Thursday, December 9, 2021

PCB: Karachi hosts Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2021-22 from Wednesday

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Karachi will be under spotlight as the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2021-22 action moves to the port-city. UBL Sports Complex, State Bank Stadium and NBP Sports Complex will host the remaining five rounds – over which 15 matches will be played amongst the six Cricket Association sides – before the iconic National Stadium stages the five-day final from 25 December.

In the sixth round, which commences tomorrow, Sindh play Balochistan at UBL Sports Complex; Punjab Derby will be staged at State Bank Stadium; and Northern and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will lock horns at NBP Sports Complex.

As part of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s initiative to bring the fans and followers of the game closer to the domestic cricket action, the State Bank Stadium matches will be live-streamed on the board’s official YouTube channel, while the final will be televised.

Southern Punjab enter the Karachi-leg of this year’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy as the table-toppers. They are 19 points clear of second-ranked Sindh. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are positioned third with 50 points, while  Central Punjab and Balochistan – locked at 49 points – are fourth and fifth. Bottom-placed Northern are only two points below Balochistan.

Left-arm orthodox bowlers dominated the Punjab-leg of the event.

28-year-old left-arm orthodox Ali Usman continues to have an impressive run in the event as he is the leading wicket-taker with 28 scalps at 23.54. He has two five-wicket hauls and three four-fers in this edition and Southern Punjab will be banking on this spin to continue their table domination and secure their first-ever Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final berth.

Another left-arm orthodox Sindh’s Mohammad Asghar has 20 wickets at 42.35. The 23-year-old is the second highest wicket-taker and has two four-fers. 

Central Punjab’s Zafar Gohar has 17 wickets at 43.18 and one four-fer.

His teammate Abid Ali – who will be in Bangladesh for the two-Test series when the sixth round commences – has plundered 611 runs at a staggering 122.20 and leads the batting chart for the highest run-getter. He has smashed three centuries and one half-century.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Sahibzada Farhan is five runs behind Abid as he has smashed 606 runs at 86.57. The 26-year-old has struck two centuries and four half-centuries.

Tayyab Tahir has also had an impressive tournament, to date, is third on the list with 533 runs at 76.14. He has made one double-century and four half-centuries.

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