Director-General of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Zaka Ashraf, praised Karachi Whites’ win at the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2023–24 during a meeting with the team’s leader, Sarfaraz Ahmed, and key bowler, Shahnawaz Dahani. The former Pakistan captain led Karachi Whites to victory over Faisalabad in the final of the domestic cricket event on Thursday.
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy winner Sarfaraz Ahmed praised by PCB chairman
The meeting took place at the headquarters of Pakistan Cricket in Lahore. “The PCB Chairman congratulated Karachi Whites for winning the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2023-24 and hailed the leadership qualities of their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed while also appreciating the performance of fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani,” the PCB said in a clear statement. In addition, Ashraf repeated PCB’s promise to keep working for the players’ health and the growth of regional cricket.
After beating Faisalabad by 456 runs on the last day of the five-day final at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Karachi Whites won their fifth Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. Faheem Ashraf, the captain of Faisalabad, was the last hitter to be out. He was caught off the bowling of Ghulam Mudassar, which made the team led by Sarfaraz Ahmed celebrate. They won Rs.10 million in cash. The last time Karachi Whites won the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy was in 2001–02, when they beat Peshawar by eight runs in the final.
Before that, they won three straight championships in 1990–91, 1991–92, and 1992–93. Man of the match went to Saim Ayub of Karachi Whites for his scores of 203 in the first innings and 109 in the second. Sarfaraz Ahmed, who led his team to victory and scored 697 runs while getting 28 outs, was named the tournament’s best player. The best bowler and wicket-keeper in the event were both from Faisalabad. Khurram Shahzad took 36 wickets in eight games, and Ali Shan made 28 catches and one stumping.