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Khairpur cricket team, from the town of Khairpur, Pakistan, in the district of Khairpur in the north of Sindh province, played in the Pakistan domestic first-class cricket competitions between 1958–59 and 1973-74. The team no longer plays first-class cricket.

Khairpur District Place in Sindh, Pakistan

Khairpur District is a district in the Pakistani province of Sindh in Sukkur Division. At the 2017 census, it was the fifth most populated district in the province after four districts of Karachi city, with 2.4 million inhabitants. The headquarters of the district is the city of Khairpur. The district is further divided into eight sub-districts:Khairpur Taluka, Mirwah Taluka, Kot Diji Taluka, Kingri Taluka, Sobho Dero Taluka, Gambat Taluka, Faiz Ganj Taluka and Nara Taluka.

Sindh Province in Pakistan

Sindh is one of the four provinces of Pakistan, in the southeast of the country, and the historical home of the Sindhi people. Sindh is the third largest province of Pakistan by area, and second largest province by population after Punjab. Sindh is bordered by Balochistan province to the west, and Punjab province to the north. Sindh also borders the Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan to the east, and Arabian Sea to the south. Sindh's landscape consists mostly of alluvial plains flanking the Indus River, the Thar desert in the eastern portion of the province closest to the border with India, and the Kirthar Mountains in the western part of Sindh.

First-class cricket is an official classification of the highest-standard international or domestic matches in the sport of cricket. A first-class match is of three or more days' scheduled duration between two sides of eleven players each and is officially adjudged to be worthy of the status by virtue of the standard of the competing teams. Matches must allow for the teams to play two innings each although, in practice, a team might play only one innings or none at all.


First-class history

Khairpur made their debut in the 1958-59 Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, playing Quetta in Sukkur. Khairpur won a low-scoring match by four wickets. [1] Tahir Ali [2] took 5 for 36 and 2 for 27, and Iqbal Sheikh [3] took 3 for 31 and 5 for 23. Khairpur lost their next match and drew their third.

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Sukkur Metropolis in Sindh, Pakistan

Sukkur is a city in the Pakistani province of Sindh along the western bank of the Indus River, directly across from the historic city of Rohri. Sukkur is the third largest city in Sindh after Karachi and Hyderabad, and is 14th most populous city in Pakistan. New Sukkur was established during the British era alongside the village of Sukkur. Sukkur's hill, along with the hill on the river island of Bukkur, form what is sometimes considered the "Gate of Sindh," in reference to the city's location along the frontier that separates the historical Sindhi heartland from the Saraiki-speaking regions to the north.

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In 1959-60 they played only one match, losing to Hyderabad after being dismissed for 57, which was their lowest-ever total, in the first innings. [4] In 1960-61 they formed a combined team with Hyderabad, which competed in the Ayub Trophy as Hyderabad-Khairpur, losing one match and drawing the other.

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Resuming as an independent entity in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, Khairpur won their first match in 1961-62, beating Bahawalpur by 8 runs in another low-scoring match. Faqir Aizazuddin, [5] the captain, top-scored in each innings with 29 and 53, and Tahir Ali took 3 for 24 and 4 for 31. Khairpur lost their next two matches. In the match against Lahore B they reached 150 for the first time, eventually being dismissed for 242.

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They began 1962-63 with their highest-ever total, 321, against Multan, although in the end they narrowly escaped with a draw. Once again Aizazuddin top-scored in each innings, making 89 and 24, as well as taking three wickets. [6] They won their next match, against Bahawalpur, by two wickets, thanks to outstanding performances by Aizazuddin, who made 31 and 101 (Khairpur's first century), and Abdul Aziz, [7] who took 7 for 66 and 5 for 97. [8]

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They lost their next four matches over three seasons by large margins. Their only appearance in 1966-67 was in a combined Hyderabad-Khairpur-Quetta team, which lost its only match to East Pakistan in the Ayub Trophy.

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In 1967-68 Khairpur played one match, a draw. In 1968-69 they began with a 200-run victory over Quetta in Sukkur. Aged only 12 years and seven months, and batting at number eight, Mohammad Akram [9] made 111 in the first innings on his first-class debut. Tahir Ali took 6 for 44 and 4 for 51. [10] In their next match they were trounced by Karachi, for whom Pervez Sajjad took 15 wickets in the match for 112 runs.

Khairpur began 1969-70 with what was to be their last victory, and their only innings victory, when they beat Hyderabad Whites in Sukkur by an innings and 29 runs. Tahir Ali took 6 for 38 and 4 for 39, and Abdul Aziz took 4 for 27 and 5 for 68. [11] They lost their three other matches that season by an innings.

Khairpur's last 10 first-class matches resulted in eight losses by large margins and two drawn matches that ended with Khairpur nine wickets down in their second innings and a long way short of their target. But there were still some notable individual performances. Zafar Mahmood [12] made 106 and 39 in the draw against Karachi Whites in 1971-72. [13] In Khairpur's final first-class match, in 1973-74, Mohammad Akram, still only 17 years old but now batting at number three, top-scored in each innings with 39 and 102, although Khairpur still lost by an innings to Commerce Bank. [14]

In their 28 first-class matches between December 1958 and December 1973 (not counting the three by combined teams) Khairpur won five, lost 17 and drew six.

Several Khairpur players later played for the neighbouring team of Sukkur when it assumed first-class status in the 1974-75 season.

Leading players

Faqir Aizazuddin captained Khairpur in nine matches in the 1960s, three of which they won. He also played for a number of other teams, and toured England with Pakistan in 1967, but did not play any Tests. For Khairpur he made 595 runs at an average of 29.75, and took 12 wickets at 38.25. Zafar Mahmood was Khairpur's leading run-scorer, with 623 runs at 27.08 in 13 matches. Mohammad Akram made 464 runs at 27.29, and scored two of Khairpur's four centuries; he later played a few matches for Sukkur during its period as a first-class team between 1974 and 1987.

Tahir Ali played 24 matches for Khairpur, taking 98 wickets at an average of 19.64 with his left-arm spin and making 437 runs at 12.85, a useful contribution in a weak batting side. When a Khairpur Commissioner's XI played a first-class friendly match in Sukkur in 1967-68, he was the only Khairpur player selected; most of the others were Test players. He was Khairpur's leading wicket-taker. In 13 matches for Khairpur, Abdul Aziz took 60 wickets at 23.96 with his off-spin.

Current status

The team has continued to play at sub-first-class level. Currently it takes part in the Inter-District Senior Tournament, a three-day national competition.


Khairpur has never played its matches in the town of Khairpur. During its first-class period it played three matches at the Municipal Stadium in Sukkur, about 30 kilometres to the north, winning all three.

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  1. Khairpur v Quetta 1958-59
  2. Tahir Ali at Cricket Archive
  3. Iqbal Sheikh at Cricket Archive
  4. Hyderabad v Khairpur 1959-60
  5. Faqir Aizazuddin at Cricket Archive
  6. Khairpur v Multan 1962-63
  7. Abdul Aziz at Cricket Archive
  8. Bahawalpur v Khairpur 1962-63
  9. Mohammad Akram at Cricket Archive
  10. Khairpur v Quetta 1968-69
  11. Khairpur v Hyderabad Whites 1969-70
  12. Zafar Mahmood at Cricket Archive
  13. Karachi Whites v Khairpur 1971-72
  14. Commerce Bank v Khairpur 1973-74

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