Lahore: Northern made history here at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Tuesday when they thrashed Sindh by an innings and 55 runs to win their first Quaid-e-Azam Trophy title within four days of the five-day final.
Al Shamal captain Omar Amin received the winning trophy as well as 10,000,000 rupees.
Northern have been the finalists twice since the domestic system was revamped in 2019-20. They were lucky the third time after losing the title in the 2019-20 and 2021-22 seasons. Starting their second innings with a deficit of 309 runs, Sindh lost six wickets in the first session and were 105 for six at lunch.
That Sindh managed to score 254 off 56.2 overs was largely due to Fouad Alam’s first-class 43rd century which included a 63-run partnership with first-innings bowler Asif Mahmoud (21 from 33 balls) and a 62-run eighth-wicket partnership with Muhammad Omar (36 out of 31).
Fawad’s innings of 113 runs came off 130 balls, 18 of which were fours. For the north, Aamir Jamal and Musa Khan took three wickets each, while Mehran Mumtaz took two wickets.
This edition of the Quaid-e-Azam Cup will be remembered for the North’s total domination of the tournament. Muhammad Hurairah topped the hits list with 1,024 hits and had the best goal of the tournament. For his two match-winning centuries, Kitten was also named MVP of the final.
The 20-year-old Musabir Khan was named Player of the Tournament for his all-around performance (522 runs and 31 wickets). He was also named player of the tournament in the Quaid-e-Azam Cup last year.
Raheel Nazir is another 21-year-old who was named the best wicket-keeper in the tournament. He completed 43 dismissals behind the stumps and scored 434 runs in the Championship.
Sindh player Abrar Ahmed was named the best player in the tournament. He took 43 wickets in 12 innings. The enigmatic spinner could not feature for his team in the final as he was named in Pakistan’s squad for the three-match Test series against England.
The results in a nutshell: Al-Shamali beat Al-Sind with a round and 55 rounds in Al-Sind 284 in full, and 92.5 overruns (Asif Mahmoud 78, Fouad Alam 61 not out, Omair Bin Youssef 36, Saad Khan 35, Saim Ayoub 29, Musa Khan 3-61, Amer Jamal 3-76, Mussar Khan 2-59) and 254 in full, 56.2 above (Fouad Alam 113, Muhammad Omar 36, Alian Mahmoud 33; Musa Khan 3-49, Amer Jamal 3-63, Mahran Mumtaz 2-75) 593 Northern All of them, 141 plus (Muhammad Hurairah 221, Omar Amin 114, Omar Wahid 109, Raheel Nazir 94, Alian Mahmoud 4-96, Muhammad Omar 4-116).