Quaid-i-Azam Trophy

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Quaid-i-Azam Trophy
Countries Pakistan Pakistan
Administrator Pakistan Cricket Board
Format First Class (4-day)
Final: 5 day
First tournament 1953–54
Last tournament 2014–15
Number of teams 26
Current champion SNGPL (2nd title)
Most successful Karachi cricket teams (20 titles)
Website Quaid-e-Azam Trophy – ESPNcricinfo

The Quaid-i-Azam Trophy (a.k.a. Quaid-e-Azam Trophy) is a domestic first-class cricket championship played in Pakistan between teams representing regional cricket associations.

History[edit]

Named after Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, who was known as "Quaid-i-Azam" (Great Leader), the trophy was introduced in the 1953-54 season to help the selectors pick the squad for Pakistan's Test tour of England in 1954. Five regional and two departmental teams competed in the first competition: Bahawalpur, Punjab, Karachi, North-West Frontier Province, Sindh, Combined Services and Pakistan Railways.

The competition has been contested sometimes by regional teams, sometimes by departmental teams, and sometimes by a mixture of the two. In 1956–57 it was decided that Karachi and Punjab would have to enter three teams each, to make the teams more evenly matched.

Karachi has won the trophy 20 times(most by any team).

The league restructuring (2011)[edit]

Shortly after the end of the 2009–10 tournament the Pakistan Cricket Board announced a new format that will see twenty-two teams split into division one and division two. The Board felt that two divisions would help the smaller teams compete with others at a similar level and would make the spotting of young talent easier as a result. This also meant that domestic revenues increased as a result due to more balanced fixtures that were less predictable.[1]

The league restructuring (2012–13)[edit]

In 2012–13 season of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, 14 regional teams have been divided into two groups of seven, with top four teams from each group progressing to the super league while the remaining six would be playing in the plate league. The league toppers will contest in their respective league finals. Either way, each team will at least play eight matches apart from the final.

The new regional teams are allowed to recruit five players from the old department sides, of whom four can be part of the playing XI. In a bid to give bowlers exposure to internationally recognized cricket balls, the board has also made the use of Kookaburra balls mandatory for the tournament.[2]

New format for 2014-15[edit]

In 2014-15 there were 26 teams, 14 regional and 12 departmental. Six of each type (the top six teams from the 2013-14 Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, and the top six from the 2013-14 President’s Trophy) made up the Gold League, in which each of the 12 teams was scheduled to play each other once, with a final at the end of the round-robin series. The Silver League consisted of two groups, each with four regional and three departmental teams; in each group each team would play each other once, followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final. The competition ran from October to December.

Winners[edit]

Year Winning team Runner-up Number of teams Regional Departmental Number of matches Format
1953/54 Bahawalpur Punjab 7 5 2 6 knockout; semi-finals
1954/55 Karachi Combined Services 9 7 2 8 knockout; semi-finals
1955/56 not held
1956/57 Punjab Karachi Whites 13 11 2 18 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1957/58 Bahawalpur Karachi C 15 13 2 26 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1958/59 Karachi Combined Services 12 9 3 16 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1959/60 Karachi Lahore 13 10 3 12 knockout; quarter-finals
1960/61 not held
1961/62 Karachi Blues Combined Services 15 13 2 28 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1962/63 Karachi A Karachi B 16 13 3 27 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1963/64 Karachi Blues Karachi Whites 15 13 2 14 knockout; quarter-finals
1964/65 Karachi Blues Lahore 26 18 8 24 knockout; semi-finals
1965/66 not held
1966/67 Karachi Pakistan Railways 7 6 1 6 knockout; semi-finals
1967/68 not held
1968/69 Lahore Karachi 12 11 1 11 knockout; quarter-finals
1969/70 PIA PWD 20 15 5 34 5 round-robin groups; pre-semi-final
1970/71 Karachi Blues Punjab University 20 11 9 19 knockout; semi-finals
1971/72 not held
1972/73 Pakistan Railways Sind 7 4 3 6 knockout; semi-finals
1973/74 Pakistan Railways Sind 7 4 3 6 knockout; semi-finals
1974/75 Punjab A Sind A 10 6 4 9 knockout; quarter-finals
1975/76 National Bank Punjab A 10 6 4 9 knockout; quarter-finals
1976/77 United Bank National Bank 12 6 6 11 knockout; quarter-finals
1977/78 Habib Bank National Bank 12 6 6 11 knockout; quarter-finals
1978/79 National Bank Habib Bank 12 4 8 11 knockout; quarter-finals
1979/80 PIA National Bank 11 3 8 18 4 groups; final round-robin
1980/81 United Bank PIA 10 2 8 45 round-robin
1981/82 National Bank United Bank 10 3 7 45 round-robin
1982/83 United Bank National Bank 10 3 7 45 round-robin
1983/84 National Bank United Bank 10 0 10 45 round-robin
1984/85 United Bank Pakistan Railways 12 2 10 33 2 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1985/86 Karachi Pakistan Railways 12 6 6 66 round-robin
1986/87 National Bank United Bank 12 4 8 66 round-robin
1987/88 PIA United Bank 13 4 9 39 2 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1988/89 ADBP Habib Bank 8 0 8 29 round-robin; final
1989/90 PIA United Bank 8 0 8 57 round-robin; final
1990/91 Karachi Whites Bahawalpur 8 8 0 31 round-robin; semi-finals
1991/92 Karachi Whites Lahore 9 9 0 39 round-robin; semi-finals
1992/93 Karachi Whites Sargodha 8 8 0 31 round-robin; semi-finals
1993/94 Lahore Karachi Whites 8 8 0 31 round-robin; semi-finals
1994/95 Karachi Blues Lahore 10 10 0 48 round-robin; semi-finals
1995/96 Karachi Blues Karachi Whites 10 10 0 48 round-robin; semi-finals
1996/97 Lahore Karachi Whites 8 8 0 31 round-robin; semi-finals
1997/98 Karachi Blues Peshawar 10 10 0 46 round-robin; final
1998/99 Peshawar Karachi Whites 11 11 0 56 round-robin; final
1999/00 PIA Habib Bank 23 11 12 122 2 round-robin groups; final
2000/01 Lahore Blues Karachi Whites 12 12 0 67 round-robin; final
2001/02 Karachi Whites Peshawar 18 18 0 73 2 round-robin groups; final
2002/03 PIA KRL 24 13 11 75 4 round-robin groups; pre-quarter-finals
2003/04 Faisalabad Sialkot 9 9 0 36 round-robin
2004/05 Peshawar Faisalabad 11 11 0 56 round-robin; final
2005/06 Sialkot Faisalabad 7 7 0 22 round-robin; final
2006/07 Karachi Urban Sialkot 7 7 0 22 round-robin; final
2007/08 SNGPL Habib Bank 22 13 9 111 2 round-robin groups; final
2008/09 Sialkot KRL 22 13 9 111 2 round-robin groups; final
2009/10 Karachi Blues Habib Bank 22 13 9 111 2 round-robin groups; final
2010/11 Habib Bank PIA 22 13 9 113 2 round-robin divisions; 2 finals
2011/12 PIA ZTBL 22 13 9 113 2 round-robin divisions; 2 finals
2012/13 Karachi Blues Sialkot 14 14 0 62 2 round-robin groups; 4 round-robin pools; 2 finals
2013/14 Rawalpindi Islamabad 14 14 0 61 2 round-robin groups; 4 round-robin pools; final
2014/15 SNGPL National Bank 26 14 12 116 2 divisions: round-robin, then final in Gold League; 2 round-robin groups, quarter-finals in Silver League

Karachi teams have won the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy 20 times, PIA 7, National Bank 5, Lahore teams and United Bank 4, Bahawalpur, Habib Bank, Peshawar, Punjab, Railways, Sialkot and SNGPL 2, ADBP, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi 1.

NB: "Regional" teams represent cities, districts and provinces. "Departmental" teams represent institutions, corporations, and government departments and instrumentalities. "Number of matches" includes matches scheduled but not played.

Records[edit]

World records[edit]

Partnership Runs Players Team Opposition Venue Season
1 580 (2nd wicket) Rafatullah Mohmand & Aamer Sajjad Water and Power Development Authority Sui Northern Gas Pipelines National Stadium, Karachi 2009–10
Source: Cricinfo.com. Last updated: 7 December 2009.

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