July 8, 2002

PCB announces domestic schedule for 2002-03 season

The Chairman of the PCB Cricket Management Committee, Iqbal Qasim on Monday announced the PCB Domestic Schedule for the next season at a press conference held at the PCB Head Office, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.

The text of the official statement made by him is attached.

On behalf of Cricket Management Committee of PCB, we have the honour to unfold the PCB Domestic schedule for the forthcoming season 2002-2003.

Generally, the Domestic Cricket in Pakistan has been the subject of bitter criticism since its inception. Whenever our national team faced debacle in a Tests series or World Cup, the Domestic Cricket was and is made the scapegoat blaming for its faulty structure. After thorough study of our Domestic Structure from the inception of BCCP in 1948, one can easily find out that there can only be two formats as follows: -

  1. Associations and Departments teams playing tournament separately. This format continued since 1988 through 1998 and then 2000-2002

  2. Or
  3. Associations and Departments team playing jointly in one tournament.
Both systems have their own merits and demerits.

ASSOCIATIONS / DEPARTMENTS PLAYING SEPARATELY

MERITS:
  1. The players have more chances to play first class matches i.e from Departments as well from their respective Associations.
  2. The Departmental tournament becomes more competitive whereas Associations tournaments lack competition.
DEMERITS:
  1. Inclusion of Departmental players in the Associations teams denied the chances of young promising players to play at top level. Lack of competitive cricket among Associations (except few).
  2. The discarded Test Cricketers or Veteran first class players surfaced again and again, at the same time and young cricketer managed to do well in batting and bowling department in one season and create false impression. Experience revealed that during last many years a number of players have been tried out on this basis of their performance in QAT and most of them faded out, due to their faulty technique, or their inability to cope with required standard of the game.
ASSOCIATIONS/DEPARTMENTS TEAM PLAYING JOINTLY

MERITS:

  1. Large number of young and promising player will get a chance to play first class cricket from respective Association and their talent
  2. be tested out against Departmental teams consisting of experienced bowlers and batsmen.
  3. The promising / talented players of Associations will learn better skills from better player of Departments while playing together.
DEMERITS:

  1. Association while playing with Department may not win tournament and face difficulties against competitive bowling and batting. However, the standard of Association will improve with passage of time.
The new format for the forthcoming season 2002-2003 has been formulated in light of the suggestions and recommendations of seminar on Domestic Structure organized by the PCB on 4th May 2002. The stalwarts of past and present era and well known cricketing personalities like Fazal Mahmood, Hanif Muhamamd, Waqar Hassan, Javed Burki, Saeed Ahmad, Intikhab Alam, Wasim Bari, Ramiz Raja, Aamir Sohail, Abdul Qadir, Haroon Rashid, Aaqib Javed, Mudassar Nazar, Ejaz Butt, Sultan Rana, Gul Hameed Bhatti, Sirajul Islam Bukhari, Khawaja Zafar and Ashraf Qureshi attended the seminar.

The salient features of the seminar were: -

  1. Stress to ensure the quality of first class cricket.
  2. The idea of Super League comprising top players of the country be held.
  3. The selection of Association teams should be made on merit.
The Domestic Structure 2002-2003 is attached

The highlights of the Domestic Structure 2002-2003 is as under: -

FIRST CLASS CRICKET: -

To improve the quality of first class cricket: -
  1. Introduction of Super League to be played among the top players of the country (First Class plus One day)
  2. Separate first class tournament of Associations and Departments be merged into one tournament i.e QAT. Bottom team of Department plus one bottom team of Association will be relegated to Kardar Trophy and Cornelius Trophy.
  3. PCB Eleven, consisting of second string of National players will participate in QAT.
  4. Keeping in view the popularity of One day tournament world over, due importance has given to domestic tournament and only 16 top teams (8 Associations Plus 8 Departments) of QAT will play One Day tournament and it will be called 'Patron's Cup'.
NON FIRST CLASS: -
8 new districts have been granted the playing rights on the basis of availability of cricket set up. (Killa Abdullah, Khairpur, Bahawalnagar, Bhakkar, Swabi, Charsada, Mansehra and Chitral)

KARDAR TROPHY:
The Patron's Trophy Grade-II has been renamed as Kardar Trophy to pay tribute to the first Pakistan Test Captain and former Chairman BCCP Mr. A. H Kardar.

CORNELIUS TROPHY:
In QAT Grade-II 43 teams participated in the last Domestic season including 20 teams of new districts. In order to improve the quality of this tournament, the duration has been increased from 2 to 3 days and two bottom teams of each pool have been pulled out and placed in the new tournament i.e PCB Trophy. QAT Grade-II has been renamed after Late Justice Cornelius, Former Chairman of the then BCCP, now PCB.

PCB TROPHY:
A new tournament has been introduced, comprising of 20 bottom teams of QAT G-II and 8 new districts have been given playing rights. Total of 28 teams will participate in PCB Trophy. The duration of this tournament is of 2 day.

Winner of the Kardar Trophy and Cornelius Trophy will be upgraded to QAT, in the next domestic season.

JUNIOR COMPETITION

UNDER-19 GRADE-I
To give due importance to One Day Tournament at grass root level, the Under-19 One Day tournament will be held separately, so that Association may select fresh team of junior players who are good in one day competition. Total of 12 teams of Associations are placed in 3 group and top teams of each group will play triangular series on double league basis preferably at GSL.

UNDER-19 GRADE-II
To have competitive spirit and to enhance the quality of Under-19 G-II, the two bottom teams of each group have been pulled out, and duration of the tournament has been increased from 2 to 3 days.

UNDER-19 GRADE-III
A new tournament has been introduced comprising of 19 bottom teams of Under-19 G-II plus 8 new districts have been given playing rights. Total of 27 teams will participate in Under-19 Grade-III tournament. This will be of One Day duration.

Further more, the Rules plus Playing Conditions are amended as under:

  1. Department and Associations will submit 20 names of their player for registration and rest of the players will be allowed to play for any Association as per rules.
  2. In the forthcoming first class tournament the Kookaburra balls will be used during the matches. The PCB has arranged and will supply against subsided rates. This will help in enhancing the quality of play.
  3. To raise the standard of the domestic cricket, it is imperative to evoke competitive sprit among the Association. An Association may include maximum of 5 guest players in a playing XI, in all domestic tournaments including Under-19.
  4. A player can play for only one Association in all domestic tournaments in one domestic season except players participated in Under-19 competition, are exempted and can represent any Association in QAT Trophy or Cornelius Trophy or PCB Trophy as local player, if eligible under rules or as a guest player. For this a residential qualification period has been reduced from one year to six months. Once he has represented any Association in QAT, Cornelius and PCB Trophy, then he can not play for any other Association during the same domestic season.

FIRST CLASS TOURNAMENTS

Tournament

Status

Duration of Tourament

No. of Teams

No. of Matches

Duration per Match

Mode of Tournament

SUPER LEAGUE HOME AND AWAY

First Class

25th March 2003 to 18th May 2003

4

13

4 Day

Double League

QUAID-E-AZAM TROPHY

First Class (Associations+
Departments+PCB XI)

10th Dec. 2002 to 10th Feb 2003

25

73

4 Day

4 Groups (Pool Matches on league basis)

TOTAL MATCHES

86


ONE DAY TOURNAMENTS

Tournament

Status

Duration of Tourament

No. of Teams

No. of Matches

Duration per Match

Mode of Tournament

SUPER LEAGUE HOME AND AWAY

Non First Class

25th March 2003 to 18th May 2003

4

13

One Day

Double League

PATRON'S CUP (National One Day)

Non First Class

20th Feb. 2003 to 11th March 2003

16

59

One Day

2 Groups

TOTAL MATCHES

72


NON FIRST CLASS TOURNAMENTS

Tournament

Status

Duration of Tourament

No. of Teams

No. of Matches

Duration per Match

Mode of Tournament

KARDAR TROPHY(PATRON'S TROPHY G-II)

Non First Class

9th Oct 2002 to 2nd Nov 2002

9

17

3 Day

2 Groups

CORNELIUS TROPHY(QAT G-II)

Non First Class

21st Jan. 2003 to 24th Feb 2003

23

47

3 Day

Region Wise

PCB TROPHY (NEW ADDITION GRADE-III)

Non First Class

16th Feb. 2003 to 13th March 2003

28

54

2 Day

Region Wise

TOTAL MATCHES

118


JUNIOR COMPETITIONS

Tournament

Status

Duration of Tourament

No. of Teams

No. of Matches

Duration per Match

Mode of Tournament

U-19 GRADE-I

Non First Class

1st Sep to 4th Oct 2002

12

33

3 Day

2 Groups

U-19 GRADE-I

Non First Class

7th to 22nd Oct 2002

12

25

One Day

3 Groups

U-19 GRADE-II

Non First Class

1st Sep to 9th Oct 2002

26

60

3 Day

Region Wise

U-19 GRADE-III

Non First Class

26th Sep to 12th Oct 2002

27

50

One Day

Region Wise

TOTAL MATCHES

168



TOURNAMENT (DATE WISE)
1) UNDER-19 GRADE-I (3 DAY) 1ST SEPTEMBER - 4TH OCTOBER 2002
2) UNDER-19 GRADE-II (3 DAY) 1ST SEPTEMBER - 14TH OCTOBER 2002
3) UNDER-19 GRADE-III (ONE DAY) 26TH SEPTEMBER - 12TH OCTOBER 2002
(NEW INDUCTION)
4) KARDAR TROPHY (3 DAY) 9TH OCTOBER - 2ND NOVEMBER 2002
(PREVIOUS NAME PATRON'S TROPHY G-II)
RAMZAN BREAK
5) QUAID-E-AZAM TROPHY 10TH DECEMBER - 10TH FEBRUARY 2003
6) CORNELIUS TROPHY (3 DAY ) 21ST JANUARY - 24TH FEBRUARY 2003
(PREVIOUS NAME QUAID-E-AZAM TROPHY G-II)
7) PCB TROPHY (2 DAY) 16TH FEBRUARY - 13TH MARCH 2003
(NEW INDUCTION)
8) PATRON'S CUP (ONE DAY) 20TH FEBRUARY - 11TH MARCH 2002
(PREVIOUS NAME ONE DAY NATIONAL TOURNAMENT)
9) SUPER LEAGUE 25TH MARCH - 18TH MAY 2003
(ONE DAY + 4 DAY)


PROPOSED TEAMS UNDER-19

GRADE - I

  1. LCCA(W)
  2. LCCA(B)
  3. KCCA(W)
  4. KCCA(B)
  5. BAHAWALPUR
  6. SHEIKHUPURA
  7. QUETTA
  8. PESHAWAR
  9. RAWALPINDI
  10. KOHAT
  11. FATA
  12. ISLAMABAD
GRADE - II

SINDH

  1. LARKANA
  2. SHIKARPUR
  3. MIRPURKHAS
  4. HYDERABAD
  5. BADIN
  6. SUKKUR
NWFP
  1. AJK
  2. MARDAN
  3. HARIPUR
  4. BANNU
  5. D.I.KHAN
BALUCHISTAN
  1. CHAGHI
  2. TURBAT
  3. SIBI
  4. PISHIN
PUNJAB
  1. MULTAN
  2. R.Y.KHAN
  3. OKARA
  4. KASUR
  5. SARGODHA
  6. ATTOCK
  7. JEHLUM
  8. SIALKOT
  9. GUJRAT
  10. FAISALABAD
  11. GUJRANWALA
TOTAL NO. OF TEAMS 26
GRADE - III

SINDH
  1. NAWABSHAH
  2. JACOBABAD
  3. DADU
  4. THATTA
  5. KHAIRPUR (NEW)
    NWFP

  1. SWAT
  2. NORTHERN AREAS
  3. NOWSHEHRA
  4. ABBOTTABAD
  5. MANSEHRA (NEW)
  6. CHITRAL (NEW)
  7. CHARSADA (NEW)
  8. SWABI (NEW)

    BALUCHISTAN

  1. KALAT
  2. NASEERABAD
  3. LORALAI
  4. QILLA ABDULLAH (NEW)

    PUNJAB

  1. D.G.KHAN
  2. RAJANPUR
  3. SAHIWAL
  4. VEHARI
  5. MIANWALI
  6. JHANG
  7. HAFIZABAD
  8. KHANEWAL
  9. BAHAWALNAGAR (NEW)
  10. BHAKKAR (NEW)

TOTAL NO. OF TEAMS 27


QUAID-E-AZAM TROPHY
  1. LCCA(W)
  2. LCCA(B)
  3. KCCA(W)
  4. KCCA(B)
  5. SHEIKHUPURA
  6. RAWALPINDI
  7. SARGODHA
  8. DADU
  9. PESHAWAR
  10. MULTAN
  11. BAHAWALPUR
  12. GUJRANWALA
  13. FAISALABAD
  14. SIALKOT
  15. HABIB BANK
  16. PIA
  17. CUSTOM
  18. ABL
  19. KRL
  20. NBP
  21. ADBP
  22. SERVICE INDUSTRIES
  23. PPWD
  24. WAPDA
  25. PCB ELEVEN
KARDAR TROPHY (PREVIOUS NAME PAT G-II)
  1. ARL
  2. SAGA SPORTS
  3. KESC
  4. PTCL
  5. SUI GAS
  6. PAKISTAN ARMY
  7. PAF
  8. UGC
  9. PEB

EIGHT NEW DISTRICTS

  1. KHAIRPUR
  2. MANSEHRA
  3. CHITRAL
  4. CHARSADA
  5. SWABI
  6. QILLA ABDULLAH
  7. BAHAWALNAGAR
  8. BHAKKAR

CORNELIUS TROPHY
(PREVIOUS NAME QAT-II)


SINDH
  1. NAWABSHAH
  2. LARKANA
  3. SUKKUR
  4. HYDERABAD
  5. THATTA

NWFP

  1. MARDAN
  2. NOWSHEHRA
  3. HARIPUR
  4. FATA
  5. D.I.KHAN
  6. KOHAT
BALUCHISTAN
  1. QUETTA
  2. NASEERABAD
  3. SIBI
  4. PISHIN
PUNJAB
  1. RAHIMYAR KHAN
  2. RAJANPUR
  3. ISLAMABAD
  4. OKARA
  5. MIANWALI
  6. ATTOCK
  7. GUJRAT
  8. JHANG
TOTAL NO. OF TEAMS 23

PCB TROPHY
(NEW INDUCTION)


SINDH
  1. JACOBABAD
  2. SHIKARPUR
  3. MIRPURKHAS
  4. BADIN
  5. KHAIRPUR (NEW)
NWFP
  1. SWAT
  2. NORTHERN AREAS
  3. BANNU
  4. ABBOTTABAD
  5. MANSHERA (NEW)
  6. CHITRAL (NEW)
  7. CHARSADA (NEW)
  8. SWABI (NEW)
BALUCHISTAN
  1. KALAT
  2. TURBAT
  3. LORALAI
  4. CHAGI
  5. QILLA ABDULLAH (NEW)
PUNJAB
  1. VEHARI
  2. D.G.KHAN
  3. SAHIWAL
  4. KASUR
  5. AJK
  6. JEHLUM
  7. HAFIZABAD
  8. KHANEWAL
  9. BAHAWALNAGAR (NEW)
  10. BHAKAR (NEW)
TOTAL NO. OF TEAMS 28

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