The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will conduct a festival match in Muzaffarabad on 6 September – the day which marks the 54th Defence Day of Pakistan. This exhibition match is being hosted to promote the sport in an otherwise overlooked region in terms of cricket development.
The Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium is also one of the venues selected for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Second XI matches. The two sides are PCB Chairman’s XI and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister’s XI, who will play out a T20 fixture.
The two teams will be captained by Sarfaraz Ahmed and Azhar Ali. The high-profile players include: Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Bilal Asif, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Rahat Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shan Masood and Usman Shinwari.