Central Punjab defeated Northern by an innings and 16 runs at National Stadium, Karachi despite a stubborn resistance in the second innings by the Northern's batsmen.
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Nine centres will host 31 fixtures of the mega domestic event, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019-20 to be played from September 14 to December 9.
In the opening round from 14-17 September, Sindh and Balochistan will go head to head at the UBL Sports Complex in Karachi, while Gaddafi Stadium will be the venue of the derby match between Central and Southern Punjab. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will lock horns with Northern at the Abbottabad Stadium.
Balochistan will feature in all the four matches at Bugti Stadium – second round fixture against Southern Punjab (21-24 September), the third round fixture against Central Punjab (28 Sep-1 Oct), the fifth-round fixture against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (28-31 Oct) and a sixth-round fixture against Southern Punjab (4-7 Nov).
While Bugti Stadium will host four matches, other venues to grace the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches are:
Abbottabad Stadium, Abbottabad – 6
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore – 3
Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad – 3
Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot – 1
KRL Stadium, Rawalpindi – 3
National Stadium, Karachi – 5 (including 9-13 Dec final)
State Bank Stadium, Karachi – 1
UBL Sports Complex, Karachi – 5
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019-20 Teams:
After the first four rounds, the red ball cricket will come to a halt to make the window for T20 cricket. This is being done to provide the selectors with the opportunity to select in-form T20 players ahead of the crucial three-match T20I series against Australia Down Under.
The First and Second XI T20 tournaments, running simultaneously, will also help the HBL Pakistan Super League franchises to spot players ahead of the player draft for the next year’s edition.
To groom further the domestic cricketers for the demanding challenges of Test cricket, for the first time in domestic cricket, the PCB has decided to implement the no-toss rule, which will provide the visiting teams will an option of bowling first. This will act as a deterrent for the home sides from doctoring the pitches in their favor and compel them to prepare pitches that provide the right balance between bat and ball for four days.