Sports, ICCST & The Famous Forties

It has always been the objective of the college to produce cadets who would excel both in academics as well as in sports. Apart from having a rigorous daily program of physical exercise and drill, every student is required to participate in outdoor sports every single day of the week in the evenings.

The college has extensive facilities and grounds for cricket, hockey, football (soccer), basketball, tennis, athletic tracks and squash. In addition, the college has a beautiful swimming pool and a shooting range. The riding club offers an opportunity to learn horseback riding and equestrian sports. Additionally, the college has facilities for almost all sorts of indoor games and sports like badminton, table tennis, etc.

Inter-house sports competitions and tournaments are held every year for each sport. Every house has its own teams. Points scored in Inter House Sports competitions count towards the Champions Trophy.

In addition, the College teams compete in every sport against teams of other colleges and institutions. The best cadets are chosen to be members of the college teams.

The following are lists of Captains of the College Teams for the different Outdoor Sports:

And following are lists of captains of the College Teams for the different Indoor Sports:

ISSST / ICCST and the Famous Forties

"Inter Services Schools Sports Tournament" or ISSST was established in 1961 as a competition between “services schools” of Pakistan.  The idea was first conceived by Col. Coombes in 1959, who lobbied with GHQ, NHQ and Air HQ. He was able to get all the services schools to agree to participate in this tournament. During the upcoming years, the participating schools were  Cadet College Petaro, Cadet College Hasan Abdal, Military College Jhelum, PAF Public School Lower Topa and PAF College Sargodha.

The venue used to be at one of these cadet colleges / public schools by rotation.

President Field Marshal Mohammed Ayub Khan donated the ISSST Championship Shield, which would be awarded to the college that won overall during the tournament. Hasan Abdal presented the “Football Challenge Cup” for this tournament.

The first ISSST was hosted by Cadet College Hasan Abdal in December 1961. Hasan Abdal and Jhelum scored equally, and were the joint champions in the first tournament. Sargodha had not participated. Major General Umrao Khan was the Chief Guest. The results were as follows:

Participant Cricket Hockey Basketball Football Shooting Athletics Total
MC Jhelum 3 4 2 4 2 4 19
CC Hasan Abdal 4 3 4 3 3 2 19
CC Petaro 1 2 1 2 4 3 13
PAF Lower Topa 2 1 3 1 1 1 9

On the side, they also held the following Indoor Games / Activities which were not counted in the tournament:

  • Chess competition - Masroor Beg of Petaro won

  • Carrom Board competition - Lower Topa won

  • Draughts - Hasan Abdal won

  • Brains Trust - Petaro won

  • Spelling Bee - Lower Topa won

The Second ISSST:

Military College Jhelum hosted the Second Games in December 1962. Jhelum won the trophy. The results of these games are as follows:

Participant Football Hockey Basketball Cricket Shooting Boxing Athletics Total
MC Jhelum 5 5 3 2 2 2 5 24
CC Petaro 3 2 1 5 5 3 3 22
CC Hasan Abdal 2 3 2 3 3 5 2 20
PAF Lower Topa 1 1 5 1 1 1 1 11

The Indoor Games / Activities which were not counted in the tournament yielded following results:

  • Table Tennis - Jhelum won

  • Chess competition - Hasan Abdal won

  • Carrom Board competition - Hasan Abdal won

  • Draughts - Jhelum won

  • Brains Trust - Petaro won

  • Spelling Bee - Lower Topa won

The Third ISSST:

Cadet College Petaro hosted the Third Games in December 1963. Jhelum won the trophy.

The Fourth ISSST:

Cadet College Hasan Abdal hosted the Fourth Games in December 1964. Hasan Abdal won the trophy.

The Fifth ISSST:

Military College Jhelum hosted the Fourth Games in December 1965. Jhelum won the trophy.

The Sixth ISSST:

Cadet College Petaro hosted the Sixth Games in December 1966. Hasan Abdal did not participate. Petaro won the trophy. The results of these games are as follows:

Participant Football Hockey Basketball Cricket Shooting Athletics Total
CC Petaro 5 2 5 5 5 5 27
MC Jhelum 3 3 2 3 3 3 17
PAF Lower Topa 2 5 3 2 2 2 16

The Seventh ISSST:

Cadet College Hasan Abdal hosted the Seventh Games in November 1967. Petaro won the trophy. The results of these games are as follows:

Participant Football Hockey Basketball Cricket Shooting Athletics Total
CC Petaro 5 2 5 5 3 5 25
MC Jhelum 2.5 4 3 2.5 5 3 20
CC Hasan Abdal 2.5 4 2 2.5 2 2 15

The Eighth ICCST:

From 1968 onwards, this tournament was renamed as ICCST - which stands for "Inter Cadet Colleges Sports Tournament". 

Military College Jhelum hosted the Eighth Games in December 1968. Petaro won the trophy. The results of these games are as follows:

Participant Football Hockey Basketball Cricket Athletics Total
CC Petaro 3 5 5 5 5 23
MC Jhelum 5 ? ? ? 1 ?
PAF Sargodha ? ? ? ? 3 ?
CC Kohat ? ? ? ? 2 ?
CC Hasan Abdal ? ? ? ? 0 ?

The Ninth ICCST:

Cadet College Petaro hosted the Ninth Games in December 1969. Petaro won the trophy. The results of these games are as follows:

Participant Football Hockey Basketball Cricket Shooting Athletics Total
CC Petaro 5 5 5 5 5 2 27
PAF Sargodha 3 3 3 0 2 5 16
MC Jhelum 1 1 1 3 3 3 12
CC Kohat 2 2 2 1 0 1 8
CC Hasan Abdal 0 0 0 2 1 0 3

Petaro never won the Championship Shield until the year 1966. Prior to that, Petaro used to win primarily the Shooting Tournament in ISSST. It lost in most other sports to CCH, MCJ and Lower Topa.

When Petaro won 1966, it became a great event for us. And then we never looked back. We also won 1967, 1968 and 1969.

The win of 1966, 1967 and 1968 was celebrated to the extent that the Petaro contingents of those three years have gone down in the annals of Petaro as the "Famous Forties". The contingent used to be of around 40 cadets. It was always considered to be a matter of prestige to be a member of the contingent of 40 that would go and compete against the other colleges.

After 1969, ICCST was abandoned.  Hasan Abdal and Jhelum claimed that Petaro was inducting professional sportsmen as students which was not the case. Petaro had invested in good coaching and proper training, and that was their secret. With objections from other colleges, ICCST came to an end.

Over the past decade or more, this tournament has been revived in a way in the form of the event between the 4 cadet colleges of Sindh i.e. Petaro, Cadet College Sanghar, Cadet College Larkana and Cadet College Steel Mills Karachi.  Petaro has been in the lead during most of the years. 

During 2005-2007, Petaro made an attempt to revive the ICCST on a national level again by trying to invite all cadet colleges of Pakistan to participate. Unfortunately, most of the cadet colleges either declined or did not respond. So after repeated efforts, this matter was dropped from the agenda of the Board of Governors of Cadet College Petaro.