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After a successful Twenty20 tournament held in Lahore last year, PCB and ABN Amro are again organizing the tournament and this time it will be held in Karachi. The tournament will kick off from tomorrow, Friday, February 24, 2006 and the first match will be played at National Stadium and the final will be held on March 04th at the same ground.

Kudos to PCB for recognizing the need for organizing matches for the cricket starved public of Karachi. With no entry fee and the participation of the stars from the national cricket team, I am sure the cricket loving people of Karachi will throng to the stadium and have a rollicking time. If you still aren’t convinced, here is a list of players that will be playing:

Inzamamul Haq
Younis Khan
Mohamad Yousuf
Arshad Khan
Umar Gul
Yasir Hameed
Abdul Razzaq
Taufeeq Umar
Hasan Raza
Danish Kaneria
Misbahul Haq
Mohammad Hafeez
Shahid Nazir
Imran Nazir
Shoaib Malik
Mohammad Asif
Rana Navedul Hasan
Shabbir Ahmad
Mohammad Waseem
Naveed Qureshi
Yasir Arafat
Faisal Iqbal
Asim Kamal
Moin Khan
Mohammad Sami
Shoaib Akhtar
Bazid Khan
Rao Iftikhar Anjum
Faisal Athar
Kashif Raza
Ali Naqvi
Imran Farhat
Salman Butt
Kamran Akmal

I don’t know whether the organizers will be providing live scores over the net or not. Last year, a website was setup for this purpose called National Cricket Pakistan. However, as yet, it is still showing the details about last year’s tournament. Let’s hope that the interest of organizers isn’t fading in just one year.

9 Comments so far

  1. riaz (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2006 @ 8:33 pm

    why you lie shoaib is in australia nursing a knee injury also inzamam nursing a back injury

  2. Jawaid Bachani (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

    For live scores go to abnamro bank site as they are sponsers(may be wrong spellings)and they will provide live update.

  3. Kaash (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

    Sounds good but the recent ODI series with India was such a huge disappointment for me that I’d take me some time to recover. :)
    Thanks for info though.

  4. Zag (unregistered) on February 24th, 2006 @ 12:03 am

    Whoops, sorry, i didn’t realized that Shoaib Akhtar’s name was in there, otherwise I would have deleted it. Anyway, Afridi and Shoaib won’t be there, but Inzamam is going to be there…. according to PCB.

    As for the indian series, yeah it was major dis, but atleast we won the test series….. and now we can have a fresh start with the twenty20…. and hopefully it will be fun and one of the Karachi teams will win it ;)

  5. turab (unregistered) on February 24th, 2006 @ 5:56 am

    I think , this should be done on more like NBA or NFL league setup here in North America.
    THis way pcb can make money of merchandize and ticket sales. I know its very early for 20/20 , but i know its a step in the right direction.

    Dunno why India is so much against it.

    To be honest, ODIs are long as hell and even in pardes take a toll on a whole night and consequently the whole next day.

    2-3 hour matches are more favourable. More exciting and worth the time.

  6. Sunil (unregistered) on February 24th, 2006 @ 9:59 pm

    Inzama Ul Haq will not be participating in the 20/20 cup because of his back problems and it has been confirmed. He wants to take some rest and get fit for the Sri Lanka tour.

  7. Sunil (unregistered) on February 24th, 2006 @ 10:03 pm

    Inzamam* Ul Haq : Apologies for the mistake

  8. Zainub (unregistered) on February 24th, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

    Not a very big crowd to begin with for today’s game, but very entertaining all the same (seeing it on telly right now), and up till now, Karachi also doing quite well.

    But is it just me, or does anyone find these tacky nicknames for the teams a bit too tacky? I mean Dolphins and Zebras? A city as vibrant, as energetic and colourful as us, and all they organisers could think up as a nickname for our sides was ‘Dolphins’ and ‘Zebras’!!! What have either got anything remotely close to do with the city or even the manner in which the teams play? For God’s sakes, it doesn’t even rhyme.

    And my word, has anyone even looked at what these guys are wearing? Bright yellow (Peshawar Panther) and even brighter orange (Lahore Lions)?! And on top of all this they’ve also got an orange ball!

  9. turab (unregistered) on February 25th, 2006 @ 2:53 pm

    well, names can’t be limited to animals , after all this ain’t no zoo.

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