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    PCB unveils new logos of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, provincials teams





    Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the jewel in Pakistan domestic cricket’s crown

    Karachi, 11 September 2019:

    First-class cricket is the most important tier for the development and sustenance in any cricket playing nation. Almost all Test playing nations have prestigious first-class competitions, which provide an identity to the domestic cricket played in that particular country.

    In Pakistan’s domestic system, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy holds that value and honour.

    The first-ever first-class match in Pakistan was played from 27-29 December – a few months after Independence – when Sindh and Punjab faced-off at the Bagh-e-Jinnah Ground in Lahore.

    The loosely-knitted first-class cricket structure helped Pakistan in jotting down the squad for the maiden Test tour – which was in 1952 to India – in which the Abdul Hafeez Kardar-led side registered the country’s first win in the format.

    Ahead of the tour of England, however, there was a need for a structured first-class competition which could help gauge the skill-level of the available talent in the country.

    This gave birth to the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy – named after Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who spearheaded the movement for independence – and its first edition was held in the 1953-54 season.

    Since, the tournament has reached iconic proportions in Pakistan domestic cricket with as many as 61 editions staged over the course of the last seven decades.

    Early days

    Seven teams, of which three were provincial, featured in the inaugural edition of the tournament.

    Bahawalpur – led by legendary batsman Hanif Mohammad – were the first winners as they beat Punjab by eight wickets at the KGA Ground in Karachi. The other five sides that participated in the tournament were Sindh, North-West Frontier Province, Karachi, Combined Services and Railways.

    The tournament served its purpose as youngsters like Khalid Hasan, the 17-year-old from Punjab, Ikram Elahi, the 21-year-old Sindh player, Aleemuddin, Bahawalpur’s 24-year-old, and Punjab’s Shakoor Ahmed, the 26-year-old, were selected for the all-important tour.

    The tournament that started with seven teams has seen as many as 26 teams compete in an edition over the course of history.

    Its four editions were not held due to various reasons; in the 1960-61 season, Ayub Trophy was played instead of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy; the 1965-66 edition wasn’t held due to the 1965 war; the 1967-68 edition wasn’t held since the edition which had begun in October 1966 hadn’t completed till November 1967; and the 1971-72 edition was not given the first-class status.

    The tournament was given a knockout format from the 1959-60 season, which continued till 1978-79. It was during this era that the number of participating teams surged. The 1964-65 edition was competed by 26 teams. By the 1970-71 edition, it was only on three occasions that the participating teams were less than 10.

    Karachi’s dominance

    Karachi exerted their authority in the initial years of the Trophy, winning seven titles in a row from 1958-59 till 1966-67. Their first-ever tournament victory came in the second edition.

    Though a massive feat back then, this, in the hindsight, was just a beginning of the city’s supremacy, which saw them win nine titles in the next 14 editions.

    Overall, Karachi sides have won the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 20 times. Karachi Blues won the trophy nine times and Karachi Whites completed a hattrick of titles from 1990-91 to 1992-93.

    Teams from other cities were given a chance to compete in the tournament alongside the traditional powerhouses Karachi and Lahore. Peshawar, Quetta and Dhaka were joined by the likes of Sukkur, Khairpur, Dera Ismail Khan and Hazara who all attained first-class status by competing in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

    The rise of departmental teams

    While Railways were the first departmental team to participate in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, it was in the ‘60s when departments like the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Public Works Department became a part of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

    PIA were the first departmental side to win the tournament when the airliners won the 1969-70 edition. The ‘70s and ‘80s saw the departmental teams dominated the event as they won 15 of the 20 editions.

    Though the PIA won seven titles, it was during these two decades that they secured four tournament wins.

    During these years, the tournament was played on either the round-robin format or the teams were divided into different groups. The teams were kept at 10 to 12 since the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy was played between departmental sides, while regions and cities were restricted to Patrons Trophy.

    For the next nine seasons, the regions and cities returned to the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, with the number of teams remaining between eight and 11.

    Emergence of cities other than Lahore and Karachi

    The ‘90s also saw the emergence of the other teams/cities as cricket grew in popularity making the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy competitive for all participating teams. By the turn of the century, the once smaller cricket centres had emerged as formidable forces.

    From 2000-01 to 2013-14, Sialkot won the title twice with Peshawar, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi also securing one tournament win apiece.

    In the 1986-87 season, Rawalpindi caused a big upset when they overcame the mighty Habib Bank Limited side in the final. In the 1998-99 season, Peshawar had beaten Karachi by an innings to lift the trophy.

    There have been six instances where Quaid-e-Azam Trophy was contested in two divisions. The 2005-06 and 2006-07 editions were played on two-division basis with competition for Gold and Silver categories.
    The 2010-11 and 2011-12 editions of Division II were won by State Bank and Peshawar respectively, while the 2012-13 edition was played between 14 teams.

    The top four teams from each group qualified for ‘Super Eight’. The last six in the standings competed in a ‘Bottom-Six’ competition, which was won by Faisalabad.

    The forthcoming edition of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, which begins on 14 September, would feature six Cricket Association sides in the First XI (the first-class competition) and Second XI tournaments.

    The new domestic system focuses on the quality of competition which will produce some thrilling and high octane matches, while narrowing the gap between domestic and international cricket.

    ABOUT THE LOGO

    • The six stars are the representative of the six Cricket Associations

    • The colours green and gold symbolise the green fields of cricket and the talented individuals playing the game.

    • The Urdu calligraphy forms the Crescent and Star which are the representative of Pakistan’s flag
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    Lovely logo. Top class. Thumbs up from me.

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    Why can't our trophies be named after cricket giants. We all know who QEA is and hundred of building & roads are named after him.

    First class-Abdul Hafeez Kardar Trophy
    List A-Fazal Mahmood Trophy
    T20-Abdul Qadir Trophy (he was all about mystery and innovation, fits perfect well with this format)

    National T20 and Pakistan cup are just poor names

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    Looks like the logo of a madrassah. Very poor. Should have had a cricket theme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Looks like the logo of a madrassah. Very poor. Should have had a cricket theme.
    Maybe in New Delhi they do not teach Urdu.... but all the logo says is Quaid-e-Azam in Urdu. Not surprised that you are unable to read it and thought that it is Arabic, if it was in Sanskrit script then you would have understood.


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    Beautiful logo.

    Represent Pakistanís green and white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Maybe in New Delhi they do not teach Urdu.... but all the logo says is Quaid-e-Azam in Urdu. Not surprised that you are unable to read it and thought that it is Arabic, if it was in Sanskrit script then you would have understood.
    I can read it. What I didnít like is how it is written in Arabic calligraphy style. It looks more like a religious design than a logo of a cricket tournament.

    Of course, you are smart enough to figure out what I meant, but as usual, you succumbed to your obsession of picking up pointless arguments.

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    Horrendous design.

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    ugly logo.

    Could had sticked the trophy in between. The calligraphy wasnt needed. Too much stuff written

    They have clearly tried to make this Islami by using this kind of writing style

    The old logo was fine.




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    Much better than County Championship and Ranj Trophy logos. On par or maybe slightly better than Shefield Shield Logo.

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    Below are designs of County Chmapionship, Ranji Trophy and Shefield Sheild for comparison. It looks fine to me in comparison to others, yes could have added a trophy somewhere but still looks fine.

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    Top work. Good to see FC cricket being promoted.

    Key will be the pitches.

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    Excellent logo. Some people are crying already because.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    ugly logo.

    Could had sticked the trophy in between. The calligraphy wasnt needed. Too much stuff written

    They have clearly tried to make this Islami by using this kind of writing style

    The old logo was fine.


    Ugly? LOLOLOL

    Looks like you have a personal problem with the PCB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronaldo7 View Post
    Ugly? LOLOLOL

    Looks like you have a personal problem with the PCB
    how does me not liking a logo links to having a personal problem with an organization?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    how does me not liking a logo links to having a personal problem with an organization?
    You're criticising it for having "islami" writing smh

    I've never heard a worst excuse

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    Nice

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    Looks bad. The text looks too metallic as if its trying to get a 3d look. The design should look flatter if it wants to last the modern age. Not impressed looks heavily outdated.

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    Lovely logo.

    And a few posters crying as usual lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    ugly logo.

    Could had sticked the trophy in between. The calligraphy wasnt needed. Too much stuff written

    They have clearly tried to make this Islami by using this kind of writing style

    The old logo was fine.


    This looks bad too. While the design is flat the logo has no symbolism of Pakistan. It looks like a round circle with a trophy. The text outside of it does not look like it belongs there. So they made a perfectly round shape, put a trophy there than left the text to do its thing. Is good all of a sudden? PCB needs to hire a better graphic designer, this is poor for a professional organization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    ugly logo.

    Could had sticked the trophy in between. The calligraphy wasnt needed. Too much stuff written

    They have clearly tried to make this Islami by using this kind of writing style

    The old logo was fine.


    This is barely a logo tbh. Amateur work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IAJ View Post
    Lovely logo.

    And a few posters crying as usual lol
    Can't make them all happy

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    My final verdict: if they get rid of the gradient and make the colors one tone of color it will look better imo. The text, and images are perfectly aligned imo.

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    It looks pretty good, and much better than the Sheffield Shield, County and Ranji trophy logos that @Titan24 shared above. Thankfully ours doesn't say "specsavers" in there haha

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    Looks like a mess. At first glance, it would be difficult to tell if that's the logo of a sports league or an academic institution.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    I can read it. What I didnít like is how it is written in Arabic calligraphy style. It looks more like a religious design than a logo of a cricket tournament.

    Of course, you are smart enough to figure out what I meant, but as usual, you succumbed to your obsession of picking up pointless arguments.
    Agreed. The logo itself isn't ugly, but the Arabic/Islamic style calligraphy isn't befitting for a cricket tournament logo. Should have had a different calligraphy style, and had a trophy on it somewhere.

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    As a Designer myself. Everything aside, you can't tell at first glance if it's a cricket tournament logo and the calligraphy is been emphasis a bit too hard.

    Otherwise the Logo it self is nice.

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    Southern Punjab Logo



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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Southern Punjab Logo

    lol thats ironman.


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    Central Punjab Logo
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    Doesn't look like a sports logo
    Rubbish from PCB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    Below are designs of County Chmapionship, Ranji Trophy and Shefield Sheild for comparison. It looks fine to me in comparison to others, yes could have added a trophy somewhere but still looks fine.

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    All are absolutely disgusting logos.

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    Should have refrained from using arabic caligraphy. But still not the worst logo going around. Massive improvement compared to last year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Southern Punjab Logo

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    What year is this. 2005?

    And is that bird.

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    Tbh I preferred the default logo with the picture of the trophy. The caligraphy style logo looks weird and not that of a domestic FC competition.

    Team logos are downright terrible and cheap-looking barring that of KPK, which actually quite good. Whoever came up with these drab color schemes and pointless insignias should have been fired. The Balochistan one is probably the worst and most pointless with two bats and a PTI flag in the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARK Rafay View Post
    What year is this. 2005?

    And is that bird.
    Faysal Bank T20 had better logos

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedwoodOriginal View Post
    Tbh I preferred the default logo with the picture of the trophy. The caligraphy style logo looks weird and not that of a domestic FC competition.

    Team logos are downright terrible and cheap-looking barring that of KPK, which actually quite good. Whoever came up with these drab color schemes and pointless insignias should have been fired. The Balochistan one is probably the worst and most pointless with two bats and a PTI flag in the back.
    Agreed, the logos for the teams are awful (barring KPK), hopefully the logos don't reflect the quality of the tournament.

    Don't think that's the PTI flag in the background of the Balochistan logo though, looks like they've tried to put a version of the old flag of Kalat. https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki...e_of_Kalat.png


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    Don't understand this one at all, what significance does that animal have to Sindh? Should've used since Sindh ajrak style patterns or something.

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    Anyone can't be faulted for mistaking the Balochistan Cricket logo as the logo of PTI

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedwoodOriginal View Post
    Anyone can't be faulted for mistaking the Balochistan Cricket logo as the logo of PTI
    I totally see why people would think it's PTI's flag, as almost no one knows what the flag of Kalat looks like. Even I initially thought it was PTI's flag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hussain.r97 View Post
    Agreed, the logos for the teams are awful (barring KPK), hopefully the logos don't reflect the quality of the tournament.

    Don't think that's the PTI flag in the background of the Balochistan logo though, looks like they've tried to put a version of the old flag of Kalat. https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki...e_of_Kalat.png
    I've seen the old flag of Kalat before but looking at that logo that wasn't the first thing that came to my mind. Imagine what people who have never seen that flag will think? Really poor from PCB for finalizing this. Surely they knew the first thing that would come to people's mind after seeing that logo. And the two bats basically double down on it lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedwoodOriginal View Post
    I've seen the old flag of Kalat before but looking at that logo that wasn't the first thing that came to my mind. Imagine what people who have never seen that flag will think? Really poor from PCB for finalizing this. Surely they knew the first thing that would come to people's mind after seeing that logo. And the two bats basically double down on it lol
    Agreed, really poor deign sense. Looks like they didn't put much thought or effort into this.

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    This and KPK's logos are the only decent ones. The rest are trash.

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    They should have all followed the same theme. Either a cultural thing, landmark, animal etc.

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    Logos look fine to me if we compare them to other domestic tournaments like County Championship and Shield cricket.

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    Its out of the box..different.
    Totally unexpected, has stumped a few people in here.
    I like it.

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    Well the logos are....interesting.

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    A very jarring and ugly design. Perhaps a graphic designer can explain what is wrong here.


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    Honestly even I could have designed better logos than these. Outdated and unimaginative designs.

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    This looks like a road sign

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    This is the first time there has been any hype ahead of FC season. Posters are talking about FC before a ball has been bowled. I'd say that's job well done.

    Now onto the main event.

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    Very amateur stuff pathetic designs

    Agree with the Islamic should not be there

    Pcb needs to be more classy

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    These design are no worse than the soccor teams logos and American footfall teams logos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naveedahmed1 View Post
    Very amateur stuff pathetic designs

    Agree with the Islamic should not be there

    Pcb needs to be more classy
    Why shouldn't islamic calligraphy be there??
    We live in the ISLAMIC republic of Pakistan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronaldo7 View Post
    Why shouldn't islamic calligraphy be there??
    We live in the ISLAMIC republic of Pakistan
    Itís not even Islamic calligraphy. Itís Urdu caligraphy. The calligraphy though is not the issue with that logo. The world is moving towards flat logo design to better fit mobile applications (just yesterday VW released a new logo go check it out). The PCB decided to go with a 3D looking logo with hideous shadowing and making it far too busy. The symmetry seems off too. Unless that is an animation screen grab and there is another logo ready to go for print and mobile application, it is a poor design.

    As for the Association logos, apart from Central and Sindh (which are terrible), theyíre fine. Nothing exciting or overtly terrible. I hope they revisit these in 5 years once the brands begin to settle and establish.

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    What does sport have to do with religion?

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    Lahore, 12 September 2019:



    Since its inception in 1953, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy has produced some of the most epic battles in the history of first-class cricket, which led to some fascinating individual and team records.


    The highs and the lows

    The highest team score belongs to Sindh, who amassed 951 for seven against Balochistan in the 1973-74 season. The total included 428 by Aftab Baloch, which is the second-highest score in Pakistan’s first-class history behind Hanif Mohammad’s epic 499.

    Karachi Blues are the other side to have the honour of posting an 800-run plus total (802 for eight).

    National Bank have the lowest total in the country’s first-class history (20), but the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy’s undesired record is held by Dhaka University and Education Board who were dismissed for 29 against Dhaka in the 1964-65 edition.

    Rawalpindi pacer Naeem Akhtar holds the record for the best bowling figures in tournament’s history. He took 10 wickets for 28 runs against Peshawar in the 1995-96 edition.

    Left-armer Shahid Mehmood, with figures of 10 for 58, was the first Pakistan bowler to take all ten wickets in an innings when he secured the feat in 1969-70 season. The other three bowlers to have picked up 10 wickets in an innings are: Imran Adil (10 for 92 in 1989-90), Naeem Akhtar (10 for 28 in 1995-96) and Zulfiqar Babar (10 for 143 in 2009-10).

    Rawalpindi’s Saad Altaf holds the record for best bowling figures in a match. The left-armer took eight wickets in each innings to return 16 for 141 in a 2017-18 edition match against FATA.

    Test fast-bowler Sohail Khan has also taken 16 wickets in a match.

    Aamir Wasim, Abdur Rauf, Fazal-e-Akbar and Taj Wali have taken two hattricks each.

    Zohaib Shera holds the record for a hattrick on first-class debut. He achieved the feat in the 2009-10 edition.

    Karachi and Lahore in the centre stage

    It was in the ‘90s that Karachi and Lahore emerged as the forces to reckon with in Pakistan cricket. The two cities competed in the title match on five occasions in the seasons from 1990-91 till 2000-01.

    Lahore (City and Blues) took the honours thrice, while Karachi’s two sides (Blues and Whites) won two finals.

    The two cities faced-off in a final for the first time in the 1959-60 edition, with Karachi turning out victorious.

    Interesting facts (final matches)

    On four occasions, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final was not held. The teams which accumulated the most points were declared winners.

    Karachi’s National Stadium holds the honour of hosting as many as 29 finals. Overall, 32 finals have been held in the port city.

    The Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore has held 14 finals, while a total of 17 final matches have been played in Lahore.

    Nine finals have been won by innings margin. Punjab ‘A’ recorded the biggest win in the tournament history when they won the 1974-75 final against Sindh ‘A’ by an innings and 248 runs.

    Six teams have won the final by more than 200 runs. National Bank recorded a 384-run win against Habib Bank in the 1978-79 edition.

    In the 1994-95 final, Karachi Blues posted 802 for eight declared in the final against Lahore City, the lowest score in the first innings of a final match was registered by Faisalabad who scored 111 against Sialkot in the 2005-06 edition. In the 2009-10 final, Habib Bank were rolled over for a mere 66 runs while chasing 208 runs for victory against Karachi Blues.

    In the 1978-79 final, Habib Bank were dismissed for under 100 totals in both innings.

    Seven batsmen have the honour of scoring a double-century in the final. The list includes: Imtiaz Ahmed (251), Majid Khan (213), Asif Mujtaba (208), Mahmood Hamid (208), Yasir Hameed (207), Mohammad Rizwan (224) and Imam-ul-Haq (200 not out).

    Moin Khan (200 not out) and Babar Azam (266) scored double-centuries in the final of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Silver League.

    Bilawal Bhatti (8 for 56) holds the record of the best bowling figures in a final match, while, Abdul Wahab, Aftab Baloch, Ehtishamuddin and Samiullah Niazi have also taken eight wickets each in a final.

    In the Silver League final, Yasir Arafat’s nine for 108 is the best bowling performance. Test all-rounder Abdur Razzaq took seven wickets for 51 runs in his first-class debut, which happened to be in the 1996-97 tournament final.

    Successful captains

    Khan Mohammad was the first successful captain in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy history as he led Bahawalpur to win in the inaugural edition.

    Khan’s Bahwalpur teammate of Pakistan’s inaugural Test, Hanif Mohammad is the most successful captain in tournament’s history, having lifted the trophy four times.

    Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan led Karachi Whites and PIA to the title in separate seasons, while, Moin also led Karachi Harbour to the Silver League title.

    Asif Mujtaba, who like Hanif and Moin also hailed from Karachi, lifted the trophy three times as captain, while Wazir Mohammad, Waqar Hasan, Arif Butt, Shafiq Ahmed, Ijaz Faqih, Rashid Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Hasan Raza and Mohammad Hafeez have all lifted the trophy two times.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Naveedahmed1 View Post
    What does sport have to do with religion?
    Its an art form - nothing more - stop reading too much in it


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    They look like the generic logos they'd have in the Don bradman games.

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    Balochistan and kpk have the best ones.

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    Mr. Goat looks absolutely uninterested in cricket tbh......

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    • Six first-class team captains excited, keenly look forward to the start of the tournament

    Lahore, 13 September 2019:

    Six teams, 31 matches on a double-league basis, country’s best of the best live in action and a total cash award of PKR20million along with an iconic trophy at stake. It can’t get any bigger than the PCB’s premier four-day first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy of the 2019-20 season, which gets underway at three venues on Saturday, 14 September.

    In the first round derby fixture, Central Punjab will go toe to toe with Southern Punjab at the Gaddafi Stadium, the home of Pakistan cricket, with the two sides captained by the promising Babar Azam and Shan Masood, respectively.

    Experienced Sarfaraz Ahmed will lead Sindh against Balochistan, which will be captained by the crafty Haris Sohail, while the energetic Mohammad Rizwan will skipper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s home fixture against the Northern, which will be led by the charismatic Umar Amin, at the Abbottabad Stadium.

    Apart from the six national team players, other PCB centrally contracted players along with a host of equally talented cricketers will battle out for supremacy in pursuit of not only the most prized trophies on the domestic circuit, but also attract the eyes of the newly-appointed Pakistan national team’s head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq for the coming international assignments.

    Misbah will be supported by the six team head coaches – Arshad Khan (Balochistan), Azam Khan (Sindh), Abdul Rehman (Southern Punjab), Ijaz Ahmed Jnr (Central Punjab), Mohammad Wasim (Northern) and Kabir Khan (Khyber Patkhtunkhwa) – who will also serve as the national selectors.

    The revamped domestic circuit is aimed at providing cutthroat competition, which is expected to inspire and motivate the domestic players to produce their best performances and help the selectors to pick the high performing cricketers, which, in turn, will contribute to forming formidable sides and consequently narrowing the gap between international and domestic cricket.

    To allow the domestic cricketers with an opportunity to fully display their talent and there is a proper balance between the bat and the ball, the cricket board has ensured that best cricket playing facilities are provided, including good pitches, use of kookaburra cricket balls and the introduction of the no-toss rule.

    Furthermore, and taking domestic cricket to the digital world, the PCB, for the first time, will live-stream one match from each round. This means from the first round, the fans will get a chance to follow and monitor ball-by-ball coverage of the Central and Southern Punjab teams from the Gaddafi Stadium.

    In addition to this, the five-day final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, which will be played from 9-13 December at the National Stadium, will be televised live.

    The PCB is also using the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy to impart media training to the budding and talented players. In this relation, pre-match media conferences, followed by daily news conferences are planned. These media interactions will take place in the dedicated media conference rooms, which have been set up specifically for this purpose.

    One of the biggest and widely acknowledged news from the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy was the resumption of top-level cricket at Bugti Stadium in Quetta. The picturesque venue had last staged a first-class match 11 years and this season, it has been allocated four matches, including three which will be treated as Balochistan’s home fixtures.

    The PCB has designed the 2019-20 event schedule in such a way there is a context and each domestic event is connected to international cricket.

    In this regard, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy will be a split event. In the first phase, four round matches will be played, following which the event will break for the National T20 Cup, which will be played from 13-24 October. The National T20 Cup will provide the shortest format specialists to strengthen their claims for HBL PSL 2020 draft as well as for the three-T20I series against Australia, which will be played in the first week of November.

    The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy will resume with the fifth round action from 28 October. This time, the incentive for the red-ball cricketers will be to perform and impress the selectors for the World Test Championship fixtures against Australia (in Brisbane from 21-25 November and in Adelaide from 29 November-3 December (d/n)).

    Meanwhile, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Second XI tournament will run simultaneously with the First XI tournament. The 30 group matches will be of three-day durations, while the final will be four-day fixture that will be played at Karachi’s State Bank Stadium from 26 to 29 November.

    Some new and some innovative features of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy have impressed the six young team captains who look forward to playing a leading role in making the revamped structure a successful one.

    Central Punjab captain Babar Azam: “I am very excited to play the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after the domestic restructuring. We will have to bring our ‘A’ Game against every team since all top cricketers are going to be in them.

    Southern Punjab captain Shan Masood: “With six teams now playing the tournament, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy is going to get much more competitive. Team will have beefed up bowling attacks, with all the sides carrying three to four top bowlers of the country.”

    Sindh captain Sarfaraz Ahmed: “I am expecting competitive cricket this season as all quality players of the country will be participating in the tournament.

    Balochistan captain Haris Sohail: “I am very excited to be leading Balochistan. What adds to the thrill is that we will see top first-class cricketers compete in the tournament.”

    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mohammad Rizwan: “The restructuring promises fierce competition, which is going to benefit Pakistan cricket. Both First and Second XI teams will be playing matches simultaneously, providing up-and-coming players opportunities to graduate to first-class cricket. I am looking forward to the tournament.

    Northern captain Umar Amin: “This tournament serves opportunities to younger players to rub shoulders with the best in the country. With the enhanced quality of the matches, not only we, the players, will enjoy the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, but there will be an increase in the viewership too.”

    First round fixtures (home team names first):

    Sindh v Balochistan, UBL Sports Complex, Karachi
    Central Punjab v Southern Punjab, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Northern, Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad


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    That is awsome ..live streaming of one match out of three will be great..Also with only three matches in a round there is no execuse for selectors not being there to monitor the performances..

    Only Snag I think is i dont see any country having just six teams although Aussies do i think

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    Quaid-e-Azam Trophy logo



    Looks nice

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    Who's their team logo designer? The logo looks way outdated


    If you Can Believe In Something, Than why not believe In Yourself.

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    Why use two different scripts for the text in the logo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omer2002 View Post
    That is awsome ..live streaming of one match out of three will be great..Also with only three matches in a round there is no execuse for selectors not being there to monitor the performances..

    Only Snag I think is i dont see any country having just six teams although Aussies do i think
    Aus and WI both have 6 regional teams in their domestic competitions while SA also have just 6 main franchises from which players are selected. While the countries like England (Div one with 8 teams currently) and Srl have two tier systems meaning main teams in tier one are from 6 to 8. While QAE had a two tier system previously too but players werent being selected through a proper system and merit for the regions (werent functioning properly) and by departments as well in last decade or so because their coaches and management wasnt always upto the mark in selecting and giving regular games to deserving players to an extent.

    2nd teams of each regional team will also be playing matches with each other starting from the very same time as the main teams. So those teams are also their to play and if you consider it div 2 or 2nd tier it makes the total to 12 teams but gives a better player recognition system which can see a performing player playing for his main regional team as well if he gets selected rather than waiting for his team to be promoted if there would have been a two division system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Looks like the logo of a madrassah. Very poor. Should have had a cricket theme.
    Agree, looks like logo of a team from Saudi Arabia. Why we have to make everything looking like Arabic.


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