Lahore Qalandars trounce PCB XI in exhibition match

The T10 match was played at the Narowal Sports City

By Web Desk
May 28, 2023

Lahore Qalandars XI trounced the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) XI by 10 wickets in the T10 exhibition match at the Narowal Sports City on Sunday.

Chasing a target of 120 runs, Qalandars reached home in 7.4 overs. 

Opener Fakhar Zaman led the charge for the Qalandars and remained unbeaten on 68 runs in 23 balls.

Zaman's fellow opener Tahir Baig also provided great support with 51 runs in 23 balls.

Earlier, the PCB XI had set a target of 120 runs after winning the toss and deciding to bat against Lahore Qalandars XI 

Asif Ali looked in great touch with the bat and smashed the bowlers to all parts of the ground. He also hit Haris Rauf for four consecutive sixes in an over and remained unbeaten on 62 runs in only 26 balls. 

Lahore were led by pacer Rauf, meanwhile veteran wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal was in charge of the PCB XI. 

The decision to organise the T10 match was taken last week during a meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Planning Development & Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal.

“The key objective is to provide the best platform to the youth of the country to sharpen their skills. The complex provides the best setting and hopefully would help in grooming future generations in a big way. Youth of the country has huge potential to transform the country,” said Iqbal while chairing the meeting.

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is expected to be the guest of honour at the launching ceremony of the state-of-the-art complex. 

The Narowal Sports City has 14 stadiums and gymnasiums for different games such as cricket, football, hockey, volleyball, squash, table tennis, lawn tennis and badminton.

The previous PTI government handed over the Narowal Sports City funds misappropriation cases simultaneously to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The change of power at the centre resulted in giving a clean chit to the project which is now heading for completion.


Lahore: Fakhar Zaman, Tahir Baig, Mohammad Naeem, Faham-ul-Haq, Haydar Shah Khan, Ahsan Hafeez, Taha Mahmood, Salman Fayyaz, Haris Rauf, Hunain Shah and Tayyab Abbas.

PCB: Kamran Akmal, Abid Ali, Ali Imran, Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Abdul Wahid, Mohammad Akhlaq, Abbas Afridi, Usman Qadir, Sajid Khan and Mohammad Ilyas.