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    PCB unveils 2022-23 menís domestic cricket season schedule

    Streamlining pathways cricket and creating more playing opportunities for talented cricketers was the cornerstone of the Pakistan Cricket Boardís 2022-23 menís domestic cricket season, which was revealed today.

    The seniors cricket will commence with the 33-match two-leg National T20, which will be held in Rawalpindi and Multan from 30 August to 19 September. Concurrently, the second XIs Cricket Associations Cup will be played in Quetta from 2-15 September.

    Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the jewel in the PCBís crown, will be staged from 27 September to 30 November with Abbottabad, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi sharing 31 matches between them. The Cricket Associations Championship will be played alongside the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in the same cities from 27 September to 23 November.

    Curtains on the 2022-23 domestic cricket season will fall with the 33-match Pakistan Cup 50-over tournament, which will be staged in Karachi from 10 December to 3 January. Karachi will also stage the Cricket Associations Challenge from 10-29 December.

    In all, 187 matches are scheduled to be played over 127 days (30 August to 3 January).

    Salient features of the PCB 2022-23 menís domestic cricket calendar are:

    ē Six-team Cricket Associations Cup (T20 format) will now be played on a double-league basis. This means each side will get a minimum of 10 matches and a total of 30 matches will be played. Previously, the event was held on a single-league basis with 15 matches.

    ē Six-team Cricket Associations Championship will now be a four-day non first-class competition. Previously, it was a three-day tournament

    ē Six-team Cricket Associations Championship will be played on a double-league basis. This means each side will get a minimum of 10 matches and a total of 30 matches will be played. Previously, the event was held on a single-league basis with 15 matches.

    ē Six-team Cricket Associations Challenge will be played on a double-league basis. This means each side will get a minimum of 10 matches and a total of 30 matches will be played. Previously, the event was held on a single-league basis with 15 matches.

    ē The seniorsí competitions will follow the CCA U19 tournament (21 May-4 June), CA Divisional U19 tournament (10-17 June), CCA Senior Tournament (19 June-21 July) and National U19 Cup (28 June-8 July). The National U19 Championship commenced in Karachi from 25 July and will conclude on 23 August, while the CA Divisional Senior Tournament will take place from 27 July to 12 August.

    Director High Performance, Nadeem Khan: ďMaking the domestic events competitive and challenging, while continuing to provide maximum opportunities to our talented cricketers to demonstrate their talent and help them graduate to the higher level, was the mainstay of our thought-process when we finalised the upcoming domestic season calendar.

    ďLast year, we allowed each Cricket Association to field two under-19 sides in the National tournaments and this year we have increased the number of matches in the second XI CA Cup, Championship and Challenge. This means each player will get a minimum of 10 matches across all three formats, which provides a good enough opportunity for any player to show his mettle and talent, and stake his claim in the first XI competitions.

    ďWe have introduced a new concept whereby the non first-class CA Championship matches will be four-day fixtures. This will ensure the matches are well-contested and result-oriented, and the players get full opportunity to make the best from these games. This will also help in narrowing the gap with our first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in which only the best of the best participate.

    ďWe have also tried to streamline the player development and progression. Now, a talented U19 cricketer will not have to wait until the next year before playing in the seniorsí competition. I am sure that this year, we will see a few outstanding U19 cricketers from the CCA, CA and National tournaments that will feature in the topline events, as the pathways events have been designed to lead into the main competitions.

    ďLast year, youngsters Mubasir Khan of Northern and Balochistanís Haseebullah were adjudged players of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Pakistan Cup, respectively. It was heartwarming for the PCB to see the youngsters stepping up and dominating these tournaments, as this not only reflected the talent in our country but also demonstrated the high standard of our events.

    ďI remain optimistic that a good number of youngsters will make a name for themselves from the forthcoming tournaments which, in turn, will help us increase the pool of our national team bench players.Ē

    PCB 2022-23 menís domestic cricket calendar:

    30 Aug-19 Sep - National T20; Rawalpindi and Multan
    2-15 Sep Ė Cricket Associations T20; Quetta
    27 Sep-30 Nov - Quaid-e-Azam Trophy; Abbottabad, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi
    27 Sep-23 Nov Ė Cricket Associations Championship; Abbottabad, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi
    10 Dec-3 Jan- Pakistan Cup; Karachi
    10-29 Dec Ė Cricket Associations Challenge; Karachi


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    • Six-team Cricket Associations Cup (T20 format) will now be played on a double-league basis. This means each side will get a minimum of 10 matches and a total of 30 matches will be played. Previously, the event was held on a single-league basis with 15 matches.

    • Six-team Cricket Associations Championship will now be a four-day non first-class competition. Previously, it was a three-day tournament

    • Six-team Cricket Associations Championship will be played on a double-league basis. This means each side will get a minimum of 10 matches and a total of 30 matches will be played. Previously, the event was held on a single-league basis with 15 matches.

    • Six-team Cricket Associations Challenge will be played on a double-league basis. This means each side will get a minimum of 10 matches and a total of 30 matches will be played. Previously, the event was held on a single-league basis with 15 matches.
    This is really great. 2nd XI teams will now be playing 4 day cricket instead of 3 day cricket as it should be to better prepare for the main teams and all their competition would be double round robins too so players will get plenty of opportunities to show fitness, develop and showcase their skills in the competition.

    Makes a huge difference to the competition and player development, will have a much bigger impact than many realize currently.

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    Lahore not included in any of the venues - guess pitch work being done?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    This is really great. 2nd XI teams will now be playing 4 day cricket instead of 3 day cricket as it should be to better prepare for the main teams and all their competition would be double round robins too so players will get plenty of opportunities to show fitness, develop and showcase their skills in the competition.

    Makes a huge difference to the competition and player development, will have a much bigger impact than many realize currently.
    It's brilliant news.

    Also the scheduling is spot on. You don't want to be playing FC cricket in Punjab in Dec/Jan as too much play is curtailed by bad light, so Sep-Nov is a good time. They'll play at Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Abbottabad and Karachi so a good variety of conditions where batters will be tested by seam and spin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    This time it looks like the season will be finished by January, normally domestic matches are played till March if I'm not wrong.

    I know we have PSL later but still it seems like 4 months are too less for the proper season.

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    The upcoming domestic season will see players of second XI sides of the six cricket association get increased game time, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced Thursday while also unveiling the calendar for the 2022-23 season.

    While the second XI white ball tournaments — the T20 Cricket Associations Cup and the one-day Cricket Asso*ciations Challenge — will see their number of matches doubled as compared to last season, the Cricket Associ*ations Championship matches will be four-day affairs.

    In previous seasons, the Championship matches were played across three days and the tournament was held on a single round-robin basis. This year, the second-string teams will come up against each other twice during the tournament, which will feature 30 matches as compared to half as many last year.

    “This means each player will get a minimum of 10 matches across all three formats, which provides a good enough opportunity for any player to show his mettle and talent, and stake his claim in the first XI competitions,” PCB’s Director of High Performance Nadeem Khan said.

    The domestic season kicks off with the National T20 Cup, which will feature 33 matches played across two legs in Rawalpindi and Multan on August 20 and will run until September 19. The second XI Cup will be played in Quetta from September 2-15.

    Following the T20 blitz, the players will shift gears to the first-class format with the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, beginning September 27. The 31 matches of PCB’s premier first-class tournament, which ends November 30, will be hosted by Abbotabad, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi.

    The second XI Championship will be played alongside the Trophy at the same centres, ending a week earlier.

    The one-day format Pakistan Cup and the second XI Challenge will be played in Karachi in December and will mark the end of the upcoming domestic season before several U-19 tournaments are held across the country.

    DAWN


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Lahore not included in any of the venues - guess pitch work being done?
    If I recall correctly, Andy Atkinson on his last visit to Lahore stated that the Gaddafi pitches being used for QeA matches was one of the reason for it to offer low bounce.

    I think he wanted these pitches to be used exclusively for international matches.


    Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChTab View Post
    This time it looks like the season will be finished by January, normally domestic matches are played till March if I'm not wrong.

    I know we have PSL later but still it seems like 4 months are too less for the proper season.
    Last year’s domestic season appeared longer as PSL came in between the season with Pakistan Cup happening in Mar-Apr time. This time Pakistan Cup and will be happening before PSL while QAE trophy will he starting a month earlier.

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    Pakistan Cricket Board today announced its panels of match officials for the 2022-23 men’s domestic cricket season, which kicks-off with the National T20 on 30 August in Rawalpindi. The second leg of the event will run in Multan from 10-19 September.

    Former first-class cricketers Aaley Haider, who featured in 90 matches from 1993 to 2005, Mohammad Asif, who participated in 45 matches, Tariq Rasheed, who played 22 matches from 1996-2003, and Muhammad Sajid Khan Afridi, who played five matches, have been promoted to the PCB Elite Panel of Umpires.

    The four have joined Ahsan Raza, Asif Yaqoob, Faisal Khan Afridi, Ghaffar Kazmi, Imran Jawed, Nasir Hussain Snr, Rashid Riaz, Saqib Khan, Shozab Raza, Syed Imtiaz Iqbal, Waleed Yaqub and Zameer Haider.

    There is no change in the PCB Elite Panel of Match Referees, which includes Ali Naqvi, Iftikhar Ahmed, Muhammad Anees, Muhammad Iqbal Sheikh, Nadeem Arshad and Prof Muhammad Javed Malik.

    Apart from the National T20, the elite panelists will officiate in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (27 September-30 November) and the Pakistan Cup (10 December-3 January). Ghaffar Kazmi and Zameer Haider will retire during the year.

    Aftab Gilani and Qasier Waheed have slipped to the PCB Supplementary Panel of Umpires, which includes few faces in Imranullah Aslam and Qaiser Khan. Other members of the panel are: Abdul Moqeet, Ahmed Shahab, Aslam Bareach, Farooq Ali Khan, Ghulam Sarwar, Kashif Sohail, Khalid Mehmood Snr, Majid Hussain, Mir Dad, Mohammad Imran and Zulfiqar Jan.

    There are two changes in the PCB Supplementary Panel of Match Referees. Former first-class cricketers Athar Laiq and Bilal Khilji have been added as Azizur Rehman and Tanveer Afzal will be retiring during the season.

    The match officials in the supplementary panel will be involved in the CA T20 (2-15 September), CA Championship (27 September-23 November) and CA Challenge (10-29 December).

    PCB Manager - Umpires and Referees, Bilal Qureshi: “We are pleased to confirm our match officials’ panels for the 2022-23 cricket season, which have been finalised following a robust appraisal and performance analysis process in which the match referees and captains reports from the last season were also considered.

    “I want to congratulate umpires Aaley Haider, Imranullah Aslam, Mohammad Asif, Muhammad Sajid Khan Afridi, Tariq Rasheed, and Qaiser Khan, who have earned promotions as well as Athar Laiq and Bilal Khilji, who share 281 first-class matches between them, for breaking into the supplementary panel of match referees.

    “Azizur Rehman, Ghaffar Kazmi, Tanveer Afzal and Zameer Haider will be retiring during the season and we will give them proper send-offs, but is appropriate at this stage to thank them for their contributions to the game and their role in enhancing the match officials’ image and profile.

    “Officiating is a challenging and thankless job, but our match officials have recently made big progress in decision-making and player-management, which has contributed in improving the overall health and quality of our domestic cricket. In recognition of this and for the first time, we have decided to introduce monthly retainers for the supplementary panel.

    “I remain confident that all the match officials will play their integral part in the successful delivery of the 2022-23 domestic cricket and, in the process, will attract more former cricketers to take up this noble profession.”

    PCB Elite Panel of Match Referees

    Ali Naqvi (Lahore), Iftikhar Ahmed (Karachi), Muhammad Anees (Lahore), Muhammad Iqbal Sheikh (Hyderabad), Nadeem Arshad (Faisalabad) and Prof Muhammad Javed Malik (Multan)


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