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Quaid-i-Azam Trophy

Quaid-i-Azam Trophy
Countries Pakistan Pakistan
Administrator Pakistan Cricket Board
Format First Class (4-day)
Final: 5 day
First tournament 1953–54
Last tournament 2011–12
Number of teams 14
Current champion Karachi Blues (10th title)
Most successful Karachi cricket teams (20 titles)
Website Quaid-e-Azam Trophy – ESPNcricinfo
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2012–13

The Quaid-i-Azam Trophy (a.k.a. Quaid-e-Azam Trophy) has been the premier first-class domestic cricket competition in Pakistan since 1953.

History

Named after Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, the Trophy was introduced in 1953 to help pick the squad for Pakistan's Test tour of England in the forthcoming year. The competition has been contested sometimes by regional teams, sometimes by departments, and sometimes by a mixture of the two. Seven regional teams competed in the first competition. However, in 1956–57, it was decided that Karachi and Punjab would have to enter three teams each, to make the teams more evenly matched. Karachi teams have dominated the trophy, winning 19 times.

The league restructuring (2011)

Shortly after the end of the 2009–10 tournament. The Pakistan Cricket Board announced a new format that will see twenty-two teams split into division one and division two. The reason to split the teams in two division was that this would help the smaller teams compete with others who are at a similar level and would make the spotting of young talent easier as a result of that. This also meant that domestic revenues increased as a result due to more balanced fixtures that were spread across and weren't predictable[1]

The league restructuring (2012–13)

In 2012–13 season of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, 14 regional teams have been divided into two groups of seven, with top four teams from each group progressing to the super league while the remaining six would be playing in the plate league. The league toppers will contest in their respective league finals. Either way, each team will at least play eight matches apart from the final.

The new regional teams are allowed to recruit five players from the old department sides, of whom four can be part of the playing XI. In a bid to give bowlers exposure to internationally-recognized cricket balls, the board has also made the use of Kookaburra balls mandatory for the tournament.[2]

Winners

Year Winning Team Runner-up
1953/54 Bahawalpur Punjab
1954/55 Karachi Pakistan Combined Services
1956/57 Punjab Karachi Whites
1957/58 Bahawalpur Karachi C
1958/59 Karachi Pakistan Combined Services
1959/60 Karachi Lahore
1961/62 Karachi Blues Pakistan Combined Services
1962/63 Karachi A Karachi B
1963/64 Karachi Blues Karachi Whites
1964/65 Karachi Blues Lahore
1965/66 Karachi Blues Lahore Greens
1966/67 Karachi Pakistan Railways
1967/68 Karachi Pakistan Railways
1968/69 Lahore Karachi
1969/70 PIA PWD
1970/71 Karachi Blues Punjab University
1972/73 Pakistan Railways Sind
1973/74 Pakistan Railways Sind
1974/75 Punjab A Sind A
1975/76 National Bank Punjab A
1976/77 United Bank National Bank
1977/78 Habib Bank National Bank
1978/79 National Bank Habib Bank
1979/80 National Bank PIA
1980/81 United Bank PIA
1981/82 National Bank United Bank
1982/83 United Bank National Bank
1983/84 National Bank United Bank
1984/85 United Bank Pakistan Railways
1985/86 Karachi Pakistan Railways
1986/87 National Bank United Bank
1987/88 PIA United Bank
1988/89 ADBP Habib Bank
1989/90 PIA United Bank
1990/91 Karachi Whites Bahawalpur
1991/92 Karachi Whites Lahore
1992/93 Karachi Whites Sargodha
1993/94 Lahore Karachi Whites
1994/95 Karachi WBlues Lahore
1995/96 Karachi Blues Karachi Whites
1996/97 Lahore Karachi Whites
1997/98 Karachi Blues Peshawar
1998/99 Peshawar Karachi Whites
1999/00 PIA Habib Bank
2000/01 Lahore Blues Karachi Whites
2001/02 Karachi Whites Peshawar
2002/03 PIA KRL
2003/04 Faisalabad Sialkot
2004/05 Peshawar Faisalabad
2005/06 Sialkot Faisalabad
2006/07 Karachi Urban Sialkot
2007/08 SNGPL Habib Bank
2008/09 Sialkot KRL
2009/10 Karachi Blues Habib Bank
2010/11 Habib Bank PIA
2011/12 PIA ZTBL
2012/13 Karachi Blues Sialkot

Karachi teams have won the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy 20 times, PIA 6, National Bank 5, Lahore teams and United Bank 4, Peshawar, Bahawalpur, Punjab, Railways and Habib Bank 2 ADBP, Faisalabad and Sialkot 1.

Records

World records

Partnership Runs Players Team Opposition Venue Season
1 580 (2nd wicket) Raffatullah Momand & Waleed Nasim Template:Cr-PAK Template:Cr-PAK National Stadium, Karachi 2009–10
Source: Cricinfo.com. Last updated: 7 December 2009.

References

External links

  • CricInfo

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