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PCB unveiled schedule of six senior events for 2021-22 domestic season

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board today announced the schedule of six senior events, which will be played in the Pakistan Domestic Season 2021-22.

Quetta’s Bugti Stadium will host the season opening Cricket Associations T20 from 15 September, while curtains will fall at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore with the final of the Pakistan Cup on 30 March 2022.

Apart from these two senior tournaments, the PCB will stage the National T20, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Cricket Associations Championship and Cricket Associations Challenge. This means there will be 157 matches in the period from 15 September and 30 March, making 2021-22 a mouth-watering, exciting and competitive season of domestic cricket.

The details and schedule of the pathways cricket, including the U13, U16 and U19 tournaments, will be announced in due course.

The participants who are either fully vaccinated or have received their first jabs will be eligible to participate in the season. Each participant will undergo first PCR test at his place of residence three days prior to travel and will confine themselves to their homes until their scheduled travel.

The PCB will conduct the second PCR test at the central station, subject to first negative test. During the tournament, Rapid Antigen tests will be carried out after every five days or when a team travels to a different destination, while random RT-PCR tests will be conducted at select events. Any participant, who tests positive in Antigen test will be isolated immediately and undergo a RT-PCR. If the test result is positive, then he will be quarantined for 10 days.

At team hotels, the players will be allowed to visit designated areas with mask wearing and social distancing mandatory. Detailed PCB Covid-19 Protocols have been shared with the team managers who, with the support of the team physiotherapist, will be responsible for the implementation.

Meanwhile, the PCB has also confirmed umpire and match referee panels for the senior events. The Elite match officials will be involved in the National T20, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Pakistan Cup, while the match officials in the Supplementary Panel will officiate Cricket Associations T20, Cricket Associations Championship and Cricket Associations Challenge matches.

The Elite Match Referees for the 2021-22 season include Ali Naqvi, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Anees, Mohammad Iqbal Sheikh, Mohammad Javed Malik and Nadeem Arshad, while the Elite Umpires are: Aftab Hussain Gillani, Ahsan Raza, Asif Yaqoob, Faisal Khan Afridi, Ghaffar Kazmi, Imran Jawed, Nasir Hussain Snr, Qaiser Waheed, Rashid Riaz Waqar, Saqib Khan, Shozab Raza, Syed Imtiaz Iqbal, Waleed Yaqub and Zameer Haider.

Match referees in the Supplementary Panel are Ahmer Saeed, Aleem Khan Moosa, Ali Gohar, Aziz ur Rehman, Kamran Chaudhry, Khalid Jamshed, Mohammad Aslam and Tanveer Afzal, while the Supplementary Umpires Panel comprise Abdul Moqeet, Ahmed Shahab, Alay Haider, Aslam Bareach, Farooq Ali Khan, Ghulam Sarwar, Kashif Sohail, Khalid Mehmood Snr, Majid Hussain, Mir Dad, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Sajid, Tariq Rasheed and Zulfiqar Jan.

SCHEDULE OF SENIOR EVENTS 2021-22 (subject to any late changes)

Cricket Associations T20 (all matches at Bugti Stadium, Quetta)

15 Sep – Balochistan v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; Central Punjab v Sindh

16 Sep – Northern v Southern Punjab; Balochistan v Sindh

17 Sep – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab; Balochistan v Central Punjab

18 Sep – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh; Central Punjab v Southern Punjab

19 Sep – Northern v Sindh; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Central Punjab

20 Sep – Balochistan v Northern; Sindh v Southern Punjab

21 Sep – Northern v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; Balochistan v Southern Punjab

22 Sep – Northern v Central Punjab

National T20 (Matches from 25 Sep-3 Oct at the Multan Cricket Stadium; matches from 6-13 Oct at the Gaddafi Stadium)

25 Sep – Balochistan v Northern; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Central Punjab

26 Sep – Balochistan v Southern Punjab; Northern v Sindh

27 Sep – Balochistan v Central Punjab; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh

28 Sep – Northern v Central Punjab; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab

29 Sep – Sindh v Southern Punjab; Balochistan v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

30 Sep – Balochistan v Sindh; Northern v Southern Punjab

1 Oct – Northern v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; Central Punjab v Southern Punjab

2 Oct – Central Punjab v Sindh; Balochistan v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

3 Oct – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Central Punjab; Balochistan v Northern

6 Oct – Balochistan v Central Punjab; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh

7 Oct – Northern v Sindh; Balochistan v Southern Punjab

8 Oct – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab; Northern v Central Punjab

9 Oct – Sindh v Southern Punjab; Northern v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

10 Oct – Northern v Southern Punjab; Central Punjab v Sindh

11 Oct – Central Punjab v Southern Punjab; Balochistan v Sindh

12 Oct – 1st semifinal (1 v 4); 2nd semi-final (2 v 3)

13 Oct – Final

Cricket Associations Championship (three-day)

28-30 Sep – Balochistan v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad; Central Punjab v Sindh, LCCA Ground, Lahore; Southern Punjab v Northern, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura

3-5 Oct – Northern v Balochistan, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad; Sindh v Southern Punjab, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Central Punjab, LCCA Ground, Lahore

8-10 Oct – Balochistan v Central Punjab, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura; Northern v Sindh, LCCA Ground, Lahore; Southern Punjab v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad

13-15 Oct – Balochistan v Southern Punjab, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura; Sindh v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, LCCA Ground, Lahore; Central Punjab v Northern, Saeed Ajmal Academy, Faisalabad

18-20 Oct – Sindh v Balochistan, Saeed Ajmal Academy, Faisalabad; Central Punjab v Southern Punjab, LCCA Ground, Lahore; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Northern, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura

23-25 Oct – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Balochistan, LCCA Ground, Lahore; Sindh v Central Punjab, Saeed Ajmal Academy, Faisalabad; Northern v Southern Punjab, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura

28-30 Oct – Southern Punjab v Balochistan, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh, Saeed Ajmal Academy, Faisalabad; Northern v Central Punjab, LCCA Ground, Lahore

2-4 Nov – Central Punjab v Balochistan, LCCA Ground, Lahore; Sindh v Northern, Saeed Ajmal Academy, Faisalabad; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura

7-9 Nov – Balochistan v Northern, Saeed Ajmal Academy, Faisalabad; Southern Punjab v Sindh, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura; Central Punjab v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, LCCA Ground, Lahore

12-14 Nov – Balochistan v Sindh, Saeed Ajmal Academy, Faisalabad; Southern Punjab v Central Punjab, LCCA Ground, Lahore; Northern v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy

20-23 Oct – Balochistan v Sindh, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad; Central Punjab v Southern Punjab, Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Northern, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

27-30 Oct – Balochistan v Southern Punjab, Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad; Central Punjab v Northern, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

3-6 Nov – Balochistan v Central Punjab, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; Northern v Sindhm Multan Cricket Stadium; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad

10-13 Nov – Balochistan v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; Central Punjab v Sindh, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad; Northern v Southern Punjab, Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan

17-20 Nov – Northern v Balochistan, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad; Southern Punjab v Sindh, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; Central Punjab v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan

24-27 Nov – Sindh v Balochistan, UBL Sports Complex, Karachi; Southern Punjab v Central Punjab, SBP Sports Complex, Karachi; Northern v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, NBP Sports Complex, Karachi

30Nov 3 Dec – Southern Punjab v Balochistan, UBL Sports Complex; Sindh v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, SBP Sports Complex; Northern v Central Punjab, NBP Sports Complex

6-9 Dec – Central Punjab v Balochistan, NBP Sports Complex; Sindh v Northern, UBL Sports Complex; Southern Punjab v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, SBP Sports Complex

12-15 Dec – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Balochistan, UBL Sports Complex; Sindh v Central Punjab, SBP Sports Complex; Southern Punjab v Northern, NBP Sports Complex

18-21 Dec – Balochistan v Northern, SBP Sports Complex; Sindh v Southern Punjab, NBP Sports Complex; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Central Punjab, UBL Sports Complex

25-29 Dec – Final National Stadium Karachi

Cricket Associations Challenge (50-over)

19 Nov – Balochistan v Northern, Saeed Ajmal Academy, Faisalabad; Southern Punjab v Sindh, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Central Punjab, LCCA Ground, Lahore

21 Nov – Balochistan v Southern Punjab, Saeed Ajmal Academy, Faisalabad; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura; Northern v Central Punjab, LCCA Ground, Lahore

23 Nov – Balochistan v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura; Central Punjab v Sindh, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad; Northern v Southern Punjab, LCCA Ground, Lahore

25 Nov – Balochistan v Sindh, LCCA Ground, Lahore; Central Punjab v Southern Punjab, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Northern, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad

27 Nov – Balochistan v Central Punjab, LCCA Ground, Lahore; Northern v Sindh, Rana Naveed Academy, Sheikhupura; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad

Pakistan Cup

25 Feb – Balochistan v Northern, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; Southern Punjab v Sindh, Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Central Punjab, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad

28 Feb – Balochistan v Southern Punjab, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh, Multan Cricket Stadium, Northern v Central Punjab, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad

3 Mar – Balochistan v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Multan Cricket Stadium, Central Punjab v Sindh, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; Northern v Southern Punjab, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad

6 Mar – Balochistan v Sindh, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad; Central Punjab v Southern Punjab, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Northern, Multan Cricket Stadium

9 Mar – Balochistan v Central Punjab, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad; Northern v Sindh, Multan Cricket Stadium; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

12 Mar Balochistan v Sindh, Multan Cricket Stadium; Central Punjab v Southern Punjab, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Northern, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

15 Mar – Balochistan v Southern Punjab, Multan Cricket Stadium; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; Northern v Central Punjab, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad

18 Mar – Balochistan v Central Punjab, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad; Northern v Sindh, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab, Multan Cricket Stadium

21 Mar – Balochistan v Northern, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad; Southern Punjab v Sindh. Multan Cricket Stadium; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Central Punjab, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

24 Mar – Balochistan v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; Central Punjab v Sindh, Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad; Northern v Southern Punjab, Multan Cricket Stadium

27 Mar – 1st semi-final, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

28 Mar – 2nd semi-final, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

30 Mar – Final , Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

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