ABN Amro Twenty20 Cup 2006

ABN Amro Twenty20 Cup 2006

The ABN Amro Twenty20 Cup 2006/2007 started from December 21, 2006 in Karachi.

National stars, representing 13 regional teams, will fight for top honours in the six-day event. Faisalabad Wolves won the inaugural Twenty20 Cup played in Lahore while Sialkot Stallions beat defending champions Faisalabad Wolves in the final of second Twenty20 Cup played in February-March this year in Karachi.

Poor umpiring standards witnessed in Twenty20 Cup

Umpiring standards have raised questions during the recent ABN AMRO [tag]Twenty20[/tag] Cup. The News has a report about umpiring conflicts in a match between Karachi Dolphins and Lahore Lions.

The [tag]Karachi[/tag] Dolphins team that lost in the semifinals of the Twenty20 Cup tournament are still waiting for a response to their complaint that an umpire gave a seven balls over in their crucial tie against [tag]Lahore[/tag] Lions, which led to costing them the game.

In just one example of the many umpiring blunders witnessed in the tournament and seen by thousands on television, in the Karachi Dolphins and Lahore Lions opener veteran umpire Z I Pasha committed the ultimate blunder.

ABN-AMRO Cup National One-day Championship

After the Twenty20 Cup, another ABN AMRO sponsored tournament is going to start, precisely today. It was earlier to have been staged from February 21 to March 8, but later the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to have the Twenty20 Cup competition earlier than scheduled.

The ABN-AMRO Cup National One-day Championship, a One Day International tournament, will be contested by teams comprising of two leagues, Gold and Silver.

Gold League — Faisalabad Wolves v Peshawar Panthers at Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad, Sialkot Stallions v Lahore Eagles at Sheikhupura Stadium and Rawalpindi Rams v Karachi Zebras at Pindi Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi.

Twenty20 ends amidst chaos and mismangement

[tag]Sialkot[/tag] Stallions were crowned the new champions of the ABN-AMRO [tag]Twenty20[/tag] Cup National Cricket Championship, when they beat last season’s winners [tag]Faisalabad[/tag] Wolves in the 2005-06 final rather comfortably by six wickets, here at the National Stadium under lights on the night between Saturday and Sunday.

In a match unfortunately marred by unruly crowd behaviour, some two hours of precious time was lost overall. When some order was restored, the Wolves players who were at the batting crease appeared visibly shaken up.

Rana Naveed got Man of the Match award and Rs. 20,000 for his three wickets in four overs and an unbeaten 40 in 26 balls.

TV crew of Ten Sports leaves Pakistan after Karachi blast

Dubai based Ten Sports has pulled out it’s crew from Karachi after the bomb blast on thursday. PCB is now try to negotiate a deal with PTV to broadcast rest of the matches of the ABN AMRO Twenty20 CUP.

According to the report in The News, The foreign television producers and broadcasters of the ongoing Twenty20 Cup national tournament have pulled out of Pakistan following the suicide bomb attack outside the United states Consulate here on Thursday.

An official of the Dubai-based channel, which holds the television rights of Pakistan cricket and were broadcasting the tournament, confirmed the production crew would be returning home on the next available flight.

Fresh Faces in Camp for Sri Lanka Tour

The national selection committee, headed by Wasim Bari, has in a bold step invited five uncapped players to attend the national training camp being set up for the tour of Sri Lanka from March 8 in Lahore.

The Pakistan Cricket Board ([tag]PCB[/tag]), announcing the list of probables for the camp on Wednesday, also said the three members of the Pakistan Under-19 team which recently won the [tag]ICC[/tag] Youth [tag]World Cup[/tag] in [tag]Sri Lanka[/tag], would also attend the camp so that the captain and coach could look at them and it should also prove to be an incentive for them.

PCB trivial business at NSK bothers fans

The financially sound [tag]Pakistan[/tag] Cricket Board ([tag]PCB[/tag]), in a strange display of business acumen, has awarded a contract for charged parking for the [tag]Twenty20[/tag] Cup tournament being held here at the National Stadium [tag]Karachi[/tag] (NSK), The News reports.

On one hand while claiming to have the Twenty20 tournament for attracting the crowds towards domestic cricket by keeping the entry free, the PCB’s Karachi office has given the parking space inside the stadium on contract to a private party.

The contractor is charging people on motorcycles five rupees and those in vehicles ten rupees for parking their vehicles inside the stadium.

Unfit and chronic-stress fractured

A survey carried out by South African trainer [tag]Grant Compton[/tag] to check the general fitness standards in domestic cricket, has revealed that around 30 to 35 players were playing with stress-fracture injuries while many didn’t meet even the minimum fitness levels required for top-grade cricketers.

According to the details, Compton, who is posted at the National Cricket Academy ([tag]NCA[/tag]) in Lahore and his wife who is also a qualified trainer, examined number of players from various teams in domestic cricket at different levels to check their fitness standards.

ABN AMRO Twenty20 Cup Schedule

ABN AMRO Twenty20 Cup Schedule

Pool A: Karachi Zebras, Lahore Eagles, Faisalabad Wolves, Peshawar Panthers, Sialkot Stallions, Rawalpindi Rams, Multan Tigers.

Pool B: Karachi Dolphins, Lahore Lions, Hyderabad Hawks, Quetta Bears, Islamabad Leopards, Abbottabad Rhinos.

Feb 24: Lahore Eagles v Sialkot Stallions at UBL Sports Complex (10:00am-12:55pm); Hyderabad Hawks v Quetta Bears at NBP Sports Complex (10:00am-12:55pm); Karachi Zebras v Rawalpindi Rams at UBL Sports Complex (2:00pm-4:55pm); Islamabad Leopards v Abbottabad Rhinos at NBP Sports Complex (2:00pm-4:55pm); Peshawar Panthers v Faisalabad Wolves at National Stadium (5:00pm-7:55pm); Karachi Dolphins v Lahore Lions at National Stadium (8:30pm-11:25pm).

Twenty20 comes to town

The colourful and exciting [tag]ABN Amro[/tag] [tag]Twenty20[/tag] Cricket Tournament is starting on February 24 (Friday) at different venues in Karachi. The opening match will be played between Peshawar Panthers and Faislabad Wolves who won the inaugural tournament last year in [tag]Lahore[/tag].

Twenty20 cricket, in which sides play 20-overs each, was introduced in England three years back and has proved a huge success, attracting more crowds than normal matches.