LAHORE - The weekend clashes are set to attract fan interest as Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Inverex Sindh takes on Misbah ul Haq’s ZIC Islamabad today (Saturday).

Tomorrow (Sunday)’s clash between Younus Khan’s Giggly Boom Boom Bubble Gum Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Brighto Paints Balochistan is also going to attract keen interest from cricket lovers.

The much-awaited Cool & Cool presents Haier Pakistan Cup 2016 begins in Faisalabad on April 19 with a mouth-watering clash between Brighto Paints Balochistan and Cookania Cake Rusk Punjab.

The tournament is a part of PCB’s efforts to further improve the quality of domestic cricket in the country. In total, 11 50-over matches will be played at the Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad with the country’s top cricketers showcasing their skills. Each team will play four league matches before the top two teams qualify to play the final May 1. The player remunerations have been increased by 100 percent for the tournament with a key focus on ensuring player welfare. Pakistan’s T20 skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed believes that the tournament will be a huge stepping stone for young cricketers. “We have a great chance to polish our 50-over skills ahead of a long season. It is great to see these innovations and I am confident that the youngsters are looking forward to this,” said Sarfaraz who is also leading the Sindh side.

National ODI captain Azhar Ali, who is leading a strong Balochistan side, also threw his weight behind the tournament.

“Pakistan Cup is going to provide quality entertainment to cricket fans. All five squads are evenly balanced and this will ensure competitive cricket,” stated Azhar.

Meanwhile, arrangements are being finalized to hold Pakistan One-day Cricket Cup at Iqbal Stadium on April 19 under the aegis of the PCB.

Five teams from across the country will participate in the event which will continue till May 1. All the matches will be played day and night and PTV sports will telecast matches live.

This was stated in a meeting held to review arrangements with DO (HRM) Khalid Masood Farokah in the chair. PCB security in-charge Yunus Butt, assistant manager marketing Ahmed Raza, assistant commissioner (city) Bilawal Abro, DO Sports Tariq Nazir and other officers from civil defense, Wasa, Waste Management Company and Rescue 1122 were also present.

Khalid Masood directed for immediate security arrangements, installation of walk through gates, medical camp, provision of clean drinking water, parking for vehicles etc.