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Twenty20 comes to town

Written by Kashif Aziz on February 24th, 2006   (839 views)

The colourful and exciting ABN Amro Twenty20 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 Lahore.

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.

Domestic cricket of Pakistan has undergone a tremendous change with the sponsorship of ABN Amro Bank, known for sponsoring various sports around the globe. Last year’s Twenty20 tournament, featuring 11 regional teams, proved to be an unqualified success and drew in huge crowds with some 30,000 people watching the night final held at the Gaddafi Stadium. The tournament — shown live on the Dubai-based channel Ten Sports and PTV — proved to be a major boost for the ailing domestic cricket structure and forced the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to make it a regular feature in the domestic calendar.

In 2005 ABN Amro Bank launched the Twenty20 campaign, featuring former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, with a title slogan: “Are you ready for it?’ (Kiya Aap Tiyyar Hain?). And this year’s slogan is ‘Action Time’. Like previous year, the tournament has a special attraction for the players, who will get cash prizes on every six, four, wicket, catch and a stump. The prize money for the winners of the championship, in which 13 teams (divided into two pools) will participate, has been increased to Rs 700,000/- And hopefully the tournament, in which Pakistan national team’s star players will also participate, is likely to generate more public interest and provide healthy entertainment to the cricket crazy fans.

Source: Daily Times

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