The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the 2020-21 domestic cricket season schedule, holding 10 tournaments composing of 266 matches.
Last season, the board successfully held 220 matches in 9 tournaments, becoming the only cricket board to complete its domestic schedule with a full fledge.
Notably, the ongoing CCA two-day tournament matches are not part of the unveiled 2020-2 domestic cricket schedule. It commenced on 16th July and is programmed to terminate by 22nd August, including the CCA U19 tournament from 1st September.
It is pertinent to mention that domestic cricket differs from the home international matches against New Zealand, England, West Indies, Australia, and the Pakistan Super League (PSL). All the mentioned events are cataloged to take place between September 2021 and March 2022.
The additional matches in the forthcoming domestic circuit have been added in pathways cricket. The PCB has allowed the six Cricket Associations to field two sides in the U16 and U19 tournaments.
It means the 12 sides will represent in 62-match National U19 three-day Championship alongside One-Day Cup to run side by side in Gujranwala, Islamabad, Muridke, Rawalpindi, and Sialkot from 3rd October to 12th November.
Another 12 sides will participate in the 31-match National U16 Cup from 8 to 19 March 2022, with Rawalpindi hosting the single-league competition.
Also, the National U13 One-Day Cup has returned to the circuit again, as it missed out last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The single-league contest will run in Faislabad from 8th to 18th February.
PCB announces 2021-22 domestic cricket schedule
The 2021-22 domestic cricket schedule starts with eight-day Cricket Associations T20 tournaments on 15th September. The Cricket Association’s second XI will go head to head in the shortest format’s round in Quetta.
The National T20 Cup will be held from 25 September to 13 October. Eighteen first-round matches will be held in Multan, while the remaining 15 matches, including the two semi-finals and the final, will occur in Lahore.
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy will kick off on 20 October. The first half of the 10-round single-league contest will be held in Multan, Faisalabad, and Lahore. The event will then move to Karachi, finishing with the five-day final from 29 December.
The three-day double-league Cricket Associations Championship for second XIs will be operated from 28 September to 14 November. The 50-over single-league Cricket Associations Challenge for second XIs will be played from 19 to 27 November. Both the competitions will be held in Faisalabad, Lahore, and Sheikhupura.
The season will terminate in Lahore on 30 March 2022, with the final of the Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament scheduled to get underway on 25 February and will be played in a double-league format. The other two event venues will be Faisalabad and Multan.
Schedule (subject to any late changes):
First XI competitions
National T20 (six teams, 33 matches) – 25 September-13 October
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (six teams, 31 matches) – 20 October-29 December
Pakistan Cup (six teams, 33 matches) – 25 February-30 March 2022
Second XI competitions
Cricket Associations T20 (six teams, 15 matches) – 15-22 September
Cricket Associations Championship (three-day) (six teams, 30 matches) – 28 September-14 November
Cricket Associations Challenge (50 overs) (six teams, 15 matches) – 19-27 November
National U19 Championship (three-day) and Cup (one-Day) (12 teams, 62 matches) – (3 October–12 November)
National U16 Cup (One-Day) (12 teams, 31 matches) – 8-19 March 2022
National U13 Cup (One-Day) (16 matches) – 8-18 February 2022