Habib Bank Limited
Personnel
CaptainShahid Afridi
CoachKabir Khan
OwnerHabib Bank Limited
Team information
Colours 
Founded1975
Dissolved2019

The Habib Bank Limited cricket team was a first-class cricket side, sponsored by the Habib Bank Limited, who competed as a departmental team in Pakistan domestic cricket from 1975–76 season.

Before disbandment, the bank was providing an annual budget of ₨100 million.[1]

History

Habib Bank made its debut on the Pakistan domestic circuit in 1975-76 and attained ‘Grand Slam’ in 1977-78.[2]

Since their debut, they have won the United Bank Limited (UBL) Trophy and Servis Cup limited-overs competitions in their inaugural season.[2]

As of mid-January 2014 they had played 378 first-class matches, with 166 wins, 70 losses, 141 draws and 1 tie.[3] They had also played 257 List A matches, with 181 wins, 73 losses and 3 no-results,[4] and 10 Twenty20 matches, with 8 wins, 2 losses.[5]

In April 2019, Habib Bank Limited did not renew players' contracts and ended the team.[6]

In May 2019, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan revamped the domestic cricket structure in Pakistan, excluding departmental teams in favour of regional sides, therefore ending the participation of the team.[7] The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was criticised in removing departmental sides, with players voicing their concern to revive the teams.[8]

Honours

Patron's Trophy (9)

Pentangular Trophy (5)

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (3)

National One Day Championship (6)

2018-19 Quaid-e-Azam One Day Cup (1)

Ramadan T20 Cup (1)

References

  1. ^ Khan, Khalid H. (4 April 2019). "Blow to departmental cricket as HBL disbands long-serving team". DAWN.COM.
  2. ^ a b "One million rupees for the champions". www.thenews.com.pk.
  3. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". cricketarchive.com.
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  6. ^ "Habib Bank 'demobilises' cricket team, to continue investing in PSL". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Imran Khan rejects PCB's new domestic model". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Umar Gul: We need departmental cricket back in Pakistan". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 September 2020.