Sindh will start their title defense when the opening round of the Cricket Associations Championship (three-day event) begins across three Punjab cities on Wednesday.
Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium and Saeed Ajmal Academy, Rana Naveed Academy in Sheikhupura, and LCCA Ground in Lahore will host matches from 29 September to 14 November.
Sindh who recently won the Cricket Associations T20 tournament in Quetta will take on Central Punjab at the LCCA Ground in the opening round of the tournament. Balochistan will take on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad, while Southern Punjab will face Northern at the Rana Naveed Academy in Sheikhupura.
The Cricket Associations Championship will be played on a double-league basis with each team playing the other twice.
The final round of the tournament will be held from 12 to 14 November. The team accumulating the most points will be declared winners. The points breakdown is given below:
Points system for Cricket Associations Championship
|For an outright win after taking the lead in the 1st innings.||9 points|
|For an outright win after conceding lead on the 1st innings (The losing team will get no points)||6 points|
|For an outright win after a tie in the 1st innings (The losing team will get no points)||6 points|
|In case of a drawn match, the team getting 1st innings lead||3 points|
|For tie where teams have completed two innings||2 points each|
|A team-leading in 1st innings and 2nd innings tied shall get||5 points|
|For a tie in the 1st innings (No outright result or drawn)||2 points each|
|Abandoned, Washout or drawn match with no 1st innings result.||1 point each|
|Team win with an innings margin||1 bonus point|
|Team facing follow-on and saving the match (result drawn)||1 bonus point|
|Team facing follow-on and winning the match||2 bonus points|
Like the rest of the ongoing domestic season, the players, support staff, and match officials will stay in a covid-19 secure environment throughout the event. The SOPs are being adopted to ensure the health and safety of all participants.
The captains of the six teams while talking exclusively to pcb.com.pk expressed their hope of winning the event in what promises to be a competitive cricket season.
Balochistan Second XI captain Azeem Ghumman: “Our preparations for the three-day tournament are good. We had some practice sessions recently and we are hopeful of doing well.
We have a good combination of young and experienced players in the squad. We have good all-round players available in our team and with three to four experienced batters in our squad, we look to do well in the batting department.”
Central Punjab Second XI captain Ali Shan: “We are fully prepared to do well in the red-ball tournament. We had a couple of good sessions before the start of the tournament and we are eager to perform on the ground.
Our fast bowling department is very strong and with seasonal batters in the squad, we are looking to produce some good performances in the tournament.”
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Second XI captain Waqar Ahmed: “We had a good one-week preparations camp to get ourselves ready for the tournament. We have a young and energetic squad who are excited to perform in all three departments of the game.”
Northern Second XI captain Umar Waheed: “The preparations for the tournament are well on track as we have worked hard to rectify mistakes made in the last season. The combination of the team is well balanced with good spinners, the players know each other well which will help us to do well on the ground.”
Sindh Second XI captain Saifullah Bangash: “We have prepared well from the last season and are looking forward to doing well this season to become champions again. The players are relaxed; they have no pressure on them after winning the opening tournament (Cricket Associations T20) of the season. The players are ready to play quality cricket in the tournament.
We have good young players in the batting and bowling line-ups who are all set to showcase their talent on the field.”
Southern Punjab Second XI captain Moinuddin: “We have adjusted well to the conditions before the start of the tournament. We worked tirelessly on our skill level and we are aiming to produce good results when we go on the field.
“We have almost the same players that played in the recently concluded T20 tournament and we are looking to dominate in the red-ball tournament.”
Balochistan vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad
Central Punjab vs Sindh – LCCA Ground, Lahore
Southern Punjab vs Northern – Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura