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Pakistan to organise 10 day-night first-class matches this season

Pakistan to organise 10 day-night first-class matches this season

Pakistan's first-class season will witness 10 day-night affairs in the 2016-17 season of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

The decision, reported by ESPNcricinfo, is taken to prepare country's top-cricketers for the first day-night Test to be played at Brisbane during the tour of Australia later this year.

However, the format remains unchanged from the last year and 16 teams will feature in the Pakistan's premier cricket tournament.

The top 12 teams of the last season — six regional and six departmental — will automatically secure berths and the last four spots will be filled by the 14 teams after contesting in a qualification round.

In an extraordinary move, the Pakistan Cricket Board has increased the players' match fees by 100 per cent. Meaning that the players competing for the regional fee will earn 50 pc of the international match fee of the format.

The cricket board has been experimenting with the pink ball for last six seasons.

The last day-night affair on Pakistani soil received wide criticism by the experts and cricketers due to the invisibility of the ball.

The final of the said trophy between United Bank Limited (UBL) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) earlier this year saw the maximum total of only 238 runs by the Misbah-led SNGPL which went on to win the match by 6 wickets.

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