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Domestic Cricket Structure & Domestic Calendar 2014-15
by Pakistan Cricket Board

DateLine: 24th July 2014

Lahore, 23 July 2014
Salient Features of Domestic Cricket Structure – 2014/15

  • All the 26 teams (12 departmental and 14 regional outfits) previously taking part in Quaid-e-Azam and President's Trophy separately will play jointly only in one first-class tournament i.e. Quaid-e-Azam trophy.
  • There will be two tiers of first class cricket i.e. First-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Gold and Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Silver from the cricket season 2014/15.
  • First-class Departmental and regional teams will compete jointly in the two-tier first-class cricket from the cricket season 2014/15.
  • 12 top teams i.e. 6 departmental teams of previous year's ranking of President's Trophy 2013-14 and top 6 regional teams of previous year's ranking of Quaid-e-Azam trophy 2013-14 would play in QAT Gold from domestic cricket season 2014-15.
  • 14 teams i.e. 5 departmental teams finishing from 7 to 11 of previous years ranking of President's Trophy 2013-14 plus 1 departmental team, winner of Grade-II Patron's Trophy 2013-14 and 8 regional teams finishing from 7 to 14 of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2013-14 would play in QAT Silver from domestic cricket season 2014-15.
  • 1 departmental and 1 regional team of QAT Gold, finishing at the bottom in season 2014-15 would be relegated to QAT Silver and vice versa. Top 1 departmental and 1 regional team of QAT Silver would be promoted to QAT Gold at the end of cricket season 2014-15 onwards.
  • First class QAT Gold would be played amongst 12 teams on single-league basis and each team would get the opportunity to play 11 first-class matches. Total number of matches would be 67 including the final.
  • In QAT Silver, 14 first-class teams would be divided in two pools of 7 and each team would get the opportunity to play 6 matches plus QF (7 matches), SF (8 matches) and final (9 matches). Total number of matches would be 49.
  • There will be single one-day competition to be organized by PCB from cricket season 2014-15. The teams would be split between Patrons Cup Gold and Patrons Cup Silver on previous year's one-day competition ranking accordingly.
  • First-class 4-day tournament and 1-day national competition would be held separately from cricket season 2014-15.
  • 1 departmental team at the bottom of QAT Silver in 2014-15 would be relegated to Patron's Trophy (G-II) qualifying round from cricket season 2015-16 and the winner of Patron's Trophy (G-II) departmental team in 2014-15 would be promoted to Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Silver from cricket season 2015-16.
  • The first-class season will start in August/September each year.
  • Regional U-19 teams would have 2 separate tournaments from cricket season 2014 / 15 i.e. U-19 Three-Day and U-19 One-day duration.
  • 17 regional U-19 teams and 1 NCA U-16 Development Squad would take part in both formats of the game from cricket season 2014 / 15
  • NCA U-16 Development Squad would comprise of top performers of inter-regional U-16 tournament
  • There will be one T20 competition to take place in the domestic cricket calendar for 2014-15
  • T20 tournament would be participated by regional teams only from cricket season 2014/15
  • 17 regional teams would play T20 tournament
  • In case PSL is not held in a particular year, a super 8 T20 competition would be held in that year
  • T-20 tournament will be organized at an appropriate time keeping in view the broadcaster and the sponsors' involvement. A permanent window for T20 tournament would be made in annual domestic calendar from this year onwards.
  • New cricket format / structure would be introduced for 5 years from cricket season 2014 / 15 with an interim review after 3 years of its implementation
  • Cricket balls usage from the cricket season 2014-15 would be as under;
    - English super match balls of grays of Cambridge will be used for all First class, Grade-II departmental and Regional matches
    - White Kookaburra balls will be used for One day and T-20 matches during the domestic tournaments
    - Acelin Red and White cricket balls would be used for Inter region U-19 three day and one day tournaments
  • It has also been decided that from the cricket season 2014-15, all first class matches would be played on the basis of 90 overs per day to get maximum cricket currently applicable internationally
  • All domestic matches during the period from December 1, 2014 to January 25, 2015 would be scheduled in South to avoid extreme cold and foggy weather in North due to which number of matches could not be completed in the last cricket season. This would help participating teams to get maximum cricket, as chances are more brighter in South that matches to go full distance as compared to North where teams suffered and matches were not completed due to bad weather
  • Matches of all premier tournaments would be scheduled at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, National Stadium Karachi, Multan Cricket Stadium, Diamond Club Ground Islamabad, National Bank of Pakistan Ground Karachi, United Bank Limited Ground Karachi, Sialkot Cricket Stadium, Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad, LCCA Ground, Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Arbab Niaz Stadium Peshawar, National Cricket Ground Islamabad, Pindi Stadium Rawalpindi, KRL Ground Rawalpindi, Arabian Sea Country Club Karachi, Marghzar Cricket Ground Islamabad, Country Club Muredke, Mirpur Cricket Stadium, AJK.

  • List of National Cricket Tournaments
    1. Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Gold – Status: First class
    2. Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Silver – Status: First Class
    3. Patrons Trophy Gold Cup One-Day Tournament
    4. Patrons Trophy Silver Cup One-Day Tournament
    5. Pent-angular Cup One Day
    6. President's Trophy Grade-II (Qualifying Round for Departments)
    7. U-19 Tournament – 1 Day
    8. U-19 Championship - 3 day National 20/20 Cup (17 Teams)
    9. Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Grade-II for 4 Regions

    Domestic Cricket Calendar 2014/15

    Sr # Tournaments Total Matches Dates Finals
    From To  
    1 Regional Inter District U-19 (Two day)   25 Apr 2014 3 Jun 2014 Completed
    2 Regional Inter District Senior (Three day)   1 Jun 2014 28 Jun 2014 Completed
    3 Inter Region U-19 (Three day) 39 31 Aug 2014 03 Nov 2014 31 Oct to 03 Nov 2014
    4 Inter Region U-19 (One day) 39 4 Sep 2014 19 Oct, 2014 19 Oct 2014
    5 Pentangular Cup One Day Tournament 11 11 Sep 2014 21 Sep 2014 21 Sep, 2014
    6 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Gold (First Class) 67 12 Oct 2014 1 Dec 2014 18 to 22 Jan 2015
    7 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Silver (First Class) 46 12 Oct 2014 1 Dec 2014 3 to 7 Dec 2014
    8 Patrons Cup Gold One-Day Tournament 33 25 Jan 2015  8 Feb 2015   8 Feb 2015 
    9 Patrons Cup Silver One-Day Tournament 30 31 Jan 2015 15 Feb 2015 15 Feb 2015
    10 Twenty-20 Cup (17 Regional Teams) 35 06 Apr 2015 19 Apr 2015 19 Apr 2015
    11 President's Trophy Grade-II (3 day) 63 21 Feb 2015 22 Mar 2015

    19-22 Mar 2015

    12 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Grade-II for 4 Regions 14 4 Feb 2015

    27 Feb 2015

    22 Feb 2015 (OD)
    24-27 Feb 2015 (3-Day)

    Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Gold 2014-15
  •  In the coming season (2014-15), 12 Departmental and 14 Regional Teams (Total 26 Teams) will play in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (First Class). 
  • These teams are divided into two divisions: QAT Gold comprising 12 Teams &QAT Silver comprising 14 Teams.
  • For QAT Gold having First class status, 12 Teams are selected on the basis of their standings in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2013-2014 (Top 6 Teams) and President’s Trophy 2013-2014  (Top 6 Teams). 
  • The remaining 6 Departmental Teams along with 8 Regional Teams will play in QAT Silver also having First class status

    Following are the Top 6 Departmental  and 6 Regional teams as per their ranking in 2013-14:
    Sr # Top 6 Departmental Teams 2013-14 Sr # Top 6 Regional Teams – 2013-14
    1 United Bank Limited 1 Islamabad region
    2 Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 2 Karachi Blues
    3 National Bank of Pakistan 3 Peshawar Region
    4 WAPDA 4 Rawalpindi Region
    5 ZaraiTaraqiati Bank Limited 5 Lahore Shalimar
    6 Port Qasim Authority 6 Multan Region

  • The above-mentioned 12 Regional / Departmental Teams will play in QAT Gold in coming season 2014-15 on single-league basis.
  • Two bottom teams, one departmental and one regional, of QAT Gold in 2014-15 will be relegated to QAT Silver in 2015-16 on the basis of their ranking on the points table in their respective categories.
  • Total Number of matches to be played in QAT Gold: 67 matches
  • Tournament Dates: October 12 to December 15, 2014 and Final from January 18 to 22, 2015

  • Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Silver 2014-15
  • 4 Teams selected on the basis of their standings in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2013 -14 (8 Regional Teams) and President's Trophy 2013-14 (6 Departmental Teams) for QAT Silver would participate in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy - 2014-15
  • Following 14 Teams selected on the basis of their ranking in QAT and PT – 2013-14 will participate in QAT Silver in 2014-15:
    Sr # Departmental teams Ranking  in QT 2014 Sr # Regional teams Ranking in QT 2014
    1 Pakistan International Airlines 1 Karachi Whites
    2 Habib Bank Limited 2 Sialkot Region
    3 Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) 3 Hyderabad Region
    4 State Bank of Pakistan 4 Faisalabad Region
    5 Pakistan Television 5 Lahore Ravi
    6 Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited 6 Bahawalpur Region
    7   7 Quetta
    8   8 Abbottabad Region

  • The above-mentioned 14 Teams in QAT Silver in 2014-15 will be divided in two pools comprising 7 teams in each pool
  • Each team to play 6 matches in its respective pool plus 4 quarter finals, 2 semi-finals and 1Final for clinching Silver Trophy
  • 2 Finalists teams would play 9 matches, 4 semi-finalists teams  8 matches, and 8 quarter finalists teams 7 and remaining teams would play 6 matches  
  • 2 top teams (1 Regional and 1 Departmental) of QAT Silver in 2014-15 will be promoted to QAT Gold in 2015-16
  • One departmental bottom team on the basis of its points on the table will be relegated to Division-C President’s Trophy (G-II) Tournament 2015-16. This relegated team will be removed from the list of teams playing in the National One-Day Tournament 2015-16
  • Total Number of matches to be played in QAT Silver:  49 matches
  • Tournament Dates ; Oct 12 to  Dec 1, 2014 & Final from Dec 3 to 7, 2014

  • Patrons Cup Gold One-Day 2014-15
  • 12 Teams (6 departmental and 6 regional) are selected on the basis of their standings in FB One-Day Cup 2013-14 will play in National One-Day Cup 2014-15
  • Following 6 departmental and 6 Regional teams of FB One Day Cup 2013-14 will participate in Patrons Cup One-Day in 2014-15:

    Sr # Departmental teams  in OD Sr # Regional teams Ranking in FB OD
    1 National Bank of Pakistan 1 Karachi Zebras
    2 Khan Research Laboratories 2 Peshawar Panthers
    3 Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 3 Rawalpindi Rams
    4 Port Qasim Authority 4 Lahore Lions
    5 ZaraiTaraqiati Bank Limited 5 Karachi Dolphins
    6 State Bank of Pakistan 6 Islamabad Leopards

  • 12 teams to be divided in two pools i.e. 6 teams in each pool in Patrons Cup Gold One-Day in 2014-15
  • All pool matches to be played on single league basis, every team to get 5 matches in their respective pools
  • 2 bottom teams, one departmental and one regional, in PC Gold OD in 2014-15 will be relegated to PC Silver OD in 2015-16 on the basis of their ranking in their respective categories
  • Total number of matches to be played in one day format in PC Gold OD: 33 matches including semi-finals and final
  • Tournament Dates: January 25 to February 8, 2015

  • Patrons Cup Silver One-Day 2014-15
  • 14 Teams are selected on the basis of their standings in FB One Day Cup 2013--14 will play PC Silver one day tournament in 2014-15
  • Following 6 Departmental and 8 Regional teams of FB One-Day Cup 2013-14 to play in PC Silver One-Day Cup in 2014-15;

  • Sr # Departmental teams  in OD Sr # Regional teams Ranking in FB OD
    1 United Bank Limited 1 Bahawalpur Stags
    2 PIA 2 Lahore Eagles
    3 HBL 3 Sialkot Stallions
    4 WAPDA 4 Abbottabad Falcons
    5 Pakistan Television 5 Faisalabad Wolves
    6 Sui Southern Gas Ltd. 6 Multan Tigers
    7   7 Quetta Bears
    8   8 Hyderabad Hawks

  • 14 Regional / Departmental teams to be divided in 3 pools comprising 5 teams in 2 pools and 4 teams in pool 3 will play in PC Silver in OD tournament 2014-15on league basis in their respective pools
  • Teams lying in pool of 5 teams to play 4 matches each and the remaining pool of 4 teams would play 3 matches each on single league basis
  • 2 top teams, one departmental and one regional, of Patrons Cup Silver OD in 2014-15 will be promoted to Patrons Cup Gold OD in 2015-16
  • Total Number of matches to be played in Patrons Cup Silver OD: 30
  • Tournament Dates: January 31 to February 15, 2015

    National U-19 (3-Day / 1-Day) Tournament 2014-15
  • 17 regional plus one NCA Colts will participate in National U-19 (3-Day & 1-Day) Tournament 2014-15
  • Teams to be divided in 3 groups comprising 6 teams in each group and play matches on single league-basis in their respective group
  • 3-day matches would be followed by 1-day matches at the same venue after a gap of 1 day in between the two formats of the game
  • Total Number of matches to be played in 3-day & 1- day formats:39 in each format including Final
  • Tournament Dates 3-day: August 31 to November 3, 2014
  • Tournament Dates 1-day: September 4 to October 19, 2014

    National T20 Tournament 2014-15
  • 17 Regional Teams will participate in National T20 Tournament.
  • Teams to be divided in 4 Groups, 3 groups to have 4 teams and 1 group to have 5 teams in this format
  • Top four teams from each group to qualify for quarter finals followed by semi-finals and final
  • Total Number of matches to be played in 17-Team T20 Cup:35
  • Tournament Dates: April 06 to 19, 2015

    President's Trophy G-II 2014-15
  • 21 Teams, or if some other teams get themselves affiliated with the PCB by fulfilling the criteria, to play in President's Trophy (G-II) 2014-15
  • Following 21 departmental teams would play in President's trophy G-II 2014-15;

    Sr # Departmental teams  in PT 2014-15
    1 Candyland
    2 Capital Development Authority
    3 Cricket Saudi International
    4 Dollar East Exchange Company Ltd
    5 Evacuee Trust Property Board
    6 Face Fresh
    7 Higher Education Commission
    8 Karachi Electric Supply Corporation
    9 Karachi Port Trust
    10 Khayaban-e-Amin
    11 Medicam Group
    12 National Database and Registration Authority
    13 Omar Associates
    14 Pakistan Army
    15 Pakistan Customs
    16 Pakistan Education Board
    17 Pakistan Navy
    18 Punjab Textbook Board
    19 Sayid Paper
    20 Service Industries
    21 Sindh Police

  • These teams will be divided in 4 Groups - 6 teams each in 2 groups and 5 teams each in remaining 2 group of PT (G-II) 2014-15.
  • Number of teams in each group will be changed in case of new inductions by PCB.
  • Top team of each group will qualify for semi-finals followed by the final. Semis will be played between top team of Group-A vs top team of Group-C, and top team of Group-B vs top team of Group-D
  • Total number of matches to be played in President's Trophy G-II: 63
  • The winner of the President's Trophy G-II in 2014-15 will be promoted to QAT Silver and Patrons Cup Silver OD Tournament in 2015-16
  • Tournament Dates: February 21 to March 22, 2015

    Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Grade-II 2014-15
  • 4 Regional Teams (Larkana, FATA, D M Jamali and newly formed AJK region) will participate in QAT Gr-II Tournament.
  • Teams to play matches on single league basis in this format
  • Top two teams in the league matches to play in the final
  • Total Number of matches to be played in QAT Gr-II: 7
  • Tournament Dates: February 4 to February 27, 2015

    Pent-angular One day Tournament 2014-15
  • 5 teams to participate in Pent-angular League in 1-Day format
  • 75 top performers of Domestic Tournament 2014-15 will be selected by the National Selection Committee / Cricket Committee, PCB
  • Total Number of matches to be played in this format: 11 including Final
  • Duration of this One Day Tournament: 11 days
  • Tournament Dates: September 11 to 21, 2014

    Inter - Regional U-16 Tournament 2014-15
  • 15 regional teams to participate in this format
  • Teams to be divided in 4 Groups: 4 teams in 3 Groups and 3 teams in the fourth Group
  • Total Number of matches to be played in this format: 24 matches
  • Duration of the tournament: 20 days
  • Tournament Dates: TBC

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