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PCB introduces CA Divisional U19 tournament

PCB introduces CA Divisional U19 tournament
PCB introduces CA Divisional U19 tournament
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Four hundred and eighty teenage cricketers will get an opportunity to participate in the newly-launched 24-team Cricket Associations Divisional U19 Tournament. The event will run from 10-16 June in five Cricket Associations, while the event will be held from 11-17 June in the Southern Punjab cricket Associations’ jurisdiction.

These 480 cricketers are a combination of players who had excelled in the recently-concluded 93-team City Cricket Association (CCA) U19 tournament and those enrolled into the PCB’s 100 Best Programme but are above 16 years of age and under 19 years of age.

The best performers from the CA Divisional U19 Tournament will be joined by the outstanding performers from last year’s National U19 Championship (three-day) and Cup (one-day) tournaments in the 2022-23 National U19 Championship and Cup, which will be held from between 26 June and 13 August.

The CA Divisional U19 Tournament is a new addition to the PCB domestic calendar and will serve as a launching pad for the National U19 Championship/Cup. The additional event in the PCB Pathways Programme supplements the increase in teams from six to 12 in last year’s National U19 events.

Nadeem Khan, Director - High Performance: “The CA Divisional U19 tournament is an important addition to the PCB Domestic Cricket Calendar as it will not only provide more clarity to the PCB Pathways Programme, but will also provide additional matches to the budding cricketers in a more competitive and challenging competitive at the age-group level.

“The CA Divisional U19 tournament is also a reward to the high-performing players from the CCA U19 tournament and will also serve as an incentive for them to move up the ladder, provided they continue to demonstrate high-level skills, fitness and performances.”

Each of the six Cricket Associations will field four teams with each side to comprise 20 players.

Balochistan CA teams will comprise players from the Quetta, Rakhsan, Loralai, Zhob, Makran, Kalat, Naseerabad and Sibi divisions; Central Punjab will comprise players from the Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Gujranwala and Sialkot divisions; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sides will include players from the Peshawar, Kohat, Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, DI Khan and Bannu divisions; players from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan will form the Northern CA squads; Sindh CA sides will have players from the Sukkur, Larkana, Benazirabad, Mirpurkhas, Karachi and Hyderabad divisions; while Southern Punjab CA teams will include players from the Multan, Bahawalpur, DG Khan and Sahiwal divisions. 

SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

Balochistan CA (all matches in Quetta. Squads selected by Aslam Sheikh, Barkat Ali, Mazhar Ali Denari, Sanaullah Baloch and Shoaib Khan)

10 Jun - Quetta/Rakhshan Division-Loralai/Zhob Division, Bugti Stadium; Makran/Kalat Division-Naseerabad/Sibi Division, Fatima Jinnah Cricket Ground

12 Jun - Quetta/Rakhshan Division-Makran/Kalat Division, Bugti Stadium; Naseerabad/Sibi Division-Loralai/Zhob Division, Bolan Cricket Ground

14 Jun - Quetta/Rakhshan Division-Naseerabad/Sibi Division, Bugti Stadium; Loralai/Zhob Division-Makran/Kalat Division, Bolan Cricket Ground

16 June – Final, Bugti Stadium

 

Central Punjab CA (all matches in Lahore. Squads selected by Intikhab Alam, Javed Hayat and Muhammad Ashraf)

10 Jun - Lahore Division-Faisalabad Division, Paklions Cricket Academy Ground, Jubliee Town; Sargodha Division-Gujranwala/Sialkot Division, Aleem Dar Cricket Academy

12 Jun - Lahore Division-Gujranwala/Sialkot Division, Aleem Dar Cricket Academy; Faisalabad Division-Sargodha Division, Paklions Cricket Academy Ground, Jubliee Town

14 Jun - Lahore Division-Sargodha Division, Paklions Cricket Academy Ground, Jubliee Town Lahore; Gujranwala/Sialkot Division-Faisalabad Division, Aleem Dar Cricket Academy

16 Jun - Final, Pakloins Cricket Academy Ground, Jubliee Town

 

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CA (matches in Mardan and Peshawar. Squads selected by Aftab Khan, Aslam Qureshi, Sajid Shah and Saqib Faqir)

10 Jun - Peshawar/Kohat Division-Malakand Division, KMC Ground University, Peshawar; Hazara/Mardan Division-DI Khan/Bannu Division, Sports Complex, Mardan

12 Jun - Peshawar/Kohat Division-DI Khan/Bannu Division, KMC Ground University, Peshawar; Hazara/Mardan Division-Malakand Division, Sports Complex, Mardan

14 Jun - Peshawar/Kohat Division-Hazara/Mardan Division, KMC Ground University, Peshawar; DI Khan/Bannu Division-Malakand Division, Sports Complex, Mardan

16 Jun - Final, KMC Ground University, Peshawar

 

Northern CA (all matches in Islamabad. Squads selected by Afaq Rahim, Fahad Masood, Hafiz Majid Jahangir and Kamran Khan)

10 Jun - Islamabad Division-Rawalpindi Division, House of Northern; AJK Division-Gilgit Baltistan Division, National Cricket Ground

12 Jun - Islamabad Division-Gilgit Baltistan Division, House of Northern; Rawalpindi Division-AJK Division, National Cricket Ground

14 Jun - Rawalpindi Division-Gilgit Baltistan Division, House of Northern; Islamabad Division-AJK Division, National Cricket Ground

16 Jun - Final,    House of Northern Islamabad

 

Sindh CA (all matches in Karachi. Squads selected by Asim Rizvi, Ghulam Ali, Tahir Mehmood and Zafar Iqbal)

10 Jun - Karachi Division-Hyderabad Division, National Bank Sports Complex; Sukkur/Larkana Division-Benazirabad/Mirpurkhas Division, Hanif Mohammad High Performance Centre (HPC)

12 Jun - Karachi Division-Sukkur/Larkana Division, National Bank Sports Complex; Hyderabad Division-Benazirabad/Mirpurkhas Division, Hanif Mohammad HPC

14 Jun - Karachi Division-Benazirabad/Mirpurkhas Division, National Bank Sports Complex; Hyderabad Division-Sukkur/Larkana Division, Hanif Mohammad HPC

16 Jun - Final, Hanif Mohammad HPC

 

Southern Punjab CA (all matches in Multan. Squads selected by Bilal Ahmed, Imran Farhat, Iqbal Imam, Tanveer Shoukat and Zahoor Elahi)

11 Jun - Multan Division-DG Khan Division, Head Muhammad Wala Ground; Bahawalpur Division-Sahiwal Division, District Sports Ground, Kalma Chowk

13 Jun - Multan Division-Bahawalpur Division, Head Muhammad Wala Ground; DG Khan Division-Sahiwal Division, District Sports Ground, Kalma Chowk

15 Jun - Multan Division-Sahiwal Division, Head Muhammad Wala Ground; Bahawalpur Division-DG Khan Division, District Sports Ground, Kalma Chowk

17 Jun   - Final, Multan Cricket Stadium