Pakistan Cup 2016 Schedule & Players List
The 2016 edition of the Pakistan Cup has gotten under way on April 19 and will continue up until May 1. It is a domestic fifty-over tournament featuring five teams from across the country. All the matches will be played at the Iqbal stadium in Faisalabad.
The five teams will play each other once each and at the end of five rounds of fixtures, the top two sides will be pitted against each other in the grand finale. Pakistan cup live streaming will be available on PTV site for all matches.
Pakistan Cup 2016 Teams
The five sides which will compete for the trophy this year are Punjab Badshahs, Sindh Knights, Baluchistan Warriors, Federal United and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Fighters.
Punjab are led by Shoaib Malik and have quite a few current and former Pakistan internationals. Former skipper Salman Butt will feature for this side besides Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Razwan, and Zulfiqar Babar.
Punjab Badshahs Team Squad: Shoaib Malik, Salman Butt, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Asif Ali, Akbar-ur-Rehman, Mohammad Rizwan, Saad Nasim, Aamer Yamin, Ehsan Adil, Amad Butt, Adnan Ghaus, Zulfiqar Babar, Saif Badar
Sarfraz Ahmed will lead Sindh which also has Mohammad Amir and Khalid Latif in the side as far as players who have featured for the national team are concerned.
Sindh Knights Team Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed, Khurram Manzoor, Sami Aslam, Mohammad Waqas, Sohaib Maqsood, Khalid Latif, Fawad Alam, Saad Ali, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan, Ruman Raees, Hassan Khan
Balochistan will be skippered by Azhar Ali and has some great players in their ranks. Babar Azam, Umar Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, and Saeed Ajmal are some heavyweight players who will feature for Balochistan.
Baluchistan Warriors Team Squad: Azhar Ali, Awais Zia, Ramiz Raja, Babar Azam, Umar Akmal, Shahid Yousuf, Mohammad Hasan, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan, Bilawal Bhatti, Umar Gul, Imran Khan, Usama Mir, Saeed Ajmal
Former international captain Misbah ul Haq will be in charge of Federal. Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Irfan, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Sharjeel Khan are the Pakistan internationals who will turn out in these colours.
Federal United Team Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq, Sharjeel Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Zakir, Hammad Azam, Sarmad Bhatti, Arsal Sheikh, Imran Khalid, Zafar Gohar, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Irfan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have placed their trust on experienced pro Younis Khan as their skipper despite having Ahmed Shehzad in their ranks. They also have Rahat Ali, Yasir Shah, and Mohammad Asghar among their best players heading into this tournament.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Fighters Team Squad: Younis Khan,Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Rameez Aziz, Naveed Yasin, Musadiq Ahmed, Bismillah Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Rahat Ali, Azarullah Sadaif, Mehdi Yasir, Shah Mohammad, Asghar Zohaib, Khan Hayatullah
The tournament will provide a good platform for players young and old to force themselves into the reckoning for the national team. Besides, the amount of talent that is out there for this competition is likely to translate into some quality matches over the course of the next two weeks.
Pakistan Cup Schedule 2016
April 19: Punjab vs Baluchistan
April 20: KPK vs Islamabad
April 21: Sindh vs Baluchistan
April 22: Punjab vs KPK
April 23: Islamabad vs Sindh
April 24: KPK vs Baluchistan
April 25: Islamabad vs Punjab
April 26: Rest Day
April 27: Sindh vs KPK
April 28: Baluchistan vs Islamabad
April 29: Sindh vs Punjab
May 1: Pakistan Cup 2016 Final