-35) and 143-4 in 39 overs (Salman Butt 62, Aamir Sajjad 33 not out).

    At Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad: PESHAWAR 264 in 63.2 overs (Jamaluddin 47, M. Imran Khan 32, Ubaidullah 29, Ashfaq Ahmed 28, Nasir Awais 26, Gohar Ali 25; Altaf Ahmed 6-57, Mohammad Ismail 2-68) and 187-3 in 37 overs (Sahibzada Farhan 51, Ubaidullah 39 not out, Ashfaq Ahmed 37, Mehran Ibrahim 25 not out, Israrullah 25; Raza Hasan 2-55); NBP 254 in 66.2 overs (Rameez Raja 150, Ali Asad 63; M. Imran Khan 4-76, Israrullah 3-18, Nasir Awais 2-48).

    Group ‘B’:

    At UBL Sports Complex, Karachi: KRL 244 in 80.2 overs (Saeed Anwar Jr 74, Jaahid Ali 36, Shoaib Ahmed Minhas 28; Hassaan Khan 3-41, Abdullah Muqaddam 3-58, Raza-ul-Hasan 3-61) and 97 in 32 overs (Usman Arshad 23; Abdullah Muqaddam 5-34, Faraz Ali 3-37, Mohammad Sami 2-14); KARACHI WHITES 101 in 44.3 overs (Faraz Ali 4; Ali Shafiq 5-31, Sadaf Hussain 3-38) and 16-2 in 8 overs.

    At LCCA Ground, Lahore: HBL 194 in 67.3 overs (Azeem Ghumman 37, Abdur Rehman 35, Ramiz Aziz 28; Mohammad Irfan 4-49, Umaid Asif 3-46, Mohammad Aftab 2-41) and 98 in 28.1 overs (Fazal Subhan 45; Umaid Asif 6-28, Mohammad Irfan 4-18); LAHORE WHITES 71 in 34.5 overs (Israr-ul-Haq 2-3, Usman Khan Shinwari 2-7, Abdur Rehman 2-13, Ammad Butt 2-15) and 72-1 in 16 overs (Rizwan Hussain 33 not out).

    At Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot: UBL 361 in 110.3 overs (Gulraiz Sadaf 69, Saad Ali 67, Akbar-ur-Rehman 42, Hammad Azam 42, Mohammad Nawaz 39, Umar Siddique 34, Sohail Khan 32; Hafeez-ur-Rehman 5-76, Asif Afridi 3-84); FATA 143 in 43 overs (Asif Ali 41 not out; Sameen Gul 5-47, Sohail Khan 3-33) and 51-3 in 13 overs (Sameen Gul 2-18).

    At Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi: RAWALPINDI 251 in 68.2 overs (Ataullah 53 not out, Sarmad Hameed 52, Naved Malik 46, Umair Masood 45; Tabish Khan 4-59, Hasan Mohsin 3-49, Saud Shakeel 2-7) vs PTV 251-9 in 89 overs (Taimur Khan 69, Adnan Mahmood 55, Faisal Khan 48; Ataullah 6-90, Abid Hasan 2-25).

    Published in Dawn, October 11th, 2017
     
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    Fawad Alam knocks selectors' doors with yet another century in QeA Trophy

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    KARACHI: Fawad Alam, one of Pakistan’s most deliberately ignored cricketers, has once again reminded the national selection committee of his existence with a century in the country’s premier first class tournament, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

    On Tuesday, Fawad scored a splendid 105 off 157 deliveries at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, where he was representing his department SSGC against Lahore Blues.

    The same day, Pakistan’s batting collapsed in Dubai against Sri Lanka and the country lost its first home series in ten years.

    Many hoped that Fawad Alam would be an automatic choice after retirement of Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan, but it didn’t happen. Selectors ignored the mountain of runs piled by Alam and picked Haris Sohail instead, who hadn’t played first class cricket for three years along with Usman Salahuddin.

    There’s no doubt over Haris Sohail’s talent, not at all. Haris proved his selection correct as well. But, if a Test player had to be picked without playing first class cricket in the season, then what’s the need to make players work hard in already distorted domestic cricket set up?

    For chief selector Inzamam ul Haq, it seems, Fawad Alam isn’t a good batsman and that’s why Usman Salahuddin, Haris Sohail and his nephew Imam ul Haq were preferred.

    One wonders, if someone who is scoring runs with an average of over 56 in first class cricket isn’t good enough, then who else is? May be Inzamam can answer this.

    But to note some records, it is worth mentioning that Fawad Alam’s batting average 56.38 in 220 first class innings is third best among all the batsmen who have made their first class debuts in 2000s. Two players with better average than Fawad are India’s Pujara and Australia’s Smith.

    In last three seasons, Alam scored 2070 runs at the average of 59.14.

    Any player, with such amount of runs to his credit and yet not getting chances would surely have lost all hopes and hung his boots. But, Fawad is defiant, and says he will continue to fight for his place.

    “Yeah, it is disappointing, but what can I do?” Fawad said in an exclusive chat with Geo.tv on Tuesday.

    “My job is to score runs, I will continue doing that and will keep knocking selectors’ doors,” added the batsman who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Sunday.

    Fawad is disappointed, but not demoralised. He is still hopeful for a chance. One can only hope that his performance in domestic cricket gets selectors’ attention soon.

    Otherwise, the curious case of Fawad Alam’s omission will leave a huge question mark on Pakistan cricket’s selection policy.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/162100-fawad-knocks-selectors-doors-with-yet-another-century-in-qea-trophy
     
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    Ruthless UBL canter to third innings win

    KARACHI: United Bank Limited (UBL) continued their ruthless demolition of regional outfits in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship when they annihilated Fata by innings and 130 run in Sialkot on Wednesday.

    After having crushed Karachi Whites and Rawalpindi by similar margins in their opening two fixtures, Fata met the same fate at the Jinnah Stadium as UBL needed just 12.1 overs to claim the remaining seven second-innings wickets for 37 runs.

    Resuming At 51-3, Fata virtually had no answer to the fiery Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Khan who captured five wickets for 12 runs in 9.1 overs to send them reeling for 88 all out.

    UBL comfortably top Group ‘B’ with maximum available 30 points with Habib Bank Limited (HBL) clinging onto their second place (28 points) after sealing a close 29-run victory over Lahore Whites at the LCCA Ground in Lahore.

    Former Pakistan slow left-armer Abdur Rehman snared four wickets for 49 runs and rookie leg-spinner Israr-ul-Haq took 3-43 to help HBL dismiss Lahore Whites for 192 after the hosts began day three at 72-1 in pursuit of a 222-run chase.

    Opener Rizwan Hussain, however, stood out for Lahore Whites with a defiant knock of 63.

    Karachi Whites capitulated to their third successive defeat when Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) bowled them out for a measly 110 here at the UBL Sports Complex.

    Barring ex-Pakistan right-hander Faisal Iqbal, who struck a fighting 66 of 117 balls with eight boundaries, the rest yet again flopped as the pace duo of Sadaf Hussain (3-36) and Ali Shafiq (3-49) shared six wickets between them.

    Pakistan Television (PTV) faced tough resistance from hosts Rawalpindi — who rode on half-centuries from Karachi-based pair of Babar Hussain Agha (65 not out) and Behram Khan (52) to reach 265-8 in the second innings — at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

    Earlier, PTV secured a slim six-run lead when they were all out for 257 after resuming their overnight first innings at 251-9. Paceman Ataullah claimed 7-92 in 29.1 overs

    In the Group ‘A’ action, retired Pakistan stalwart Misbah-ul-Haq was out for a first-ball to his former team-mate Saeed Ajmal as Sui Northern Gas Pipelines batted all day to extend their Tuesday’s score of 25-0 to 272-8 against Faisalabad at the Iqbal Stadium.

    But despite the skipper failing, Taimur Sultan stole the limelight by scoring 102 off 196 balls with 14 fours while sharing a first-wicket stand of 161 with Imran Butt (71).

    Lahore Blues were 143-4 after Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) earned a handy first-innings lead of 114 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

    National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), meanwhile, endured another tough day when they struggled to 171-6 after Peshawar set them a challenging target of 345 at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium.

    Currently in a rebuilding phase, NBP are greatly missing several outstanding stars of recent seasons after the exodus of Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Hammad Azam, Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Asghar, Ahmed Jamal, Usman Qadir and now Usman Salahuddin, who resigned barely a week before start of the ongoing first-class season, to other departments and regions.

    Earlier, Peshawar posted 334 in their second innings after starting the day at 187-3. Slow left-armer Raza Hasan picked up six wickets for 101 runs in 21 overs.

    Close of play scores and results on Wednesday (day three of four):

    Third round:

    Group ‘A’:

    At Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad: SNGPL 241 in 92.4 overs (Ali Waqas 58, Bilawal Bhatti 45 not out, Mohammad Rizwan 38, Misbah-ul-Haq 21; Ahmed Safi 4-66, Asad Raza 3-52, Ibtisam Sheikh 2-39) and 272-8 in 74.3 overs (Taimur Sultan 102, Imran Butt 71, Iftikhar Ahmed 34; Ahmed Safi 4-68, Saeed Ajmal 3-43); FAISALABAD 173 in 76.5 overs (Asif Ali 48, Hasan Mahmood 27; Imran Khalid 4-66, Bilawal Bhatti 3-31).

    At Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore: LAHORE BLUES 291 in 88 overs (Saad Nasim 123, Irfan Haider 50, Salman Ali Agha 30, Zain-ul-Hasnain 29; Aamir Yamin 6-44, Zia-ul-Haq 2-55) and 143-4 in 57 overs (Raza Ali Dar 60 not out, Waqas Saleem 52; Azhar Attari 3-40); SSGC 405 in 97.1 overs (Fawad Alam 105, Aamir Yamin 72, Zain Abbas 46, Awais Zia 38, Mohammad Irfan 25; Bilawal Iqbal 4-78, Shahid Nawaz 3-72, Salman Ali Agha 2-71).

    At Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad: PESHAWAR 264 in 63.2 overs (Jamaluddin 47, M. Imran Khan 32, Ubaidullah 29, Ashfaq Ahmed 28, Nasir Awais 26, Gohar Ali 25; Altaf Ahmed 6-57, Mohammad Ismail 2-68) and 334 in 66.3 overs (Ubaidullah 66, Sahibzada Farhan 51, Ashfaq Ahmed 37, Jamaluddin 36, Mehran Ibrahim 35, Gohar Ali 34, Israrullah 25; Raza Hasan 6-101, Altaf Ahmed 2-60); NBP 254 in 66.2 overs (Rameez Raja 150, Ali Asad 63; M. Imran Khan 4-76, Israrullah 3-18, Nasir Awais 2-48) and 171-6 in 55 overs (Ali Asad 44, Rameez Raja 28, Kamran Ghulam 25 not out; Nasir Awais 3-47, Taj Wali 2-28).

    Group ‘B’:

    At UBL Sports Complex, Karachi: KRL beat Karachi Whites by 130 runs.

    KRL 244 in 80.2 overs (Saeed Anwar Jr 74, Jaahid Ali 36, Shoaib Ahmed Minhas 28; Hassaan Khan 3-41, Abdullah Mukaddam 3-58, Raza-ul-Hasan 3-61) and 97 in 32 overs (Usman Arshad 23; Abdullah Mukaddam 5-34, Faraz Ali 3-37, Mohammad Sami 2-14); KARACHI WHITES 101 in 44.3 overs (Faraz Ali 4; Ali Shafiq 5-31, Sadaf Hussain 3-38) and 110 in 47.5 overs (Faisal Iqbal 66; Sadaf Hussain 3-36, Ali Shafiq 3-49, Nauman Ali 2-0, Yasir Ali 2-20).

    At LCCA Ground, Lahore: HBL beat Lahore Whites by 29 runs.

    HBL 194 in 67.3 overs (Azeem Ghumman 37, Abdur Rehman 35, Ramiz Aziz 28; Mohammad Irfan 4-49, Umaid Asif 3-46, Mohammad Aftab 2-41) and 98 in 28.1 overs (Fazal Subhan 45; Umaid Asif 6-28, Mohammad Irfan 4-18); LAHORE WHITES 71 in 34.5 overs (Israr-ul-Haq 2-3, Usman Khan Shinwari 2-7, Abdur Rehman 2-13, Ammad Butt 2-15) and 192 in 53.4 overs (Rizwan Hussain 63, Mohammad Irfan 26; Abdur Rehman 4-49, Israr-ul-Haq 3-43).

    At Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot: UBL beat Fata by an innings and 130 runs.

    UBL 361 in 110.3 overs (Gulraiz Sadaf 69, Saad Ali 67, Akbar-ur-Rehman 42, Hammad Azam 42, Mohammad Nawaz 39, Umar Siddique 34, Sohail Khan 32; Hafeez-ur-Rehman 5-76, Asif Afridi 3-84); FATA 143 in 43 overs (Asif Ali 41 not out; Sameen Gul 5-47, Sohail Khan 3-33) and 88 in 25.1 overs (Sohail Khan 5-12, Sameen Gul 2-18, Ehsan Adil 2-39).

    At Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi: RAWALPINDI 251 in 68.2 overs (Ataullah 53 not out, Sarmad Hameed 52, Naved Malik 46, Umair Masood 45; Tabish Khan 4-59, Hasan Mohsin 3-49, Saud Shakeel 2-7) and 265-8 in 80 overs (Babar Hussain Agha 65 not out, Behram Khan 52, Umar Waheed 48, Sarmad Hameed 28, Naved Malik 26; Rizwan Akbar 3-54, Saud Shakeel 2-12, Mohammad Irfan 2-36); PTV 257 in 91.1 overs (Taimur Khan 73 not out, Adnan Mahmood 55, Faisal Khan 48; Ataullah 7-92, Abid Hasan 2-25).

    Published in Dawn, October 12th, 2017
     
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    Ajmal gets Misbah, Fawad does what Fawad does

    Misbah's miserable comeback

    It cannot be stressed enough that the competition between the departments and the regions is something of a mismatch. To exacerbate that divide, along came Misbah-ul-Haq, slotting into Sui Northern Gas Pipelines' (SNGPL) middle order for his maiden first-class game since his international retirement. It was a development their opponents Faisalabad - who had lost both their games this season - could have done without.

    While thoroughly outplayed in all departments, Faisalabad did manage to keep the former Pakistan captain quiet, allowing him just 21 runs in the first innings. However, the real highlight came in the second, when Faisalabad captain and Misbah's long-time international teammate Saeed Ajmal dismissed him first ball, catching him off his own bowling. It might not have been enough to prevent another hammering for Faisalabad, but at this rate, they would do well to be content with small mercies.

    Asif stirs old memories

    Remember Mohammad Asif? A fast bowler who emerged in the mid-2000s, enjoying a remarkable - if tainted by scandal - career before hitting rock bottom in 2010, being banned for spot-fixing. Now 34, he's still plodding along in domestic cricket. He returned to competitive cricket last year after serving his five-year ban and created waves with performances that rolled back the years. He was on fire again for Water And Power Development Authority (WAPDA), picking up two five-fors in his first match of the season, crushing Islamabad within two days. He picked up 5 for 28 in the first innings followed by 6 for 53 next day, securing WAPDA's third straight win of the season.

    Complaints about the LCCA ground

    Questions have been raised over the Lahore City Cricket Association ground's fitness to host first-class cricket. There are over seven training sessions run here by various clubs, with over 400 players practicing in the surrounding areas even as first-class matches are being played. The ground, considered one of the city's premier grounds, has been maintained by PCB's own groundstaff, but club cricketers playing in the vicinity have been the cause of distraction. Some of the nets areas are just 10 feet away from the boundary of the playing area, with batsmen often seen complaining about cricketers running in front of the sight screen, disturbing the game. The PCB's concerned department has been informed, and requested not to allow club cricket being played during matches to maintain the professionalism of first-class cricket.

    Fawad watch

    Well, Fawad Alam certainly has great timing - and in more ways than one. In a week when Pakistan floundered against Sri Lanka, Fawad reminded everyone of the apparent absurdity of his non-selection, scoring a 105 to help Sui Southern Gas Corporation (SSGC) to their third consecutive win, an eight-wicket rompagainst Lahore Blues.

    The problem for him is Pakistan probably won't play another Test for at least seven months. But as he picks up from where he's left off for the past three years, who would bet against him continuing this run till then? More pertinently, who would bet against him still being overlooked anyway?

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/20999971/ajmal-gets-misbah-fawad-does-fawad-does
     
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    SSGC, SNGPL, Peshawar win; Rawalpindi shock PTV

    KARACHI: Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) displaced holders Wapda at the top of Group ‘A’ standings in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship after securing an eight-wicket win against Lahore Blues in Lahore on Thursday.

    On the fourth and final day of the third-round encounter at the Gaddafi Stadium, SSGC claimed the remaining six wickets to bowl out Lahore Blues for 230 in the second innings with left-arm seamer Zia-ul-Haq taking three of the scalps to finish with figures of 4-55 in 15.3 overs.

    The rest of the wickets were equally shared by paceman Azhar Attari (3-51) and Aamir Yamin (3-57). All-rounder Aamir had an excellent outing as he made 72 and took nine wickets in the match, including 6-44 in the first innings.

    Requiring only 117, SSGC clinched their third success on the trot to top the pool standings with 24 points.

    Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) chalked up their second victory to stay third in Group ‘A’ — six points behind second-placed Wapda (24) — as they defeated Faisalabad by 173 runs at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.

    After closing their second innings at the overnight tally of 272-8, SNGPL needed 64.5 overs to dismiss the regional side for 167. Asif Ali slammed 61 off 82 balls with five boundaries and three sixes.

    Iftikhar Ahmed, better known for batting, starred with the ball by capturing six wickets for 39 runs in 13.5 overs.

    In the other Group ‘A’ fixture, Peshawar cruised to their first success in the championship when they sealed a 96-run victory against National of Pakistan (NBP) at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium in Abbottabad.

    NBP, still an inexperienced side, were 171-6 at draw of stumps on Wednesday, but ended up totalling 248 all out. Young all-rounder Kamran Ghulam struck a defiant 72 after starting the day on 25. His gallant 98-ball effort included 10 fours and one six before he became a victim of occasional slow left-armer Israrullah who claimed four wickets.

    Israrullah returned analysis of 4-27 in 15 overs while off-spinner Nasir Awais snared 4-69 from 26.3 overs.

    Meanwhile, lanky fast bowler Ataullah starred with a rich haul of 12 wickets as Rawalpindi stunned Pakistan Television (PTV) by a handsome margin of 156 runs to bag six valuable points in their Group ‘B’ match at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.

    After adding just seven more runs to their third evening’s score of 265-8, Rawalpindi were all out for 272 with paceman Rizwan Akbar finishing with 5-56 in 21.1 overs.

    PTV then messed a chase of 267 when they were bundled out for 110 in 38.3 overs. Mohammad Irfan, batting at No. 8, emerged as the top scorer with a 49-ball unbeaten innings of 39 (seven boundaries).

    Ataullah backed his 7-92 in the first innings by grabbing five for 29 in 12 overs to end up with superlative match figures of 12-121.

    In matches finishing early, Wapda beat Islamabad by six wickets in a two-day finish on Tuesday; United Bank Limited decimated Fata by innings and 130 runs, Habib Bank Limited clinched a 29-run victory against Lahore Whites while Karachi Whites suffered a third straight loss when Khan Research Laboratories nailed them by 130 runs.

    The fourth-round matches are scheduled to start on Sunday.

    Scores and results on Thursday (final day of four):

    Third round:

    Group ‘A’:

    At Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad: SNGPL beat Faisalabad by 173 runs.

    SNGPL 241 in 92.4 overs (Ali Waqas 58, Bilawal Bhatti 45 not out, Mohammad Rizwan 38, Misbah-ul-Haq 21; Ahmed Safi 4-66, Asad Raza 3-52, Ibtisam Sheikh 2-39) and 272-8 declared in 74.3 overs (Taimur Sultan 102, Imran Butt 71, Iftikhar Ahmed 34; Ahmed Safi 4-68, Saeed Ajmal 3-43); FAISALABAD 173 in 76.5 overs (Asif Ali 48, Hasan Mahmood 27; Imran Khalid 4-66, Bilawal Bhatti 3-31) and 167 in 64.5 overs (Asif Ali 61, Hasan Mahmood 28, Ibtisam Sheikh 28; Iftikhar Ahmed 6-39, Bilawal Bhatti 2-30).

    At Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore: SSGC bt Lahore Blues by eight wickets.

    LAHORE BLUES 291 in 88 overs (Saad Nasim 123, Irfan Haider 50, Salman Ali Agha 30, Zain-ul-Hasnain 29; Aamir Yamin 6-44, Zia-ul-Haq 2-55) and 230 in 89.3 overs (Raza Ali Dar 71, Waqas Saleem 52, Farhan Khan 36 not out; Zia-ul-Haq 4-55, Azhar Attari 3-51, Aamir Yamin 3-57); SSGC 405 in 97.1 overs (Fawad Alam 105, Aamir Yamin 72, Zain Abbas 46, Awais Zia 38, Mohammad Irfan 25; Bilawal Iqbal 4-78, Shahid Nawaz 3-72, Salman Ali Agha 2-71) and 117-2 in 25.1 overs (Zain Abbas 45, Adil Amin 26 not out).

    At Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad: Peshawar bt NBP by 96 runs.

    PESHAWAR 264 in 63.2 overs (Jamaluddin 47, M. Imran Khan 32, Ubaidullah 29, Ashfaq Ahmed 28, Nasir Awais 26, Gohar Ali 25; Altaf Ahmed 6-57, Mohammad Ismail 2-68) and 334 in 66.3 overs (Ubaidullah 66, Sahibzada Farhan 51, Ashfaq Ahmed 37, Jamaluddin 36, Mehran Ibrahim 35, Gohar Ali 34, Israrullah 25; Raza Hasan 6-101, Altaf Ahmed 2-60); NBP 254 in 66.2 overs (Rameez Raja 150, Ali Asad 63; M. Imran Khan 4-76, Israrullah 3-18, Nasir Awais 2-48) and 248 in 78.3 overs (Kamran Ghulam 72, Ali Asad 44, Faizan Khan 31, Rameez Raja 28; Israrullah 4-27, Nasir Awais 4-69, Taj Wali 2-39).

    Group ‘B’:

    At Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi: Rawalpindi bt PTV by 156 runs.

    RAWALPINDI 251 in 68.2 overs (Ataullah 53 not out, Sarmad Hameed 52, Naved Malik 46, Umair Masood 45; Tabish Khan 4-59, Hasan Mohsin 3-49, Saud Shakeel 2-7) and 272 in 80 overs (Babar Hussain Agha 66, Behram Khan 52, Umar Waheed 48, Sarmad Hameed 28, Naved Malik 26; Rizwan Akbar 5-56, Saud Shakeel 2-12, Mohammad Irfan 2-36); PTV 257 in 91.1 overs (Taimur Khan 73 not out, Adnan Mahmood 55, Faisal Khan 48; Ataullah 7-92, Abid Hasan 2-25) and 110 in 38.3 overs (Mohammad Irfan 39 not out; Ataullah 5-29, Abid Hasan 2-13, Nazar Hussain 2-46).

    Published in Dawn, October 13th, 2017
     
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    Rawalpindi brace for tough UBL test in fourth round

    KARACHI: Rawalpindi face a daunting challenge to prevent the runaway Group ‘B’ leaders United Bank Limited (UBL) from recording a fourth innings victory when they host them in the fourth-round fixture at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

    But judging by the way most of the regions have fared in the championship when pitted against departments, Rawalpindi are the solitary regional outfit to emerge with two praiseworthy wins, against Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) and Pakistan Television (PTV).

    However, UBL have been extremely remorseless as Karachi Whites, Lahore Whites and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) all found thus far and it would take a brave man to predict that Rawalpindi have enough resources to stop the bankers in their endeavour to clinch another clinical result.

    The depleted Habib Bank Limited (HBL) breathed a huge sigh of relief during their previous game against Lahore Whites. But that 29-run win gives Karachi Whites — HBL’s latest opponents at the NBP Sports Complex — an open opportunity to resurrect their wretched campaign which have resulted in three consecutive defeats until now.

    Fata will also be hoping for an end to their winless sequence when they take on PTV at Sialkot’s Jinnah Stadium in another crucial match. PTV, in their return to the first-class arena, have somewhat had a bumpy ride after also been humbled by Lahore Whites.

    KRL are eyeing a third victory on the trot when they visit Gaddafi Stadium to face Lahore Whites.

    Group ‘A’ leaders Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) are going great guns after comfortable wins against Lahore Blues, Peshawar and Islamabad as they prepare to play the winless Faisalabad at the Iqbal Stadium.

    Defending champions Wapda, who trail SSGC by three points, will be expecting the returning former Pakistan seamer Mohammad Asif to repeat his wicket-taking form in their meeting with Peshawar at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium.

    Former champions Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) are in need of another favourable when Lahore Blues entertain them at the LCCA Ground. Ex-Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq made a comeback to competitive cricket after retiring from the international stage last May with scores of 21 and 0 against his native region Faisalabad.

    National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) are definitely in troubled waters after back-to-back defeats against Lahore Blues and Peshawar. The bankers must find the winning formula otherwise Islamabad could take advantage of this precarious situation on their familiar territory at the Diamond Club Ground.

    NBP know perfectly well from the next round onwards there will be no easy outings since they have to compete against their fellow departmental opponents until the league phase concludes.

    Fourth-round schedule (Oct 15-18):

    Group ‘A’: Faisalabad vs SSGC (Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad); Lahore Blues vs SNGPL (LCCA Ground, Lahore); Islamabad vs NBP (Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad); Peshawar vs Wapda (Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad).

    Group ‘B’: Karachi Whites vs HBL (NBP Sports Complex, Karachi): Lahore Whites vs KRL (Gaddafi Stadium); Fata vs PTV (Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot); Rawalpindi vs UBL (Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi).

    Current standings

    (Tabulated under played, won, lost, drawn, points):

    Group ‘A’

    SSGC 3 3 0 0 27

    Wapda 3 3 0 0 24

    SNGPL 3 2 0 1 18

    Lahore Blues 3 1 2 0 10

    NBP 3 1 2 0 9

    Peshawar 3 1 2 0 9

    Islamabad 3 0 2 1 3

    Faisalabad 3 0 3 0 0

    Group ‘B’

    UBL 3 3 0 0 30

    HBL 3 3 0 0 28

    KRL 3 2 1 0 18

    Rawalpindi 3 2 1 0 15

    Lahore Whites 3 1 2 0 9

    PTV 3 1 2 0 9

    Fata 3 0 3 0 0

    Karachi Whites 3 0 3 0 0

    Published in Dawn, October 15th, 2017
     

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