Pak to organise 10 day-night first-class matches this season
LAHORE—Pakistan’s first-class season will witness 10 day-night affairs in the 2016-17 season of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
The decision, reported by , is taken to prepare country’s top-cricketers for the first day-night Test to be played at Brisbane during the tour of Australia later this year.
The format of the Quaid-e-Azam trophy has been retained from last year; it had changed almost every second year on average, and last season’s revamp was the third such change in the last five years. There has been a change in the one-day structure though. The National One-Day Cup, which featured 16 teams divided into two pools last season, has now been split into two tournaments - one with eight regional teams and the other with eight de- partment teams. The Pakistan Cup, which replaced the Pentangular Cup recently, will continue to have five provincial teams. The domestic season will kick-off with the National Super Eight T20 Cup in the last week of August.
The top 12 teams of the last season — six regional and six departmental — will automatically secure berths and the last four spots will be filled by the 14 teams after contesting in a qualification round.
In an extraordinary move, the Pakistan Cricket Board has increased the players’ match fees by 100 per cent. Meaning that the players competing for the regional fee will earn 50 pc of the international match fee of the format.
The cricket board has been experimenting with the pink ball for last six seasons. The last day-night affair on Pakistani soil received wide criticism by the experts and cricketers due to the invisibility of the ball.
The final of the said trophy between United Bank Limited (UBL) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) earlier this year saw the maximum total of only 238 runs by the Misbah-led SNGPL which went on to win the match by 6 wickets.
Though the PCB was pleased with the trial, the major concern among the players was the visibility of the ball and its quality once it got older. Most of the players backed having more games with the pink ball to get familiar with its behaviour.— APP