Sports: Cricket: Afridi inaugurates HBL Inter-School Cricket TourneySeptember 17, 2014
Karachi: All-rounder Shahid Afridi, the newly appointed Pakistan T20 skipper, inaugurated the HBL Inter-School Cricket Tournament 2014 in a colourful ceremony here at the Karachi Gymkhana Cricket Ground on Thursday.
More than five hundred students from the participating schools were present with their placards in the inauguration ceremony which was also attended by Younis Khan, an ex-Pakistan captain, Test Player Asad Shafiq and former cricketers, Jalaluddin and Abdul Raquib.
Aman Aziz Siddiqui, Head of Strategy & Investment, HBL, in his brief speech, announced that his bank will be making the Inter-School Tournament a national event with the collaboration of the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA).
Fawad Ijaz Khan, Chairman, PVCA, welcomed the initiative of HBL and looked forward to making the Inter-School competition a nationwide annual event. He mentioned that it’s for the seventh time the PVCA is organizing an Inter-School Tournament in Karachi.
Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq interacted with the players and officials of the participating teams besides giving them a brief motivational talk. In their brief address, they emphasized on the importance of discipline in the game.
A total of 32 outfits, including a couple of them selected by HBL on the basis of open trials have entered the HBL Inter-School Cricket Tournament 2014.
A total of 55 matches will be played over a period of nearly two and a half months. At the end of the league matches, the leaders of all the eight groups will qualify for the knockout stage of the competition, starting with the quarter-finals. The final is due to be played at the Karachi Gymkhana on November 27.
The players born on or after September 1, 1997 will be eligible to take part in the tournament and only those teams/players approved by the PVCA will be allowed to take the field. All the matches will be 40-overs-a-side contest.
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