Southern Punjab cricket team
Personnel
CaptainUmar Siddiq
CoachShahid Anwar
OwnerSouthern Punjab Cricket Association
ManagerShahid Butt
Team information
Colors  Maroon   Green
Founded2019; 3 years ago (2019)
Home groundMultan Cricket Stadium, Multan
Secondary home ground(s)Bahawal Stadium, Bahawalpur
History
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy wins0
Pakistan Cup wins0
National T20 Cup wins0

Southern Punjab cricket team is a domestic cricket team in Pakistan representing the southern parts of the Punjab province. It competes in domestic first-class, List A and T20 cricket competitions, namely the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan Cup and National T20 Cup. The team is operated by the Southern Punjab Cricket Association.

History

The team was introduced as a part of the new domestic structure announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on 31 August 2019.[1] On 3 September 2019, the PCB confirmed the squad for the team.[2][3] In December 2020, it was announced that Aaron Summers would play for Southern Punjab in the 2020–21 Pakistan Cup,[4] becoming the first Australian cricketer to play in a domestic cricket competition in Pakistan.[5]

2019/20 Season

Southern Punjab finished in fourth and third place respectively in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and National T20 Cup. The Pakistan Cup was cancelled this season due to the covid-19 pandemic.

2020/21 Season

The team finished in third, fourth and fifth place respectively, in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan Cup and the National T20 Cup.

Structure

As of 2019, domestic cricket in Pakistan was reorganised into six regional teams (on provincial lines). A three tier bottom-up system[6] is in operation with the Tier 1 teams participating in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (First Class), Pakistan Cup (List A) and National T20 Cup (Regional T20). The Tier 2 teams participate in the City Cricket Association Tournament whilst the Tier 3 teams participate in various local tournaments as both tiers feed players to the Tier 1 team.

Current squad

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

Name Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
Zain Abbas (1991-11-02) 2 November 1991 (age 30) Left-handed
Sohaib Maqsood (1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Imran Rafiq (1996-11-03) 3 November 1996 (age 25) Left-handed
Mukhtar Ahmed (1992-12-20) 20 December 1992 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Mohammad Umair (1994-10-31) 31 October 1994 (age 27) Right-handed
Tayyab Tahir (1993-07-26) 26 July 1993 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
All-Rounders
Agha Salman (1993-11-23) 23 November 1993 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Mohammad Imran (1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Aamer Yamin (1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm medium Vice-captain
Khushdil Shah (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 26) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Hassan Khan (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 23) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Wicket-keepers
Umar Siddiq (1992-12-30) 30 December 1992 (age 29) Left-handed Captain
Zeeshan Ashraf (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 29) Left-handed
Waqar Hussain (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 27) Right-handed
Azam Khan (1998-08-10) 10 August 1998 (age 23) Right-handed
Spin Bowlers
Umer Khan (1999-08-05) 5 August 1999 (age 22) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Mohammad Irfan (1989-10-31) 31 October 1989 (age 32) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Faisal Akram (2003-08-20) 20 August 2003 (age 18) Left-handed Slow left-arm unorthodox
Pace Bowlers
Mohammad Ilyas (1999-03-21) 21 March 1999 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Zia-ul-Haq (1994-12-11) 11 December 1994 (age 27) Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium
Bilawal Bhatti (1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Ali Shafiq (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Mohammad Abbas (1990-03-10) 10 March 1990 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Naseem Shah (2003-02-15) 15 February 2003 (age 18) Right-handed Right-arm fast
Aaron Summers (1996-05-24) 24 May 1996 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast Overseas cricketer from Australia Australia

See also

References

  1. ^ "PCB unveils new domestic set-up with 'stay at the top' mantra". ESPN Cricinfo.
  2. ^ "PCB announces squads for 2019–20 domestic season". Pakistan Cricket Board.
  3. ^ "Sarfaraz Ahmed and Babar Azam to take charge of Pakistan domestic sides". ESPNCricinfo. 3 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Pakistan Cup gets Australia fast bowler boost". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Aaron Summers set to be first Australian to play Pakistan domestic cricket". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  6. ^ "City Cricket Association tournament schedule announced". Pcb.com.pk. Retrieved 7 November 2021.