Quaid-e-Azam Trophy

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Quaid-e-Azam Trophy
Countries Pakistan Pakistan
Administrator Pakistan Cricket Board
Format First-class (4-day)
Final: 5 day
First tournament 1953–54
Last tournament 2017–18
Number of teams 26
Current champion SNGPL (4th title)
Most successful Karachi cricket teams (20 titles)
Website Quaid-e-Azam Trophy – ESPNcricinfo

The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship played in Pakistan between teams representing regional cricket associations and corporations.

History

Named after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, who was known as "Quaid-i-Azam" (Great Leader), the trophy was introduced in the 1953-54 season to help the selectors pick the squad for Pakistan's Test tour of England in 1954. Five regional and two departmental teams competed in the first competition: Bahawalpur, Punjab, Karachi, North-West Frontier Province, Sindh, Combined Services and Pakistan Railways.

The competition's format has seldom remained unchanged from one season to the next. It has been contested sometimes by regional teams, sometimes by departmental teams, but usually by a mixture of the two. In 1956–57 it was decided that Karachi and Punjab would have to enter three teams each, to make the teams more evenly matched.

Karachi has won the trophy 20 times (most by any team).

Winners

Year Winning team Runner-up Number of teams Regional Departmental Number of matches Format
1953/54 Bahawalpur Punjab 7 5 2 6 knockout; semi-finals
1954/55 Karachi Combined Services 9 7 2 8 knockout; semi-finals
1955/56 not held
1956/57 Punjab Karachi Whites 13 11 2 18 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1957/58 Bahawalpur Karachi C 15 13 2 26 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1958/59 Karachi Combined Services 12 9 3 16 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1959/60 Karachi Lahore 13 10 3 12 knockout; quarter-finals
1960/61 not held
1961/62 Karachi Blues Combined Services 15 13 2 28 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1962/63 Karachi A Karachi B 16 13 3 27 4 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1963/64 Karachi Blues Karachi Whites 15 13 2 14 knockout; quarter-finals
1964/65 Karachi Blues Lahore 26 18 8 24 knockout; semi-finals
1965/66 not held
1966/67 Karachi Pakistan Railways 7 6 1 6 knockout; semi-finals
1967/68 not held
1968/69 Lahore Karachi 12 11 1 11 knockout; quarter-finals
1969/70 PIA PWD 20 15 5 34 5 round-robin groups; pre-semi-final
1970/71 Karachi Blues Punjab University 20 11 9 19 knockout; semi-finals
1971/72 not held
1972/73 Pakistan Railways Sind 7 4 3 6 knockout; semi-finals
1973/74 Pakistan Railways Sind 7 4 3 6 knockout; semi-finals
1974/75 Punjab A Sind A 10 6 4 9 knockout; quarter-finals
1975/76 National Bank Punjab A 10 6 4 9 knockout; quarter-finals
1976/77 United Bank National Bank 12 6 6 11 knockout; quarter-finals
1977/78 Habib Bank National Bank 12 6 6 11 knockout; quarter-finals
1978/79 National Bank Habib Bank 12 4 8 11 knockout; quarter-finals
1979/80 PIA National Bank 11 3 8 18 4 groups; final round-robin
1980/81 United Bank PIA 10 2 8 45 round-robin
1981/82 National Bank United Bank 10 3 7 45 round-robin
1982/83 United Bank National Bank 10 3 7 45 round-robin
1983/84 National Bank United Bank 10 0 10 45 round-robin
1984/85 United Bank Pakistan Railways 12 2 10 33 2 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1985/86 Karachi Pakistan Railways 12 6 6 66 round-robin
1986/87 National Bank United Bank 12 4 8 66 round-robin
1987/88 PIA United Bank 13 4 9 39 2 round-robin groups; semi-finals
1988/89 ADBP Habib Bank 8 0 8 29 round-robin; final
1989/90 PIA United Bank 8 0 8 57 round-robin; final
1990/91 Karachi Whites Bahawalpur 8 8 0 31 round-robin; semi-finals
1991/92 Karachi Whites Lahore 9 9 0 39 round-robin; semi-finals
1992/93 Karachi Whites Sargodha 8 8 0 31 round-robin; semi-finals
1993/94 Lahore Karachi Whites 8 8 0 31 round-robin; semi-finals
1994/95 Karachi Blues Lahore 10 10 0 48 round-robin; semi-finals
1995/96 Karachi Blues Karachi Whites 10 10 0 48 round-robin; semi-finals
1996/97 Lahore Karachi Whites 8 8 0 31 round-robin; semi-finals
1997/98 Karachi Blues Peshawar 10 10 0 46 round-robin; final
1998/99 Peshawar Karachi Whites 11 11 0 56 round-robin; final
1999/00 PIA Habib Bank 23 11 12 122 2 round-robin groups; final
2000/01 Lahore Blues Karachi Whites 12 12 0 67 round-robin; final
2001/02 Karachi Whites Peshawar 18 18 0 73 2 round-robin groups; final
2002/03 PIA KRL 24 13 11 75 4 round-robin groups; pre-quarter-finals
2003/04 Faisalabad Sialkot 9 9 0 36 round-robin
2004/05 Peshawar Faisalabad 11 11 0 56 round-robin; final
2005/06 Sialkot Faisalabad 7 7 0 22 round-robin; final
2006/07 Karachi Urban Sialkot 7 7 0 22 round-robin; final
2007/08 SNGPL Habib Bank 22 13 9 111 2 round-robin groups; final
2008/09 Sialkot KRL 22 13 9 111 2 round-robin groups; final
2009/10 Karachi Blues Habib Bank 22 13 9 111 2 round-robin groups; final
2010/11 Habib Bank PIA 22 13 9 113 2 round-robin divisions; 2 finals
2011/12 PIA ZTBL 22 13 9 113 2 round-robin divisions; 2 finals
2012/13 Karachi Blues Sialkot 14 14 0 62 2 round-robin groups; 4 round-robin pools; 2 finals
2013/14 Rawalpindi Islamabad 14 14 0 61 2 round-robin groups; 4 round-robin pools; final
2014/15 SNGPL National Bank 26 14 12 116 2 divisions: round-robin, then final in Gold League; 2 round-robin groups, quarter-finals in Silver League
2015/16 SNGPL United Bank 16 8 8 62 2 round-robin groups; 4 round-robin pools; 2 finals
2016/17 WAPDA Habib Bank 16 8 8 69 2 round-robin divisions; 2 round-robin "Super Eight" groups of four; final
2017/18 SNGPL WAPDA 16 8 8 69 2 round-robin divisions; 2 round-robin "Super Eight" groups of four; final

Karachi teams have won the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy 20 times, PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) 7, National Bank 5, Lahore teams, United Bank, and SNGPL (Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited) 4, Bahawalpur, Habib Bank, Peshawar, Punjab, Railways, and Sialkot 2, ADBP (Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan), Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, and WAPDA (Water and Power Development Authority) 1.

NB: "Regional" teams represent cities, districts and provinces. "Departmental" teams represent institutions, corporations, and government departments and instrumentalities. "Number of matches" includes matches scheduled but not played.

Records

World records

Partnership Runs Players Team Opposition Venue Season
1 580 (2nd wicket) Rafatullah Mohmand & Aamer Sajjad Water and Power Development Authority Sui Northern Gas Pipelines National Stadium, Karachi 2009–10
Source: Cricinfo.com. Last updated: 7 December 2009.

References

External links

  • Quaid-e-Azam Trophy winners list at CricInfo
  • CricketArchive

Other sources

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