PSL “Pakistan Super League” – The Game Changer in Pakistan Cricket!
Pakistan Super League is all set to come back in 2018 – Bigger, Better, and Brighter than Ever! With the 3rd season of Pakistan Super League just around the corner, fans are anxiously waiting for the live action with a spirit at an all-time high. And they deserve it, for the league commenced after years of speculation.
In hopes that the 3rd season will outshine the preceding two seasons, let us walk you through all that went on in the first two seasons and how PSL brought the cricket glory back to Pakistan.
What PSL means to Pakistan Cricket!
In Pakistan, Cricket is more than a sport. Every kid in Pakistan grows up in a household where people plan their chores according to the match timings. Most kids play cricket, and those who don’t play it, watch it religiously.
February 4, 2016 was a historic day in Pakistan as it marked the beginning of a new era of Pakistani cricket. The idea that was first conceived in 2012 finally turned into a reality. After years of speculation, when the dust finally settled and PSL made its way to our TV screens, the fans were thrilled, to say the least.
Pakistan Super League International Players – The Star Power!
But mainly, it was the presence of big cricketing names in the league that upped the ante. While Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, and Sam Billings graced Islamabad United with their presence, it was the names like Kevin Pietorson, and Luke Wright that shone bright in Quetta Gladiators.
Peshawar Zalmi had the honor to have Darren Sammy, Dawid Malan, Tamim Iqbal that won hearts after lifting the PSL II trophy in front of the Lahori crowd. Big names like Kumar Sangakara, Chris Gayle, Mahela Jayawardene, and Ravi Bopara were included in the Karachi Kings team that made them the hot favorite of both the seasons, but unfortunately couldn’t deliver and lastly Lahore Qalandars had the privilege to play under the captaincy of Brendon McCullum.
Pakistan Super League Teams:
Imagine watching Usama Mir play with the likes of Kevin Pietersen in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. It wasn’t possible, but then Pakistan did the impossible. PSL initially started off with five teams; Lahore Qalanadars, Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Quetta Gladiators, and Peshawar Zalmi. These five teams battled out in the first two seasons but Multan Sultans is all set to debut in the third edition of Pakistan Super League.
Pakistan Super League 2018 Schedule
The Third Edition of Pakistan Super League is scheduled to kick-start from 22nd February 2018 in Dubai where the matches will be played in Dubai and Sharjah. But the news that fans are absolutely thrilled about is that the final is going to be played in Karachi with a match or two in Lahore as well, as announced by Pakistan Cricket Board. (PCB)
In the season opener, the former champion Peshawar Zalmi will take on the last team to join the league Multan Sultans. This is also the first time Six teams will fight for glory instead of Five. In the total of 30 matches, each team will face each other twice in the league stage before moving forward to the play offs that will be played from March 18 onwards.
What’s surprisingly pleasant is that this season would be the first time the two play-off matches will be played on the Pakistani soil (i-e Lahore) and the final is all set to kick off in Karachi. Want to read the entire Schedule of PSL 2018? Head over here!
Pakistan Super League official website
To stay updated on everything about Pakistan Super League out there, head over to the official website of the league where you can find the schedule, the ticket details, broadcast details, drafting, you name it. The official website of PSL goes by the name www.psl-t20.com
Pakistan Super League Live
Want to catch PSL action live? For the Television viewers, currently PTV, Geo Super, and Ten Sports are the three official broadcasting partners while cricket fans outside Pakistan can catch all the live action on Cricketgateway.
The Indian users weren’t able to catch the live action of first two editions live, however, according to the latest reports; the third edition might be broadcasted in India on DSport but we will have to see how things fall into place eventually.
Pakistan Super League anthem
The Pakistani heartthrob Ali Zafar not only penned the lyrics of the PSL anthem but he also lent his voice for the anthem. You can’t deny the fact that everything Ali Zafar touches becomes popular, and as expected, the PSL anthem under him soon turned out to be super hit.
But Ali Zafar was confident from the very beginning. In an interview, he mentioned how there has been a lack of patriotic numbers, or more appropriately, catchy patriotic numbers and his latest anthem may start the trend. On spot, boy!
PSL Schedule 2017
Though the season has passed but you still might be interested in knowing the schedule for the PSL 2017 2nd Season. Find below the table and see what the Teams were upto.
PSL Schedule 2017
|Match No.||Date||PSL 2017 Fixtures||Venue|
|1st T20||February 9, 2017||Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|2nd T20||February 10, 2017||Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|3rd T20||February 10, 2017||Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|4th T20||February 11, 2017||Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|5th T20||February 11, 2017||Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|6th T20||February 12, 2017||Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|7th T20||February 15, 2017||Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|8th T20||February 16, 2017||Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|9th T20||February 17, 2017||Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|10th T20||February 17, 2017||Karachi Kings v Islamabad United||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|11th T20||February 18, 2017||Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|12th T20||February 18, 2017||Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|13th T20||February 19, 2017||Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|14th T20||February 20, 2017||Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|15th T20||February 23, 2017||Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|16th T20||February 24, 2017||Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|17th T20||February 24, 2017||Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|18th T20||February 25, 2017||Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|19th T20||February 25, 2017||Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|20th T20||February 26, 2017||Islamabad United v Karachi Kings||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|1st Playoff||February 28, 2017||Group Positon 1 vs Group Position 2||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|2nd Playoff||March 1, 2017||Group Positon 3 vs Group Position 4||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|3rd Playoff||March 3, 2017||Winner Playoff 2 vs Runner up Playoff 1||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|Finals||March 7, 2017||Winner Playoff 1 vs Winner Playoff 3||Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Pakistan|
Pakistan Super League Highlights!
If you missed the Live action of first two editions of PSL, when Pakistan made history after they hosted international stars in Lahore, or when Darren Sammy wore a turban to pay tribute to the pukhtoons, you can watch all the highlights on the official YouTube channel of Pakistan Super League. Wait no more!
PSL has been an absolute treat for all the cricket fanatics. To see PSL finally take off to such a great start, the fans are delighted. They now have their own players to look forward to, and their own league to boast about. What are your thoughts on Pakistan Super League? Are you just as thrilled or not? Let us know in the comments section. Cheers!
Source : ARY News