Pakistan Cricket Board has announced the schedule of the upcoming 50-over domestic tournament, Pakistan Cup. The tournament will kick off on 19th April and the final will be played on 1st May.
Pakistan Cup will comprise 11 50-over matches, which will be played at the Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad. Each of the five teams participating in the tournament will play four games each in the group stage and the top two sides will advance to play the final.
The first match will be played between Azhar Ali’s Brighto Paints Balochistan and Shoaib Malik’s Cookania Cake Rusk Punjab on Tuesday, April 19th.
PCB is hoping for a big crowd to head towards the stadium to witness the live action.
Pakistan’s newly crowned T20 skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed has coined this tournament a huge stepping stone for young cricketers of the country.
He said, “We have a great chance to polish our 50-over skills ahead of a long season. It is great to see these innovations and I am confident that the youngsters are looking forward to this,”
Azhar Ali has also liked the idea of a tough 50-over domestic tournament, where players have been picked through a draft similar to one that was used in PSL.
Azhar Ali stated, “Pakistan Cup is going to provide quality entertainment to cricket fans. All five squads are evenly balanced and this will ensure competitive cricket,”
PCB has raised domestic players’ remuneration by 100% and has termed this an action to ensure players’ welfare.