Twenty20 Cup: Sialkot retains the National Title

Posted on October 8, 2008
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Fourth edition of National Twenty20 Cup concluded in Lahore today with Sialkot Stallions retaining the Champions title for third year running. Runners Up Karachi Dolphins were left wondering about their luck and skills as they have now appeared in 3 Finals in the past 4 tournaments and lost everytime.

Final Score: Karachi Dolphins (125/9), Sialkot Stallions (126/3). Detailed Scorecard here

Following have been winners and runners-up of 4 twenty-20 national tournaments that have been played in Pakistan so far.

2004/05: Winner: Faisalabad Wolves, Runners Up: Karachi Dolphins
2005/06: Winner: Sialkot Stallions, Runners Up: Faisalabad Wolves
2006/07: Winner: Sialkot Staliions, Runners Up: Karachi Dolphins
2007/08: Winner: Sialkot Stallions, Runners Up: Karachi Dolphins

13 teams from all over Pakistan took part in this year’s tournament. They were divided into 4 pools with winners of each pool qualifying for semi-finals. The points table at the end of pool matches looked as below.

Semi Final 1: Karachi Dolphins (69/1) beat Islamabad Leopards (68)
Semi Final 2: Sialkot Stallions (117/6) beat Lahore Lions (111/6)

Karachi and Sialkot both had a star-studded team. To me, atleast on paper Karachi’s team looked stronger with services of 6 players who have representated Pakistan’s national team.

Karachi was lead by Shahid Afridi. It also had Pakistan’s 5 other ODI players: Fawad Alam, Sohail Khan, Naumanullah, Khurram Manzoor and wicket keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Sialkot was lead by Pakistan’s national team captain Shoaib Malik and it also had the services of Pakistan’s 3 national ODI players Mansoor Amjad, Abdur Rehman and Kashif Raza and 1 test player Qaiser Abbas.

Shoaib Akhtar ki wapsi

Ofcourse a big news for this year’s tournament has been the return of Shoaib Akhter. He played for Islamabad Leopards and his performance remained as follows

v Karachi Dolpins: 4 runs in batting and 3-0-22-0 in bowling.
v Multan Tigers: did not bat and 4-1-14-1 in bowling
v Peshawar Panthers: 3 runs in batting and 4-0-30-1 in bowling

12 Comments on “Twenty20 Cup: Sialkot retains the National Title”

  1. October 8th, 2008 1:53 pm

    Congratulations to the Sialkot ‘Ghoray’. We need to place a greater emphasis on sports excellence in our society. Our disillusioned youth will benefit from a sense of pride and accomplishment.

  2. Peace Angel says:
    October 8th, 2008 2:36 pm

    I think its absolutely disgusting that Australia refuses to play in Pakistan byt plays in India with so many bomb blasts happening there as well…ICC should do something about this. If this continues, no ‘white’ country will come and play here…any thoughts?

  3. Raza says:
    October 8th, 2008 3:27 pm

    Too bad the Karachi Dolphins ended up being second-best to Sialkot. Why is it that every team I support either performs miserably or fails at the very last hurdle? Perhaps that’s a debate for another day, but with all the doom and gloom surrounding the country at the moment, it was nice to see the attention diverted to something fun and light-hearted, even if it lasted for a just a few days. The harsh reality is that we will not see International cricket in the country for god knows how long and we fans will be starved of quality cricket for a considerable amount of time. Also, our national team hasn’t lived up to its expectations lately (come to think of it, has anything associated with Pakistan done good of late?) and I would, personally, love to see them getting back to winning ways whether they play at home or abroad.

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    October 9th, 2008 12:29 am

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  5. Riaz Haq says:
    October 9th, 2008 1:11 am

    Does leadership matter? Could this result have anything to do with the leadership styles of Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi? Does one set a better example for the team than the other?
    Is there a reason why Shoaib leads Pak national team rather than Afridi?

  6. faisal says:
    October 9th, 2008 6:37 am

    Very welcome distraction from mullahs exploding themselves around the country.

  7. Okha_Jatt says:
    October 9th, 2008 7:56 am

    Okha Jatt is proud supporter of Sialkot Stallions. Well done, Sialkotis.

  8. Owais Mughal says:
    October 9th, 2008 11:31 am

    Last year Karachi Dolphins lost to Sialkot Stallions by mere 5 runs in the final. Shahid Afridi decided not to play in the final for Karachi and had left the country on the day of the final. Nothing wrong with his personal decision.

    It may have left the city team weaker for the final though.

  9. Owais Mughal says:
    October 9th, 2008 11:42 am

    Twenty20 Tournament Awards this Year went as follows:

    Winners: Sialkot Stallions: Rs 2.5 million
    Runner-Up: Karachi Dolphins: Rs 1 million

    Man of the Match for Finals: Shoaib Malik of Sialkot Stallions

    Best Batsman: Salman Butt of Lahore Lions

    Best Bowler: Sohail Ahmed of Lahore Lions

    Best Fielder: Naumanullah of Karachi Dolphins

    Best Wicket Keeper: Joint award for Ali Raza of Lahore Eagles, Salman Khan of Faisalabad and Sarfraz Ahmed of Karachi Dolphins

  10. Faraz Khalid says:
    October 9th, 2008 12:26 pm

    Interestingly, this year Sialkot had a much weaker team than what they had in past tournaments. They were without the services of Mohammad Asif, Imran Nazir and Rana Naveed – all experienced national players for pakistan, and all currently banned for one reason or the other.

    So Shoaib Malik led a fairly weak side this year to the title. That’s a job well done.

    I believe Sialkot has now qualified for the Dec 08 champion’s league in India, featuring top 2 IPL teams (Chennai and Rajhistan), top 2 Australian domestic teams and top english county team. That contest, with huge prize money, media attention, and crowd pulling ability, is bound to give these youngsters from Sialkot a rare opportunity to compete at BIG level.

  11. Owais Mughal says:
    October 9th, 2008 12:31 pm

    Faraz, I agree with your assessmant. Sialkot performed very well inspite of missing some of their big names. Karachi team looked much stronger on paper but got defeated by a better performance from Sialkot.

  12. Owais Mughal says:
    July 2nd, 2011 12:12 am

    Pakistan’s 8th National T-20 Cup concluded today. Rawalpindi Rams emerge as the new champion while Karachi Dolphins lost their 5th Final match in 8 years. This must be a record of losing Finals!

    2011/12: Rawalpindi Rams, 2nd: Karachi Dolphins
    2010/11: Lahore Lions, 2nd: Karachi Dolphins
    2009/10: Sialkot Stallions, 2nd: Faisalabad Wolves
    2008/09: Sialkot Stallions, 2nd: Lahore Lions
    2007/08: Sialkot Stallions, 2nd: Karachi Dolphins
    2006/07: Sialkot Staliions, 2nd: Karachi Dolphins
    2005/06: Sialkot Stallions 2nd: Faisalabad Wolves
    2004/05: Faisalabad Wolves 2nd: Karachi Dolphins

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