Quaid-e-Azam Trophy

The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship contested in Pakistan by six regional teams.

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament logo.png
CountriesPakistan
AdministratorPakistan Cricket Board
FormatFirst-class
First edition1953–54
Latest edition2019-20
Number of teams6
Current championCentral Punjab (1st title)
Most successfulKarachi cricket teams (20 titles)
Most runsKamran Akmal (10,000)
Most wicketsTabish Khan (550)
WebsiteQuaid-e-Azam Trophy – ESPNcricinfo

HistoryEdit

Named after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, who was known as 'Quaid-i-Azam' (Great Leader), the trophy was introduced in the 1953-54 season to help the selectors pick the squad for Pakistan's Test tour of England in 1954. Five regional and two departmental teams competed in the first competition: Bahawalpur, Punjab, Karachi, North-West Frontier Province, Sindh, Combined Services and Pakistan Railways.

The competition's format has seldom remained unchanged from one season to the next. It has been contested sometimes by regional teams, sometimes by departmental teams, but usually by a mixture of the two. In 1956–57 it was decided that Karachi and Punjab would have to enter three teams each, to make the teams more evenly matched. The Pakistan Cricket Board announced a new domestic structure ahead of the 2019–20 season, which included the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy being contested by six newly formed regional teams.[1]

Karachi has won the trophy 20 times (most by any team).

Current teamsEdit

Team Province Debut Season Last Season Captain Coach
Central Punjab   Punjab 2019-20 2019-20   Babar Azam   Ijaz Ahmad
Southern Punjab   Punjab 2019-20 2019-20   Shan Masood   Abdur Rehman
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa   KP 2019-20 2019-20   Mohammad Rizwan   Kabir Khan
Northern   Northern Areas 2019-20 2019-20   Nauman Ali   Mohammad Wasim
Sindh   Sindh 2019-20 2019-20   Sarfaraz Ahmed   Azam Khan
Balochistan   Balochistan 2019-20 2019-20   Haris Sohail   Arshad Khan

WinnersEdit

Year Winning team Runner-up Number of teams Regional Departmental Number of matches Format
1953/54 Bahawalpur Punjab 7 5 2 6 knockout; semi-finals
1954/55 Karachi Combined Services 9 7 2 8 knockout; semi-finals
1955/56 not held
1956/57 Punjab Karachi Whites 13 11 2 18 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1957/58 Bahawalpur Karachi C 15 13 2 26 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1958/59 Karachi Combined Services 12 9 3 16 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1959/60 Karachi Lahore 13 10 3 12 knockout; quarter-finals
1960/61 not held
1961/62 Karachi Blues Combined Services 15 13 2 28 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1962/63 Karachi A Karachi B 16 13 3 27 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1963/64 Karachi Blues Karachi Whites 15 13 2 14 knockout; quarter-finals
1964/65 Karachi Blues Lahore 26 18 8 24 knockout; semi-finals
1965/66 not held
1966/67 Karachi Pakistan Railways 7 6 1 6 knockout; semi-finals
1967/68 not held
1968/69 Lahore Karachi 12 11 1 11 knockout; quarter-finals
1969/70 PIA PWD 20 15 5 34 5 round-robin groups; pre-semi-final
1970/71 Karachi Blues Punjab University 20 11 9 19 knockout; semi-finals
1971/72 not held
1972/73 Pakistan Railways Sind 7 4 3 6 knockout; semi-finals
1973/74 Pakistan Railways Sind 7 4 3 6 knockout; semi-finals
1974/75 Punjab A Sind A 10 6 4 9 knockout; quarter-finals
1975/76 National Bank Punjab A 10 6 4 9 knockout; quarter-finals
1976/77 United Bank National Bank 12 6 6 11 knockout; quarter-finals
1977/78 Habib Bank National Bank 12 6 6 11 knockout; quarter-finals
1978/79 National Bank Habib Bank 12 4 8 11 knockout; quarter-finals
1979/80 PIA National Bank 11 3 8 18 4 groups; final round-robin
1980/81 United Bank PIA 10 2 8 45 round-robin
1981/82 National Bank United Bank 10 3 7 45 round-robin
1982/83 United Bank National Bank 10 3 7 45 round-robin
1983/84 National Bank United Bank 10 0 10 45 round-robin
1984/85 United Bank Pakistan Railways 12 2 10 33 2 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1985/86 Karachi Pakistan Railways 12 6 6 66 round-robin
1986/87 National Bank United Bank 12 4 8 66 round-robin
1987/88 PIA United Bank 13 4 9 39 2 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1988/89 ADBP Habib Bank 8 0 8 29 round-robin; final
1989/90 PIA United Bank 8 0 8 57 round-robin; final
1990/91 Karachi Whites Bahawalpur 8 8 0 31 round-robin; semi-finals
1991/92 Karachi Whites Lahore 9 9 0 39 round-robin; semi-finals
1992/93 Karachi Whites Sargodha 8 8 0 31 round-robin; semi-finals
1993/94 Lahore Karachi Whites 8 8 0 31 round-robin; semi-finals
1994/95 Karachi Blues Lahore 10 10 0 48 round-robin; semi-finals
1995/96 Karachi Blues Karachi Whites 10 10 0 48 round-robin; semi-finals
1996/97 Lahore Karachi Whites 8 8 0 31 round-robin; semi-finals
1997/98 Karachi Blues Peshawar 10 10 0 46 round-robin; final
1998/99 Peshawar Karachi Whites 11 11 0 56 round-robin; final
1999/00 PIA Habib Bank 23 11 12 122 2 round-robin groups; final
2000/01 Lahore Blues Karachi Whites 12 12 0 67 round-robin; final
2001/02 Karachi Whites Peshawar 18 18 0 73 2 round-robin groups; final
2002/03 PIA KRL 24 13 11 75 4 round-robin groups; pre-quarter-finals
2003/04 Faisalabad Sialkot 9 9 0 36 round-robin
2004/05 Peshawar Faisalabad 11 11 0 56 round-robin; final
2005/06 Sialkot Faisalabad 7 7 0 22 round-robin; final
2006/07 Karachi Urban Sialkot 7 7 0 22 round-robin; final
2007/08 SNGPL Habib Bank 22 13 9 111 2 round-robin groups; final
2008/09 Sialkot KRL 22 13 9 111 2 round-robin groups; final
2009/10 Karachi Blues Habib Bank 22 13 9 111 2 round-robin groups; final
2010/11 Habib Bank PIA 22 13 9 113 2 round-robin divisions; 2 finals
2011/12 PIA ZTBL 22 13 9 113 2 round-robin divisions; 2 finals
2012/13 Karachi Blues Sialkot 14 14 0 62 2 round-robin groups; 4 round-robin pools; 2 finals
2013/14 Rawalpindi Islamabad 14 14 0 61 2 round-robin groups; 4 round-robin pools; final
2014/15 SNGPL National Bank 26 14 12 116 2 divisions: round-robin, then final in Gold League; 2 round-robin groups, quarter-finals in Silver League
2015/16 SNGPL United Bank 16 8 8 62 2 round-robin groups; 4 round-robin pools; 2 finals
2016/17 WAPDA Habib Bank 16 8 8 69 2 round-robin divisions; 2 round-robin "Super Eight" groups of four; final
2017/18 SNGPL WAPDA 16 8 8 69 2 round-robin divisions; 2 round-robin "Super Eight" groups of four; final
2018/19 Habib Bank SNGPL 16 8 8 69 2 round-robin divisions; 2 round-robin "Super Eight" groups of four; final
2019/20 Central Punjab Northern 6 6 0 31 round-robin; final

Karachi teams have won the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy 20 times, PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) 7, National Bank 5, Lahore teams, United Bank, and SNGPL (Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited) 4, Punjab & Habib Bank 3, Bahawalpur, Peshawar, Railways, and Sialkot 2, ADBP (Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan), Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, and WAPDA (Water and Power Development Authority) 1.

NB: "Regional" teams represent cities, districts and provinces. "Departmental" teams represent institutions, corporations, and government departments and instrumentalities. "Number of matches" includes matches scheduled but not played.

RecordsEdit

World recordsEdit

Partnership Runs Players Team Opposition Venue Season
1 580 (2nd wicket) Rafatullah Mohmand & Aamer Sajjad Water and Power Development Authority Sui Northern Gas Pipelines National Stadium, Karachi 2009–10
Source: Cricinfo.com. Last updated: 7 December 2009.

New structure for 2019-20Edit

On 31 August 2019, the PCB introduced a new structure of the tournament, in which six newly formed regional teams will play a total of thirty-one matches, each team playing ten matches. The teams competing are Balochistan, Central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northern, Sindh and Southern Punjab. On 3 September 2019, the PCB confirmed all of the squads for the tournament.[2][3]

The PCB also updated the playing conditions for the tournament, including removing the mandatory coin toss and the possibilty of extending the final by an extra day, if needed. The visiting team's captain will have the choice to bowl first if they wish. If not, then the coin toss will take place as before. This practice has been used in England since the 2016 County Championship season. If the final ends in a draw, the winner will be declared on the basis of a first innings lead. However, if the first innings for both teams have not been completed, an extra day will be used. In the event that both teams do not complete their first innings, they will both be declared the winners of the tournament.[4]

Points systemEdit

Points are awarded at the conclusion of each match during the season.

  • Won: 16 points
  • Lost: 0 points
  • Draw: 5 points
  • Tie: 9 points
  • Batting points: First Innings only up to 110 overs – first point at 200 runs, second point at 250 runs, third point at 300 runs, fourth point at 350 runs, fifth point at 400 runs
  • Bowling points: First Innings only up to 110 overs – first point at 3 wickets, second point at 6 wickets, third point at 9 wickets

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the jewel in Pakistan domestic cricket's crown". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Quaid-e-Azam trophy 2019/20". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  3. ^ "PCB announces detailed domestic schedule". The News International. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  4. ^ "PCB announces playing conditions for 2019-20 season". The News International. Retrieved 7 September 2019.

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