Pakistan domestic news November 28, 2012

Bahawalpur new addition to Faysal Bank T-20

The PCB has announced a new format and a new team for its domestic Twenty20 tournament, and created a window for it in the 2012-13 season by indefinitely pushing back the President Trophy final, which was scheduled to begin on December 3. Bahawalpur is the new team in the T20 competition.

The Faysal Bank T-20 Cup will begin on December 1 and its final will be on December 9, and it will be held entirely in Lahore. The 14 teams were divided into two groups of seven each and the tournament will comprise 45 matches. The top two teams from each group will contest the semi-finals.

Defending champions Sialkot Stallions were pooled in Group A with Lahore Lions, Islamabad Leopards, Karachi Zebras, Abbottabad Falcons, Quetta Bears and Multan Tigers. Group B comprises Karachi Dolphins, Rawalpindi Rams, Faisalabad Wolves, Bahawalpur Stags, Peshawar Panthers, Lahore Eagles and Hyderabad Hawks. Apart from Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore City Cricket Association Ground and the historical Bagh-e-Jinnah Ground will stage the games.

The tournament was originally scheduled to be played in Karachi from December 2 to 10. "Karachi was our a definite choice but we have been monitoring the circumstances in Karachi, so in the larger interest of the cricket we have decided to hold the event in Lahore." Zakir Khan, PCB's director of domestic cricket operations, said.

Last year, Rawalpindi was first given hosting rights but after the local authorities could not complete renovation on the dilapidated stadium in time, the event was shifted to Lahore. In 2010-11, the T20 tournament was shifted from Lahore to Karachi owing to the outbreak of dengue in the Punjab province.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Pakistan Television Sports is televising the matches

  • hani on November 30, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    ptv sports

  • romi on November 29, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    can somebody tell me which channel will telecast the match live.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I also don't like this one host city format. It should be played in different cities. home crowd would like to cheer for their team.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    I don't like this one host city format. It should be played across all the cities of Pakistan in a format like that IPL, where each team plays eachother twice once at home and once away.

  • Babar on November 29, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    good news for the struglers of punjaab

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Really is a good move by PCB. good to see BWP too in the competition. I appreciate.

  • Mir Sher on November 29, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    Welcome Bahawalpur Stags...

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Finally i have a real team to support :D

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