Central Punjab have been the centre of attraction due to their majestic and tremendous performance throughout the Quaid-e-Azam trophy. It all started with Babar Azam as their captain in the first match but, the captaincy was tilted to Azhar Ali for the next three matches. However in latter times for rest of the matches, captaincy was handed over to very talented Ahmed Shehzad, who has lead the team to the finals in way that Central Punjab has been declared as the winner of Quaid-e-Azam trophy. However, the final match has been played under Babar’s captaincy.
Ahmed has smashed back to back hundreds in the match against SPNJB before the finals steadily attributable to the prominence of his team so called Central Punjab. In matches before that, he started with an outstanding 63 at the strike rate of 33.3 in first innings in the CPNJBs first match against SPNJB but, the match was tied between the duo of opponents. Ahmed missed second, third, and fourth match respectively but, when captaincy was handed over to him from fifth match of the Central Punjab, he has shown some tremendous remarks.
Ahmed’s journey in Central Punjab again began from the fifth match of his respective team (14th of the league) when he again scored another 60 on the SR of 44.7 in the initial innings played. Leading his team with efficient excellency in further matches, he smashed another above fifty (55) in 1st innings and 3 in 2nd innings of sixth match of CPNJB against North, unfortunately, 14 of 29 against BLU in seventh match for CPNJB in 1st innings, 48 of 127 against Sindh in 1st innings and gone on duck in the 2nd innings in eight match of CPNJB and knocked his 13th magnificent first-class century in tenth match of CPNJB against SPNJB and another century in the second innings as well. Thus, he never failed to score throughout the league and that is why he is called as truculent of batting and bellicose inclination.
Ahmed failed to score even single only thrice or frice in many of the innings played. His that much efforts and the way he has lead his team into finals has showed his potential towards the game. All of the passion, he has put into it and has became the victor of the league. Ahmed has captained CPNJB in total of 6 matches. The team played total of 11 matches and the remaining 5 were lead by Babar and then Azhar. Under Ahmed’s captaincy, the respective team won one match. The rest were drawn by equal efforts of the opposition however, CPNJB lost only one under Ahmed as a skipper.
As along captain, it also concludes the team effort to be successful thoroughly, the keen efforts of all the players have remained key figure in acquiring of CPNJB in finals. Umar Akmal has stole the spotlight by his eye catching knock of 218 of 265 balls. Kamran Akmal, who has been awarded as ‘best wicket-keeper of the tournament’ did efficient with the bat as well. Zafar Gohar as ‘best all-rounder of the tournament’ and Bilal Asif as second highest wicket taker of the tournament has ended up with 8 wickets in the single innings of the final match.
How can one forget the contribution of the man with two fivers? Aizaz Cheema, who later on was called by CPNJB has retired from red ball cricket at the age of 41 with grace after contributing in an outstanding manner. The rest of the notable and prominent names who performed for the leading of their team include Salman Butt, Babar Azam and several other players have contributed well in a well-deserving victory of CPNJB against North in the finals.