PCB reschedules final of President's Trophy, clash with elections expected

The venue for the final will be confirmed in due course

By Web Desk
January 25, 2024
WAPDA team celebrates after taking a wicket. - PCB

The final of the President's Trophy Grade I 2023-24, set to be played between WAPDA and SNGPL, has been rescheduled and will now take place from February 6 to 10 in Karachi, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a press release on Thursday.

The venue for the final will be confirmed in due course, the PCB added.

“After careful consideration and in the spirit of fairness, we have decided to accommodate the request from one of the finalist teams to reschedule the President Trophy final,” Nadeem Khan, Director Domestic Cricket Operations, said.

"The return of the departments to domestic cricket has been a welcome change. This tournament has been a success with 21 matches taking place in seven rounds among seven departmental teams. We are confident that the final will also be played with the same competitive spirit and we wish good luck to both the finalists."

The final was originally set to be held from January 27 but has been changed due to the Sindh Premier League, since some of the players will be busy playing in that event.

However, the new dates will clash with the elections in Pakistan on February 8, which could pose a problem for both the teams.

Scores in brief (seventh round)

WAPDA beat PTV by three wickets at National Bank Stadium

PTV 146 all out, 39.4 overs (Uzair Mumtaz 46, Hasan Mohsin 43, Mohammad Ibtisam 19 not out; Asif Afridi 5-67, Khalid Usman 3-43, Ali Shafiq 2-11) and 202 all out, 57 overs (Muhammad Shahzad 53, Taimur Khan 38, Mohammad Junaid 34 not out; Asif Afridi 4-87, Khalid Usman 3-74, Tahir Hussain 2-20)

WAPDA 124 all out, 34.1 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 30, Asif Afridi 24, Muhammad Akhlaq 22; Faisal Akram 7-47) and 227-7, 41 overs (Muhammad Akhlaq 100, Ahmed Shehzad 64, Ayaz Tasawar 25; Mohammad Junaid 3-82, Faisal Akram 3-92)

Ghani Glass beat SBP by two wickets at UBL Sports Complex

SBP 278 all out, 70.4 overs (Umar Amin 69, Mohammad Mohsin 61, Usman Salahuddin 50; Mohammad Rameez Jnr 4-122, Shoaib Akhtar 3-39, Saeed Ali 1-41, Ghulam Haider 1-44) and 179 all out, 43.3 overs (Umar Amin 104, Rameez Aziz 34, Usman Salahuddin 15; Mohammad Rameez Jnr 6-59, Ahad Malik 2-27, Ghulam Haider 1-36)

Ghani Glass 282-9, 80 overs (Saad Nasim 53, Muhammad Azeem Ghumman 47, Shan Masood 32, Shahbaz Javed 32; Kashif Bhatti 5-99) and 179-8, 49.1 overs (Saeed Ali 40, Shan Masood 34, Saad Nasim 29; Afaq Afridi 3-19, Zahid Mehmood 2-35, Kashif Bhatti 2-67)

SNGPL beat HEC by 109 runs at State Bank Stadium

SNGPL 279 all out, 77.4 overs (Saud Shakeel 102, Mubasir Khan 55, Mir Hamza 40, Azhar Ali 36; Waseem Akram 4-50, Abdul Rehman 2-65) and 351-5 dec, 78 overs (Kamran Ghulam 104, Omair Bin Yousuf 82, Saud Shakeel 49, Asad Shafiq 42; Asif Ali Chandio 2-79)

HEC 257 all out, 72 overs (Saad Khan 91, Mohammad Huraira 85, Mohammad Mohsin Khan 27; Mir Hamza 4-53, Mohammad Ali 3-37) and 264 all out, 76.1 overs (Saad Khan 65, Muhammad Ghazi Ghori 54, Muhammad Awais Zafar 50; Shahnawaz Dahani 5-54, Mohammad Awais Anwar 2-48, Mubasir Khan 2-56)