Karachi Whites and Faisalabad are ready to face off in the Quaid e Azam Trophy 2023-24 final, taking place at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium from October 22 to 26.
Both teams are determined to secure the first-class title in the Quaid e Azam Trophy, marking the completion of the first premier tournament since the restoration of the 2014 Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) constitution.
Sarfaraz Ahmed, the former captain of the Pakistan cricket team who led them to victory in the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, is leading Karachi Whites, while Faisalabad is captained by the all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.
The final between Faisalabad and Karachi promises to be a thrilling contest as both sides are led by experienced international cricketers.
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Faheem Ashraf has represented Pakistan in 16 Tests and has played 73 first-class matches, while Sarfaraz Ahmed has played 53 Tests for Pakistan and boasts 173 first-class matches under his belt.
Karachi also boasts the experience of Asad Shafiq, who has had an excellent season in the ongoing Quaid e Azam Trophy, amassing 532 runs in seven matches with two centuries and as many fifties. Sarfaraz, on the other hand, has contributed 579 runs with two centuries and three half-centuries.
Faheem Ashraf expressed his team’s commitment to winning the final, stating,
“Being on top of the table has given us confidence and momentum which we will use to our advantage. We have had some extraordinary performances, individually and as a team. I have faith in the team, going into the final, as I know all the players will give their best.”
Sarfaraz Ahmed also shared his thoughts ahead of the highly anticipated final, emphasizing that the team had played excellent cricket throughout the tournament, and their primary focus was on clinching the title. He added,
“Having a mix of experienced players like Asad Shafiq, Shan Masood, and Khurram Manzoor, along with youngsters like Omair Bin Yousuf, Saim Ayub, and Ghulam Mudassar, among others, really enhances the team’s dynamics. This blend has favored our positive approach throughout the tournament.”