LAHORE The Pakistan Cricket Board and Faysal Bank inked a partnership deal on Monday for the National Twenty20 Cup which starts here at the Gaddafi Stadium from October 10. The opening match will be played between Peshawar Panthers and Multan Tigers. In a sponsorship signing ceremony at the local hotel, PCB Chief Operating Officer Wasim Bari said that the three-year partnership would go a long way in improving the standard of domestic cricket in the country. We look forward to partnering with Faysal Bank in order to further strengthen the domestic game in line with our vision of providing opportunities at the grass root level, said Bari. Faysal Banks Country Retail Head Aarij Ali said: Sponsoring cricket is one way for Faysal Bank to contribute back to society. This sponsorship is for a period of three years and we look forward to this exciting new association with PCB and hope that this relationship will take Pakistani cricket to new heights. The tournament will be played from October 10 to 16. All the matches will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. The teams have been divided into four groups, with three teams bracketed in one group each while and one group has four teams. Group winners will automatically qualify for the semi-finals. Three matches will be played everyday with the matches starting at 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 8:00 pm. The 13 teams that will participate in the tournament are: Peshawar Panthers, Multan Tigers, Lahore Lions, Quetta Bears, Sialkot Stallions, Rawalpindi Rams, Karachi Zebras, Faisalabad Wolves, Islamabad Leopards, Abbottabad Falcons, Karachi Dolphins, Lahore Eagles and Hyderabad Hawks. All leading national players will be representing their respective regional teams.