|Administrator||Pakistan Cricket Board|
|Number of teams||6|
|Current champion||Habib Bank (3rd title)|
|Most successful||Karachi cricket teams (20 titles)|
|Most runs||Saad Ali|
|Most wickets||Aizaz Cheema|
|Website||Quaid-e-Azam Trophy – ESPNcricinfo|
The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship contested in Pakistan by six regional teams.
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.
Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the world’s sixth-most populous country with a population exceeding 212.7 million people. In area, it is the 33rd-largest country, spanning 881,913 square kilometres. Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre (650-mile) coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China in the northeast. It is separated narrowly from Tajikistan by Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor in the northwest, and also shares a maritime border with Oman.
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.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a lawyer, politician and the founder of Pakistan. Jinnah served as the leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan's creation on 14 August 1947, and then as Pakistan's first Governor-General until his death. He is revered in Pakistan as Quaid-i-Azam and Baba-i-Qaum, "Father of the Nation"). His birthday is considered a national holiday in Pakistan.
The 1953–54 season of the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy was the first edition of the tournament, and the inaugural first-class cricket competition played in Pakistan following its independence in 1947. One of the tournament's purposes was to help determine the Pakistan national side's squad for its tour of England in 1954.
Bahawalpur cricket team is a first-class cricket side in Pakistan, representing the city of Bahawalpur.
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. The Pakistan Cricket Board announced a new domestic structure ahead of the 2019–20 season, which included the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy being contested by six newly formed regional teams.
The Pakistan Cricket Board - PCB controls and organises all tours and matches undertaken by the Pakistan national cricket team.
The 2019–20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy is a first-class domestic cricket competition that is currently taking place in Pakistan from 14 September to 13 December 2019. Habib Bank Limited were the defending champions. However, after the new domestic structure announced by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), six newly formed regional teams are playing in the tournament.
Karachi has won the trophy 20 times (most by any team).
|Year||Winning team||Runner-up||Number of teams||Regional||Departmental||Number of matches||Format|
|1954/55||Karachi||Combined Services||9||7||2||8||knockout; semi-finals|
|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|
|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|
|1966/67||Karachi||Pakistan Railways||7||6||1||6||knockout; semi-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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|2018/19||Habib Bank||SNGPL||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, Habib Bank 3, Bahawalpur, 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.
|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.|
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