Sports: Cricket: HBL Inter-Schools Cricket Tournament begins todaySeptember 16, 2014
Karachi: The HBL Inter-Schools Cricket Tournament 2014 begins today (Thursday) where 32 teams will be seen battling for top honours. Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA) is organizing this tournament, which will be played at different grounds across the city.
Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan and newly appointed T20 skipper Shahid Afridi, both of whom are employed by HBL, are expected to make an appearance in the tournament’s opening ceremony here at the Karachi Gymkhana on Thursday.
The participating teams have been divided equally in eight groups. The Group A comprises of HBL Schoolboys Whites, Behbud Boys Secondary School, Ladybird Grammar School and Foundation Public School while the Group B contains Habib Public School, Army Public School, Fatimiyah Boys School and Beaconhouse School PECHS.
The Group C features Kamran Public School, Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Falconhouse Grammar School and Azeem Academy while the Group D is composed of Fahad Academy, New Standard Grammar School, Zeeshan Public School and Qadri Model School.
The quartet of St Patrick’s High School, Karachi Grammar School, Civil Aviation Authority School and Beaconhouse School North Nazimabad constitute the Group E while the Group F has the presence of St Paul’s High School, Karachi Public School, Happy Home School and Rangers Public School.
The Group G includes Fahim School System, Ebrahim Ali Bhai School, Qamar-e-Bani Hashim School and Khan Secondary while the contestants in the Group H are HBL Schoolboys Greens, New Oxford Grammar School, The City School and Metropolitan Academy.
At the end of the league matches, the leaders of all the eight groups will be advancing to the knockout stage of the competition, starting with the quarter-finals. Both the semifinals as well as the final will be telecasted live. The final will be played at the Karachi Gymkhana on November 27.
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