AYCA to participate in Pakistan Champions Cricket League 2012
Pakistan Champions Cricket League 2012 from May 20 , 2012
KARACHI: The second Pakistan Champions League T20 Cricket Tournament 2012, also featuring a bunch of foreign teams, will be held here at different venues from May 20 to June 2.
In the 14-day event, Barry Club from Canada, Sharjah Club from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Riaz Cricket Association XI (Saudi Arabia) and Afghanistan Youth Club will also show their worth.
This would be the first high-profile tournament at club level in the country if foreign teams managed to appear.
Provincial Minister for Youth Affairs Syed Faisal Sabzwari on Friday briefed the media here at a local hotel about the event which will be opened with an exhibition match between Showbiz XI and Karachi XI here at the RLCA Ground in Korangi on May 20 at 8pm. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan will be the chief guest on the occasion.
Faisal said that clubs from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were also being contacted for participation and hopefully they would join in.
Geo Super will televise all the matches of the competition. Teams from hosts Karachi as well as Quetta, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, FATA, Hyderabad, Dadu, Burewala, Sialkot, Peshawar, Rahim Yar Khan, Abbottabad, Faisalabad and Multan will participate in the event.
The 32 teams have been bracketed in eight groups.
Group A: Nazimabad Gymkhana, Vital Sports, Ghori Sports, FATA's Khyber Greens.
Group B: Airport Gymkhana, United Sports, Faisalabad, Multan.
Group C: Pakistan Cricket Club, AO Cricket Club, Burewala Cricket Club, Rawalpindi. Group D: Malir Gymkhana, Quetta, Tando Adam and Sialkot's CA Sports.
Group E: Dawood Sports, Korangi Al Fateh, Abbottabad, Sharjah Club (UAE).
Group F: Pak Korangi, Malir Companion, Muslim Gymkhana and Barry Club (Canada).
Group G: Royal Cricket Club, Landhi Gymkhana, Model Town, Riyadh Cricket Association (KSA).
Group H: M Hussain Club, Asifabad, Lahore's Zaidi Sports, Afghanistan Youth.
Top two teams from each group will enter the knock-out stage. The matches will be held at the RLCA Korangi Ground and Landhi Gymkhana. Quarter-finals, semifinals and the final will be held at the RLCA Ground in Korangi under floodlights.
The winners will get a purse of $20,000 while the runners-up will get richer by $10,000. The losing semifinalists will be given $2000 each.
Faisal said that effort would be made to enhance the prize money. He said that effort would be made to provide decent board and lodging to the foreign teams. The air-fare of the foreign teams will also be met by the tournament committee.
Faisal said that at a time when the Bangladesh cricket team's tour to Pakistan has been postponed, if foreign clubs managed to turn up for the tournament, it would send a good message and would help revive the international cricket in the country.
He said that Test level umpires and the PCB match referees would supervise the matches. Several international cricketers from across the country are also likely to represent different sides, adding charm to the event.
The event is being held under the auspices of the Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA), RLCA, Landhi and Korangi Cricket Associations.