PCB will be holding The RBS National Twenty20 Championship from May 25 to 29 in Lahore with 13 regional teams participating in a tournament featuring 18 matches, including the final, in just five days. The tournament has been affected by IPL schedule and the forthcoming T20 world cup in June. The PCB officials consider this time for the popular domestic event. It is not in favor of players or spectators either. The scorching weather in Lahore, experiencing 40-plus degrees temperature these days, is also expected to keep the fans away from the tournament where the matches will start at 9am, 2pm and 4pm.
The tournament is held evey year and a good way to explore domestic talent. The players of national team are also part of the regional tems which is beneficial for the local players also.
Sialkot Stallions, led by former Pakistan’s captain Shoaib Malik, will defend their title this year. A total cash prize-money of Rs4.4 million was at stake with the winning team to pocket Rs2.5 million and the runners-up Rs1 million.
The man-of-the-final will get Rs50, 000 while the best bowler, batsman, wicket-keeper, fielder of the final and both semi-finals will receive a cash prize of Rs25, 000 each.
The best bowler, batsman, wicket-keeper, fielder of the tournament will receive a purse of Rs30, 000 each. Moreover, a total cash prize of Rs425, 000 will be distributed in the preliminary round.
Group ‘A’: Faisalabad Wolves, Rawalpindi Rams, Lahore Lions, Quetta Bears.
Group ‘B’: Sialkot Stallions, Multan Tigers, Karachi Zebras.
Group ‘C’: Peshawar Panthers, Hyderabad Hawks, Islamabad Leopards.
Group ‘D’: Lahore Eagles, Karachi Dolphins, Abbottabad Rhinos.