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Cricket resumes in Pakistan after religious protests end
National T20 Cup

Cricket resumes in Pakistan after religious protests end

With life returning to normalcy all over the country after religious protests were called off on Monday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to resume domestic season from Wednesday.

The semi-finals and final of the National T20 Cup will be held on November 29 and 30 at Rawalpindi, the same venue, after the three matches, scheduled to be held last weekend, were postponed due to protests which blocked the city, restricting the teams and officials to their hotels.

A religious party had staged a sit-in since November 6 on a main junction in Rawalpindi blocking access routes to Islamabad. The sit-in turned into a violent protest and spread across the country after a police crackdown on Saturday as thousands of loyalists of the party blocked major junctions and avenues in all the major cities which forced the PCB to postpone the National T20 Cup and the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for an indefinite period.

The first semi-final between Lahore Whites and Faisalabad will begin at noon and the second semi-final between Lahore Blues and FATA will start at 4:00 pm (both local times).

Salman Butt-led Lahore Whites recently set a record for the highest score with a fall of wicket when Kamran Akmal and Butt set an unbeaten 209-run opening partnership against Islamabad. Akmal, the highest run-scorer of the tournament so far, smacked 150 runs from 71 balls with 14 4s and 12 6s.

Super 8 round of QeA Trophy from Dec 3

The second stage of Pakistan’s premier first-class tournament, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, will begin from December 3 which will see eight teams play three matches each in Karachi and Hyderabad.

The final, which will be a five-day affair, will begin from December 21.

The Super 8 stage was earlier scheduled to begin on November 29.