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National T20 Cup 2023 is set to begin from 24 November and will last until 10 December. 18 teams will partake in the tournament which is scheduled to be played across four venues in Karachi.

All matches played at National Bank Stadium will be broadcasted on PTV Sports and ARY ZAP in Pakistan and live-streamed on YouTube in overseas territories.

Double-header matches at National Bank Stadium will begin at 1500 PKT and 2000 PKT, with toss conducted at 1430 PKT and 1930 PKT respectively.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also announced free entry for spectators for all National T20 Cup matches being played at National Bank Stadium. The Hanif Mohammad, Javed Miandad and Fazal Mahmood enclosures will be accessible to the spectators.

The 63-match tournament has been structured to open with group-stage games, which will be followed by Super Eight matches. A total of 32 group-stage matches are set to be played from 24 to 28 November. 18 participating teams have been put into four groups.

Group A features Lahore Whites, Peshawar, Karachi Blues, Larkana and Quetta while Lahore Blues, Karachi Whites, Islamabad, Hyderabad and Dera Murad Jamali were placed in Group B.

A total of four teams each were placed in Group C and D, unlike Group A and B which features five teams apiece.

Rawalpindi, Abbottabad, Faisalabad and Bahawalpur are placed in Group C while Group D include Multan, Sialkot, FATA and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

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The first set of fixtures of the National T20 Cup 2023-24 will see Lahore Whites face Larkana and Karachi Blues face Peshawar at NBP Sports Complex in Group A.

In Group B, Karachi Whites will play against Islamabad and Hyderabad will feature against DM Jamali at UBL Sports Complex.

Rawalpindi will take on Abbottabad and Faisalabad will face Bahawalpur at National Bank Stadium for Group C and lastly, for Group D, HPC Oval Ground will stage the Multan-Sialkot clash and FATA-AJK game.

The top two teams from each group will progress to the Super Eight stage, which will be played in a round-robin format from 1 to 8 December.

The complete schedule for Super Eight games will be revealed in due course.

Following the Super Eight stage, the top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals.

Both semi-finals are scheduled to be played on 9 December at National Bank Stadium, at 1500 PKT and 2000 PKT respectively.

The final is scheduled to be played at the same venue on 10 December. The toss will take place at 1930 PKT and the first ball will be bowled at 2000 PKT.

The winning team of the National T20 Cup will pocket a prize money of PKR 5 million. Meanwhile, the tournament runners-up will be awarded PKR 2.5 million.

The player of the tournament will be rewarded with PKR 250,000. The same amount has been allotted to three other awards; best batter, best bowler and best wicket-keeper of the tournament.

The player of the final will receive PKR 50,000 while the player of the match in each of the Super Eight games and the semi-finals will be given PKR 25,000.

This is the first edition of the tournament played since the PCB 2014 Constitution was reinstated.

The previous edition of the National T20 Cup, which featured six sides, was won by Sindh who clinched their maiden title after defeating defending champions Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by eight wickets.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lost out on securing a hat-trick of titles after winning both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 editions.

Squads for National T20 Cup 2023-24

Lahore Whites: Tayyab Tahir, Ali Zaryab, Muhammad Akhlaq, Saad Khan, Saad Nasim, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Bashir, Ahmed Danival, Amir Khan, Mohammad Naveed, Muneeb Wasif, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rameez Jnr, Kamran Afzal.

Rawalpindi: Abdul Fasseh, Nasir Nawaz, Rehman Khan, Umar Amin, Mubasir Khan, Zeeshan Malik, Umair Masood, Raza ul Mustafa, Sheraz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Jahandad Khan, Mehran Mumtaz, Umer Khan, Haider Ali, Yasir Khan, Zaman Khan

Karachi Whites: Ziaullah, Ammad Alam, Asad Shafiq, Omair Bin Yousuf, Khurram Manzoor, Danish Aziz, Azam Khan, Mohammad Hasan, Habibullah, Sohail Khan, Ghulam Mudassir, Aftab Ibrahim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Ashir Qureshi, Arif Yaqoob

Faisalabad: Mohammad Shehzad, Muhammad Irfan Khan, Abdul Samad, Abubakar Khan, Ali Shan, Taimoor Sultan, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Saleem, Waqas Maqsood, Sadaqat Ali, Asad Raza, Arham Nawab, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Asif Ali, Bilal Mehdi

Sialkot: Mohammad Huraira, Bilal Asif, Usman Khalid, Shoaib Malik, Ammad Butt, Mirza Tahir Baig, Salman Khan, Ashir Mehmood, Zaki Shaz Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Sohaibullah Khan, Asad Ali, Hamza Nazar, Shoaib Akhtar

Quetta: Bismillah Khan, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Jalat Khan, Gohar Faiz, Abdul Hanan, Najeebullah, Sved Zain Ullah, Mohammad Javed, Nadeem Ahmed, Salahuddin, Obaidullah, Sanaullah, Faheem Rasheed, Bakhtiar Shah, Bohir Aman

Karachi Blues: Jahanzaib Sultan, Mohammad Taha, Saifullah Bangash, Kashif Ali, Hasan Mohsin, Saqib Khan, Arish Ali Khan, Afnan Khan, Bahadur Ali, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Asghar, Rumman Raees, Fazal Subhan, Syed Waleed Azeem, Arbaz Khan

Hyderabad: Mohammad Suleman, Salman Khan, Tayyab Ali, Rizwan Mehmood, Daniyal Hussain Rajput, Fardeen Sheikh, Rao Sajid, Akbar Khan, Mustafa Nasir, Asim Jutt, Jawad Ali, Asad Malik, Majid Asghar, Sher Afzal, Zulfiqar Ali

AJK: Nadeem Khalil, Usman Maroof, Mohammad Haider, Naveed Malik, Syad Hasham Shah, Sved Faraz, Faizan Saleem, Basit Ali, Raja Farhan, Danival Allah Ditta, Amir Hamza, Usman Yousaf, Aqib Liaqat, Awias Akram, Mohammad Shehzad

Abbottabad: Sajjad Ali, Afaq Ahmed, Anees Azam, Mohammad Arif, Yasir Shah, Khalid Usman, Aitizaz Habib Khan, Mehroz Rasheed, Israr Hussain, Fayaz Khan, Aqib Khan, Ahmed Khan, Adil Naz, Khayyam Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Kamran Ghulam, Arshad Iqbal

Multan: Zain Abbas, Haseebullah, Sharoon Siraj, Aamir Yamin, Muhammad Imran, Mohammad Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Sadaqat, Tahir Hussain, Ali Usman, Zeeshan Ashraf, Sirajuddin, Faisal Akram, Ali Majid

Peshawar: Sahibzada Farhan, Adil Amin, Israrulllah, Maaz Ahmad Sadaqat, Nabi Gul, Amir Azmat, Imran Khan Snr, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Niaz Khan, Sajid Khan, Usman Tariq, Azam Khan, Mohammad Haris, Iftikhar Ahmed

FATA: Khushdil Shah, Usman Khan Shinwari, Salman Khan, Kashif Noor, Azaz Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Sarwar Afridi, Mohammad Riaz Khan, Rehan Afridi, Asif Afridi, Maaz Khan, Irfanullah Shah, Akif Javed, Shahid Aziz, Samiullah Jnr

Islamabad: Rohail Nazir, Sarmad Bhatti, Ali Imran, Hassan Nawaz, Sudais Ulfat, Musa Khan, Mohammad Arham, Umair Afridi, Mohammad Arsal Sheikh, Mohammad Shavan Sheikh, Mohammad Hammad, Salman Khan, Hammad Siddique, Azan Tariq, Farmanullah Khan, Haris Raut, Imad Wasim

Lahore Blues: Imran Butt, Hussain Talat, Umar Siddiq, Rizwan Hussain, Nisar Ahmed, Junaid Ali, Shahwaiz Irfan, Mohammad Waheed, Hunain Shah, Umaid Asif, Asfand Mehran, Kashif Bhatti, Salman Irshad, Qasim Akram, Hashim Ibraheem

Bahawalpur: Ali Imran, Mohammad Sudais, Mohammad Faizan Zafar, Mohammad Wasim Bhatti, Mohammad Shahrivar, Abdul Hadi, Mohammad Naveed Yousaf, Aun Shehzad, Mohammad Shahid Mirani, Husnain Majid, Mohammad Junaid, Mohammad Asif Ali, Mohammad Adeel Ur Rehman, Shayan Khalil, Syed Khurram Ali Shah

DM Jamali: Usama Khalil, Zubair Khan Mengal, Mohammad Deen, Mohammad Avaz, Abdul Rauf, Shoaib Ahmed, Fahad Hussain, Hidayatullah, Saleem Mal, Zahoor Ahmed, Mohammad Shahid, Mohammad Ikram, Aftab Ahmed

Larkana: Umar Khalid, Israr-ul-Haq, Mohammad Aqeel Danish, Ghulam Raza Mahar, Mohsin Ali, Mohsin Raza, Sabit Ali, Mushtaq Ahmed Kalhoro, Imtiaz Ali, Asif Ali Jnr, Ali Haider, Faraz Aziz, Ali Asghar, Mehrooz Ali, Mohammad Umar, Zahid Mehmood

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