QEA Trophy final to be a day-night 4 day match
The final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan's premier domestic first-class tournament, will be played under lights with the use of coloured balls, an unprecedented event in Pakistan first-class cricket. The finalists, Pakistan International Airlines and Habib Bank Limited, will meet at the National Stadium in Karachi on January 13 for the five-day final after jointly topping the Division One table, tied on 57 points.
First-class cricket has been played under lights in India before while the start of the English domestic season, in Abu Dhabi, featured pink balls. "This innovation is in line with the initiatives that the PCB has been taking to improve the standard of the domestic game in Pakistan," Ijaz Butt, the board's chairman, said in a release.
"The success of this event will bode well for our domestic structure as it could have positive implications for holding matches during the summers in Pakistan," Javed Miandad, former Pakistan captain and current director general of the PCB, said.
The total prize money for the final is Rs.1.75 million, with the winner taking home Rs.1 million.