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    PCB announce schedule for PSL4; 5 matches (including Final) in Karachi & 3 matches in Lahore

    With two months to go, the PCB announces schedule of HBL PSL 2019

    Last eight matches of 34 to be played in Pakistan with Lahore hosting three and Karachi staging five, including the March 17 final

    HBL PSL 2019 is one of PCBs marquee events and a gateway to resumption of international cricket in Pakistan

    Players vow to do better in HBL PSL 2019 than previous editions; former captains AB de Villiers, Steve Smith and Brendan Taylor set to make debuts



    Lahore December 14, 2018: The countdown to the start of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 began today as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the schedule of the event, which will kick-off with the tournament opener between defending champions Islamabad United and the sixth team* in Dubai on February 14, 2019 and culminate with the final in Karachi on March 17, 2019.

    Thirty-four (34) matches will be played in the fourth edition and for the first time in the short history of this highly successful and much-awaited tournament, Lahore and Karachi will share eight matches between them at the backend of the 32-day event.

    Karachis National Stadium will host the first of their five matches on March 7, 2019 when Karachi Kings will take on Peshawar Zalmi under lights. The other four matches will be: Karachi Kings versus Quetta Gladiators on March 10, 2019, Qualifier 1 versus Qualifier 2 on March 13, 2019, Eliminator 2 on March 15, 2019 and the final on March 17, 2019

    The iconic Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will be the venue of three matches, namely: Lahore Qalandars versus Islamabad United on March 9, 2019, Lahore Qalandars versus the Sixth team on March 10, 2019 and Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) on March 12, 2019. All the three matches will be played under floodlights.

    In addition to the Gaddafi Stadium and National Stadium, 14 matches will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, four matches will be held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and eight matches will be staged at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah.

    According to the event format, each side will play the other twice with the top-four after 30 event matches advancing to the play-offs. In the March 13, 2019 Qualifier, the table-toppers will play the second-placed side with the winner progressing to the final. The losing side will get a second chance to qualify for the final when, in the March 15, 2019 Eliminator 2, they will play the winner of March 12, 2019 Eliminator 1, which will be between the third and fourth-placed sides.

    The PCB is delighted to announce the schedule of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019, which marks two months to go to one of the PCBs marquee events which continues to grow in reputation and stature.

    The PCB is committed to working harder to make the HBL PSL an even bigger and better tournament, with the focus being to provide top notch playing facilities to the players, increase the fan base and provide the followers complete entertainment, and ensure all interests of our key stakeholders are adequately and professionally taken care of.

    The PCB believes the HBL PSL is a gateway to resumption of international cricket in Pakistan. By successfully staging eight matches in Lahore and Karachi with the support of the local authorities, the PCB is optimistic that it will once again prove to the world that Pakistan is as safe and secure a place as any other part of the world to play international cricket.

    The PCB would like to thank its esteemed commercial partners, including title sponsors HBL, for their continued support and patronage. Without the involvement and commitment of the sponsors, no event can be organised successfully. The PCB is confident that the strong and successful HBL PSL brand will also help the PCBs commercial partners to secure maximum exposure and coverage both within and outside Pakistan.


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    So games in Abu Dhabi for the first time.


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    Finally opening game for Lahore. This is our year


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    As always the psl should be fun and competitive. Can't wait for more games in pak, might have to fly out there.

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    Waseem Khan really needs to clean up the pcb and get rid of the dead wood on a war footing. Just read that the pcb requested each franchise to submit their respective financial details to the pcb as part of the process of revisiting the psl financial model and so that the pcb can apply to the govt for tax exemption.

    However someone in the pcb has leaked the franchises financial details with all the competing franchises which has infuriated the franchises and they are now vowing never to trust the pcb with such confidential data ever again.

    On another note, the article also mentioned that the pcb got a major boost in a fresh broadcast deal for the psl to the tune of $40 million. Now that is not bad at all for a league that is not even being played in Pakistan

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    According to media reports, Subhan Ahmed leaked the confidential consolidated document with all the franchises. This is completely unacceptable and he needs to be shown the door for this. We talk about fresh blood in the team, how about fresh blood in the pcb across the board now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    According to media reports, Subhan Ahmed leaked the confidential consolidated document with all the franchises. This is completely unacceptable and he needs to be shown the door for this. We talk about fresh blood in the team, how about fresh blood in the pcb across the board now?
    Time to get rid if that leach, not sure how this guy can hold onto his seat ever since Wasim Bari as chairman I guess. If i can remember he is there working closely with every chairman for the past decade

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    Quote Originally Posted by ask_analyse_act View Post
    Time to get rid if that leach, not sure how this guy can hold onto his seat ever since Wasim Bari as chairman I guess. If i can remember he is there working closely with every chairman for the past decade
    According to a odd logic i have heard there is not a single ex cricketer or official in pakistan to run the job like subhan ahmed as he knows all the rules and regulation .that is why he is untouchable
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    Balochistan CM asks PCB for PSL match in Quetta

    QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has expressed his desire that one match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) should be played in Quetta.

    In a letter to Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani, Mr Alyani said: It has been ages since an international match was played in Quetta. The people of Balochistan are peace-loving and sports fanatic. It has been their persistent desire that one of the prestigious PSL concluding matches should be played in Quetta.

    The chief minister said Bugti Stadium in Quetta was well-equipped to cater for a crowd of thousands of cricket lovers.

    He said: The law and order situation in Quetta and generally throughout Balochistan is salubrious for affording the public an opportunity to express their enthusiasm for national and international players.

    Mr Alyani told Mr Mani that his province shall hold in high spirit a congenital consideration if he took the utmost interest by making it possible to conduct one match of the last stage of PSL 2019 in Quetta.

    The government of Balochistan will spare no efforts untamed to make the event memorable for players, officials and spectators in years to come, he assured Mr Mani.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1462318/ba...atch-in-quetta

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeeraq View Post
    QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has expressed his desire that one match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) should be played in Quetta.

    In a letter to Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani, Mr Alyani said: “It has been ages since an international match was played in Quetta. The people of Balochistan are peace-loving and sports fanatic. It has been their persistent desire that one of the prestigious PSL concluding matches should be played in Quetta.”

    The chief minister said Bugti Stadium in Quetta was well-equipped to cater for a crowd of thousands of cricket lovers.

    He said: “The law and order situation in Quetta and generally throughout Balochistan is salubrious for affording the public an opportunity to express their enthusiasm for national and international players.”

    Mr Alyani told Mr Mani that his province shall hold in high spirit a congenital consideration if he took the utmost interest by making it possible to conduct one match of the last stage of PSL 2019 in Quetta.

    “The government of Balochistan will spare no efforts untamed to make the event memorable for players, officials and spectators in years to come,” he assured Mr Mani.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1462318/ba...atch-in-quetta
    Good luck with that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeeraq View Post
    QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has expressed his desire that one match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) should be played in Quetta.

    In a letter to Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani, Mr Alyani said: “It has been ages since an international match was played in Quetta. The people of Balochistan are peace-loving and sports fanatic. It has been their persistent desire that one of the prestigious PSL concluding matches should be played in Quetta.”

    The chief minister said Bugti Stadium in Quetta was well-equipped to cater for a crowd of thousands of cricket lovers.

    He said: “The law and order situation in Quetta and generally throughout Balochistan is salubrious for affording the public an opportunity to express their enthusiasm for national and international players.”

    Mr Alyani told Mr Mani that his province shall hold in high spirit a congenital consideration if he took the utmost interest by making it possible to conduct one match of the last stage of PSL 2019 in Quetta.

    “The government of Balochistan will spare no efforts untamed to make the event memorable for players, officials and spectators in years to come,” he assured Mr Mani.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1462318/ba...atch-in-quetta
    Won't happen this season. Maybe in 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeeraq View Post
    QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has expressed his desire that one match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) should be played in Quetta.

    In a letter to Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani, Mr Alyani said: It has been ages since an international match was played in Quetta. The people of Balochistan are peace-loving and sports fanatic. It has been their persistent desire that one of the prestigious PSL concluding matches should be played in Quetta.

    The chief minister said Bugti Stadium in Quetta was well-equipped to cater for a crowd of thousands of cricket lovers.

    He said: The law and order situation in Quetta and generally throughout Balochistan is salubrious for affording the public an opportunity to express their enthusiasm for national and international players.

    Mr Alyani told Mr Mani that his province shall hold in high spirit a congenital consideration if he took the utmost interest by making it possible to conduct one match of the last stage of PSL 2019 in Quetta.

    The government of Balochistan will spare no efforts untamed to make the event memorable for players, officials and spectators in years to come, he assured Mr Mani.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1462318/ba...atch-in-quetta
    Wont be for another 20 years.

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    Foreign stars reflect on their HBL PSL experience

    Lahore, 8 February 2019:

    The HBL Pakistan Super League is one of the most exciting, challenging and competitive cricket leagues in the world and the appearance of 77 foreign international cricket stars over the past three editions is a testament to this statement.

    England leads the pack of fielding most number of players – 24 – followed by the West Indies (17), South Africa (nine), Bangladesh (seven), Australia and New Zealand (six each), Sri Lanka (four), Zimbabwe (two) and Afghanistan and the Netherlands (one each).

    From Andre Russell, who was the leading wicket-taker in the inaugural event in 2016, to Luke Ronchi, the most prolific batsman in the previous edition, there have been number of foreign internationals who have produced stunning performances to contribute in making the league what it is today.

    While the fans and supporters of the league have appreciated their contributions and performances, the players have never minced words in expressing their gratitude. This has a formed a unique bonding between the foreign players and the Pakistan cricket fans which continues to get stronger and stronger with every passing edition.

    In this article, we hear from some of the stars about their experiences of playing in the HBL PSL.

    Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United)

    The wicket-keeper opening batsman from New Zealand topped the batting charts in the third HBL PSL with 435 runs at a staggering strike-rate of 182.00.

    Ronchi was the backbone of Islamabad United’s second title as he scored five half-centuries in 11 innings, including 52 off 26 balls in the final against Peshawar Zalmi in Karachi.

    Ronchi recalls: "There was a lot of excitement all around when we landed in Karachi for the HBL PSL final last year. The energy in the city was amazing and it felt like we were part of a big festival.

    “Winning the HBL PSL trophy for Islamabad United in Karachi is a memory that I will cherish for a long time. The game got pretty close for our liking in the end, but it was nice to see the fans getting to watch some exciting cricket."

    Daren Sammy (Peshawar Zalmi)

    The West Indies all-rounder took over the leadership duties in the second HBL PSL in 2017 and in his very first assignment as captain, won the title for Zalmi in the historic final in Lahore.

    Due to his enterprising captaincy and four years association with the franchise, the Zalmi fans share special love with him.

    "I have a very special relationship with Pakistan and every time I interact with Pakistani fans or play in front of them, it just fills my heart with so much joy,” Sammy says.

    “When we all took that first step with the HBL PSL 2017 final in Lahore, we knew we were doing something much more important than just playing a game of cricket. From that point onwards, we have seen a slow but very steady return of high-profile cricket to Pakistan.

    “Seeing young kids in Pakistan enjoying the game at the stadium, hopefully learning a thing or two from some of us cricketers, and then going on to be a part of the next generation of cricketers, that is just a beautiful feeling to have. I am just very glad that I was able to play a small but meaningful role in this entire process.”

    Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings)

    The England all-rounder was the most talked about overseas cricketer in the inaugural edition of HBL PSL in 2016. Bopara finished the tournament with 329 runs and 11 wickets, the highlight being his 43-ball 71 not out innings followed by six wickets for 16 runs against Lahore Qalandars in Sharjah. He also took three wickets in the Eliminator against Zalmi in Lahore last year.

    "The energy in Lahore last year was amazing. I cannot forget how the fans welcomed us with open arms and all of them - young and old - had incredible passion for the game.

    “I remember it rained a lot before our game against Zalmi and the organisers brought in helicopters to get the field ready. That is how much it meant to them," says Bopara.

    Liam Dawson (Peshawar Zalmi)

    In his very first match for the Zalmi, the England all-rounder bagged three wickets for 20 runs against Qalandars in Sharjah in 2018 – the best figures by an overseas player on HBL PSL debut.

    Dawson’s performance was one of the driving forces behind Zalmi’s journey to the final in the last HBL PSL.

    He is best remembered for taking three wickets for 17 runs in a must-win game against Karachi Kings in 2018, and also played two knock-out matches for Zalmi in Lahore and the final in Karachi.

    Reflecting on his time, Dawson says: "I had the pleasant experience of playing three games in Pakistan last year and I have to say that the crowds in Pakistan are just on another level. They obviously want more cricket back home so each game was a special experience for us as players.

    “I remember having the option of heading back to Dubai after the play-off in Lahore and then flying back to Karachi for the final but once I got there and saw the way everything was organised, it just felt very safe and I stayed on. I am glad that I made that choice."


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    why only one from afghan?
    and who is the lone one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The cricket enthusiast View Post
    why only one from afghan?
    and who is the lone one?
    Because Afghanistan is playing a series with Ireland and this will overlap with the entire PSL.

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    I think we are only season or 2 away from the entire PSL to be shifted to Pakistan.

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    I would have been happier if Karachi matches were reduced and a couple were played in Pindi or Peshawar. It is PAKISTAN Super League after all.


    Mein inko rolaonga

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    I would have been happier if Karachi matches were reduced and a couple were played in Pindi or Peshawar. It is PAKISTAN Super League after all.
    Hopefully next year we get one or two games in Rawalpindi and/or Multan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    I would have been happier if Karachi matches were reduced and a couple were played in Pindi or Peshawar. It is PAKISTAN Super League after all.
    Not feasible right now. They are planning on playing at more venues in Pakistan next year, but it will lead to higher costs.


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    Jonty Rhodes to commentate in HBL Pakistan Super League

    • Rhodes replaces Michael Slater who is unavailable due to some personal reasons

    • Thrilled to be heading out to UAE and Pakistan for PSL 2019 as part of a fantastic commentary team: Rhodes

    Lahore, February 10:

    One of the most celebrated cricketers from South Africa, Jonty Rhodes has been added to the HBL Pakistan Super League commentary panel. Rhodes replaces Michael Slater who has pulled out of the 2019 league edition due to some personal reasons.

    Rhodes was one of the most popular cricketers in the 90s whose outstanding fielding abilities made him a household name in the cricketing world including Pakistan, Rhodes is keenly looking forward to being part of the HBL PSL both in the UAE and Pakistan.

    “I have fond memories of my various tours to Pakistan, so you can imagine how thrilled I am to be heading out to UAE and Pakistan for PSL 2019 as part of a fantastic commentary team. Having played and coached there during my career, I know how much exciting talent the country holds and I look forward to giving my take on the competition and the players on show.”

    Since retiring from international game, Rhodes has been involved with cricket in various capacities including commentary and broadcast.

    Rhodes would be joining the HBL PSL on 21 February during the Sharjah leg; he would stay on for the entire duration of the league from there including the matches in Pakistan.

    The HBL PSL begins in Dubai on Thursday, 14 February with the opening ceremony followed by the first game between defending champions Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars.


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    Foreign stars who dominated HBL PSL headlines

    Lahore, 11 February 2019:


    The HBL Pakistan Super League has been a platform for not only local players, but also for the talent from other parts of the world to showcase their skills. The league in its three editions so far has seen 77 players from various countries perform in T20 cricket.

    The foreign players are an integral part of the HBL PSL and have played a vital role in making it successful across the globe. Foreign players have won all the three player of the final awards – Dwayne Smith (2016), Daren Sammy (2017) and Luke Ronchi (2018).

    In this article, we take a look at some of the overseas players who set the tournament alight.


    Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United)

    The former New Zealand opener had a dull start to his HBL PSL career in 2018, but once he took off, he became an unstoppable force. Ronchi bagged ducks in two of his first four innings, but in the following seven innings he registered five half-centuries, including a 39-ball 94 not out against Karachi Kings in the Qualifier and 52 off 26 balls against Peshawar Zalmi in the final.

    Ronchi finished the tournament as the highest run-getter scoring 435 runs at an average of 43.50 and a strike-rate of 182.00.

    Even though he has featured in only one HBL PSL, his impact on the tournament has been as good as any other foreign player. He was also named player-of-the-tournament of HBL PSL 2018.


    Andre Russell (Islamabad United/Multan Sultans)

    The Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell moves to Multan Sultans for this season after being part of two title-winning Islamabad United sides.

    Russell was the leading wicket-taker in the inaugural tournament which United won in 2016. He took 16 wickets at an average of 17.25, including valuable scalps of Kevin Pietersen and Kumar Sangakkara in the final against the Gladiators in Dubai.

    The all-rounder missed the 2017 tournament and had a short 2018 event due to injury, but he did manage to hand United a victory when he, along with Asif Ali, were sent to chase 16 off 6 balls in the Super Over against Lahore Qalandars after the game was tied.


    Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings)

    The England star can lay a claim to have produced the greatest all-round performance in T20 cricket. Playing for Karachi Kings in the first HBL PSL in 2016, Bopara scored 71 not out off 43 balls against the Qalandars and took six wickets for just 16 runs, the best figures in the HBL PSL.

    He was also named player of the tournament in the inaugural tournament after scoring 329 runs at 54.83 and taking 11 wickets at 13.81.

    Bopara has been a regular member of the Karachi team and will be playing his fourth season with them in HBL PSL 2019.

    Overall, he has scored 571 runs, taken 15 wickets and 14 catches.


    Shane Watson (Islamabad United/Quetta Gladiators)

    The Australian all-rounder is statistically the best overseas batsman in HBL PSL. With 684 runs at 29.73, he is the highest run-getter and has also hit the highest number of sixes (43).


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    HBL Pakistan Super League to observe Childhood Cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness Days

    Childhood Cancer Awareness Day to be observed on 15 February

    Breast Cancer Awareness (Pink Ribbon Day) to be observed on 10 March

    Dubai, 13 February 2019:

    The HBL Pakistan Super League continues to make an impact on and off the field with collaborations aimed at making a difference in various spheres of life.

    During the fourth edition that commences in Dubai on Thursday 14 February, the league will observe Childhood Cancer Awareness and Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Days.

    The Childhood Cancer Awareness Day will be observed on Friday, 15 February (International Child Hood Cancer Awareness Day).

    Multan Sultans take on Karachi Kings in the opening match of the day followed by a game between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators.

    All four teams will be wearing the Golden Ribbon synonymous with Childhood Cancer Awareness while the match commentators would also wear the ribbon.

    Various match related equipment including the stumps will be themed as per the Childhood Cancer Awareness theme.

    The Dubai International Stadium (Venue for the matches on 15 February) will also be themed accordingly.

    HBL PSL partners Jubilee Insurance would be flying in a child cancer patient and his caretaker for the game.

    On Sunday, 10 March the HBL PSL matches will be hosted in Karachi and Lahore. In the first match of the day at National Stadium Karachi, Karachi Kings will play Quetta Gladiators.

    Over at Lahore, the Gaddafi Stadium will see Lahore Qalandars take on the Multan Sultans, all four teams will be wearing the Pink Ribbon synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

    Match commentators will also be wearing the ribbon while various match related equipment including the stumps will be themed as per the Breast Cancer Awareness theme.

    The two stadiums will also be themed accordingly.


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    Preview - Who will win the HBL PSL 2019? Can anyone answer?

    AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Andre Russell, Luke Ronchi, Dwayne Bravo, Rilee Rossouw, Daren Sammy, Kieron Pollard and Dan Christian are some of the foreign stars who will feature in the fourth edition of one of the most popular leagues

    Eight of 34 matches will be played in Pakistan with Lahore staging three and Karachi hosting five, including the 17 March final

    Pitbull to lead galaxy of stars at the glittering opening ceremony, which will start 2000 Dubai time; Islamabad United to launch title defence against Lahore Qalandars at 2200 Dubai time

    Dubai, 13 February 2019:

    The HBL Pakistan Super League is getting bigger and bigger with every passing year and with every edition. Fittingly, the fourth edition will be biggest of all the past editions as it will have the spice of one of world’s most destructive batsmen, Abraham Benjamin de Villiers - fondly referred to as AB.

    Not only AB de Villiers’ presence will add charm to the PSL, his sentiments on playing his part on the revival of international cricket in Pakistan will give a tremendous boost to the efforts of the PCB in convincing the teams and international players to return to the country where people are mad about the game.

    “I am delighted to confirm that I will represent Lahore Qalandars in front of our home crowds on 9 and 10 March, during the HBL PSL 2019,” de Villiers had said last month. “I am fully aware that cricket is like a second religion in Pakistan. I still remember the support and appreciation we received in 2007 (South Africa tour to Pakistan).

    “Furthermore, I feel I have a role to play in helping international cricket return to Pakistan. These have been some of the motivating factors for me to return to Lahore.

    “I sympathise with the people of Pakistan because they have been cricket-starved for no fault of theirs, but I am optimistic that the days are not too far when international cricket will return to Pakistan and the stadia will once again be packed with crowds."

    And, mind you, people have started to count the days when they could see one of the cleanest hitters in the game in their backyard. AB playing in Pakistan will be one of the many charms of PSL 4 and Lahore’s matches at home will be on an astronomical demand.

    But, AB is not the only start attraction of the tournament.

    We have Shane Watson, Andre Russell, Luke Ronchi, Dwayne Bravo, Rilee Rossouw, Fawad Ahmed, Daren Sammy, Kieron Pollard, Liam Dawson, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Dan Christian, Sikander Raza, Anoton Devicich, Brendon Taylor, Samit Patel and host of other international names lined up to entertain the crowds.

    Some most exciting players on the Twenty20 horizons are also on show.

    Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane, Australia’s Aaron Summers and exciting performers from England’s Twenty20 event, Laurie Evans, Philip Salt and Liam Livingstone will also add to the PSL charms. Evans was the top run-getter in England’s Twenty20 event while Summers hit 150kph speed in Australian summer matches and was part of Hobart Hurricane in the Big Bash 2018-19.

    For our own national players this year’s PSL is more important for the fact that its the World Cup year. Albeit, it’s a slightly longer format (50-over) but head coach Mickey Arthur’s announcement that a good performance in the PSL can get a player a ticket to the World Cup has added more charm for the players.

    So, players like Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz - who have lost their places in the squad - should pull up their socks and give the PSL their best.

    Also, some youngsters like opener Rizwan Hussain, Sameen Gul, Hassan Khan, Ammad Butt et al, have the chance of their lives to fulfill their dreams of playing for Pakistan through some good performances in this year’s PSL.

    Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani reiterated the objectives of the PSL.

    “It is a fact that it provides a platform for our emerging players to perform and to get lauded. Its a great opportunity for them to play in a competitive environment and learn from some top international players,” said Mani.

    Also the fact that PSL has been the harbinger for the return of international cricket to Pakistan.

    The second edition in 2017 saw the final played in Lahore, while last year three matches were held, including the final. This year eight matches will be held - five in Karachi, including March 17 final – and three in Lahore.

    “Our ultimate goal is to bring back international cricket to the country for which we have schedule eight PSL matches in Pakistan for the first time,” Mani said.

    Pakistan government under the legendary cricketer and inspiring captain Imran Khan has vowed to do all out efforts to bring full PSL back to Pakistan next year.

    Who will win the PSL? Can anyone answer?

    No, for the fact that Twenty20 cricket is highly unpredictable. A good performance with the bat, a burst of wickets or a good fielding (like we saw in the first Twenty20 between Pakistan and South Africa when David Miller's four catches and two run-outs) can turn a game upside down.

    So, everyone can have their guesses but the team which plays well on that particular day take the honours.

    All six teams are well balanced, highly motivated and best prepared to take the 50,000 full-of- crystal trophy which is a representation of the Pakistani flag in all its sparkling beauty, with crystals one by one rising up as a dazzling green beam and shows off the majestic Shooting Star at the pinnacle.


    From the most vibrant franchise Lahore Qalandars to the newest team Multan Sultans to the twice champions Islamabad United and one-time winners Peshawar Zalmi, to the most enthusiastic Karachi Kings to the unassuming twice runners-up Quetta Gladiators, every team promises tooth-to-nail fight for the honours.

    Remember one-run wins (twice between Quetta and Peshawar in 2016 and 2017) and two Super Over finishes (both involving Lahore in 2018) left the spectators on the edges of their seats.

    So, once again it is the time to gear up for another exciting season of PSL where a galaxy of stars will show their skills.

    Its apt to say US rapper Pitbull will sing his famous “get it started” and “don’t stop the party” chart busters at the opening ceremony on Thursday at 2000 Dubai time. Action will begin right after the opening ceremony when defending champions Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars will go toe to toe in the tournament opener.

    Fixtures for Friday:

    Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings, Dubai (1430 Pakistan time)

    Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators, Dubai (2100 Pakistan time)


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    HBL PSL made me a Pakistan player, says Fakhar Zaman

    Dubai, 13 February 2019:


    Fakhar Zaman has made great strides in greens. His dashing batting has enthralled the Pakistan fans to an extent that they expect him to score in every match he plays.

    The man from Mardan became the first Pakistan batsman to score a double century in an ODI. That came in the series against Zimbabwe last July, where he also achieved the record of scoring 515 runs in five games.

    A left-handed opener with a good back lift and a daring approach at the crease, Fakhar's strongest asset is his timing and that he is not afraid of the ball coming at any speed.

    Recruited as a sailor in Pakistan Navy on his father’s wishes, Fakhar always wanted to be a cricketer. He found his way even in the Navy and sailed through to the domestic cricket with flying colours.

    It was in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2016-17 that he made his presence felt, scoring 663 runs in the competition at an average of 51, including 170 in the second innings of the final, which his team Habib Bank won.

    But it was the Pakistan Super League where Fakhar's attacking batting was noticed.

    Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur liked his daring qualities. While Sharjeel Khan lost his way in PSL 2, it made way for Fakhar who has not looked back since. After the second edition of the PSL, where he made 177 runs in eight games, including the half century that caught the selectors and Mickey's prying eyes, looking for an opener for limited overs matches.

    A Jasprit Bumrah no-ball helped him smash a match-turning hundred at The Oval on June 18 in the ICC Champions Trophy final and Pakistan’s win over India – as a win in the old rivals’ match - made Fakhar an instant hero in the sub-continent.

    Fakhar attributes HBL Pakistan Super League as the launching pad for his career.

    “PSL played a great role in lifting my career," Fakhar said.

    “We play domestic cricket a lot and get highlighted, but at the international level we got highlighted only through the PSL. I remember I scored a half-century against Karachi Kings and after that head coach Mickey Arthur told me that I was ready for Pakistan.

    “So, players are groomed during the HBL PSL and it’s a good stage. It makes a lot of improvement in a player,” said Fakhar.

    Fakhar believes leagues like the HBL PSL gives a burgeoning player an opportunity to rub shoulder with an international player and learn.

    “I did not play in the first edition, but the next two helped me learn a lot,” remarked Fakhar. “You get a good platform and it is giving young players a very good chance to break into the Pakistan team. You improve in training, you get fitter but HBL PSL gives you good match practice. You learn new methods of training by watching international stars. You mix with the best players and play against some best players of Pakistan.

    “Even if they don’t tell anything, you get to see their work ethics. You get to know why the big players get success so you follow them.”

    So, obviously the next charm is to play with AB de Villiers, in fact open the innings with him. The former South Africa legend is a holder of the fastest century and 150 in an ODI.

    “Its a dream come true. He retired last year, so didn't get a chance to see him on our last tour to South Africa. But, he is in our team and I will be at the other end, so its a sleepless thought for me as to how I will feel.

    “Maybe, awestruck, but I will try not to be like that as I have to bat and score runs for my team.”

    Fakhar is optimistic Qalandars will not disappoint their fans in the PSL4.

    “Qalandars, I think we were one dimensional last year, we mostly had hard hitters and lacked experienced middle-order," said Fakhar, whose team had middle-order collapses to lose matches they should have won comfortably.

    “So this time we have planned to have a strong middle-order. We now have AB, Hafeez, Haris Sohail and that gives us strength,” said Fakhar who made 277 runs in 10 games in PSL 3.

    “I am very determined to score more runs and finish the games for my team.”

    Fixture for Thursday:

    Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars, Dubai (2300 Pakistan time)

    Fixtures for Friday:

    Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings, Dubai (1630 Pakistan time)
    Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators, Dubai (2100 Pakistan time)


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    Shaheen Afridi got wings at HBL PSL 3

    Dubai, 14 February 2019:

    Teenage pace sensation Shaheen Shah Afridi had taken off before the third edition of the HBL Pakistan Super League, having taken eight wickets on his first-class debut in 2017. He could have made an impression in the Bangladesh Premier League that same year when he was recommended by the National Cricket Academy head coach Mushtaq Ahmed, but his flight was cut short by a call for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 in New Zealand.

    But, Shaheen's real flight was at the HBL PSL 3 when he got wings to fly high and higher.

    It was not that he was an unknown player when Lahore Qalandars signed him. He had registered the best figures (eight for 39) by a Pakistan bowler on first-class debut. The cricket world took notice of the 1.98-metre tall bowler who could hit the 90 miles per hour mark with the ball. Within 15 months, he was being compared to Australia’s pace spearhead Mitchell Starc and legendary Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram.

    His rise to the Pakistan team began at home in Landi Kotal, a town in the Khyber District, close to the border with Afghanistan, where his elder brother Riaz, who played one Test for Pakistan in 2004, gave him his first bowling lessons.

    “I was very surprised to see an eight-year-old Shaheen wearing my pads, gloves and helmet, and wanting me to take him to the ground,” reminisces Riaz. “Our father always had that dream that one day Shaheen takes Shahid Afridi's wicket. It came about in last year’s HBL PSL.”

    It came in the match against Karachi Kings, but in respect of his more illustrious victim, Shaheen did not celebrate the prized wicket.

    His real moment, though, came in the game against Multan Sultans.

    Came as sixth bowler, Shaheen wrecked Multan Sultan’s formidable batting with figures of 3.4-1-4-5, which derailed the batting side from 97 for two to 114 all out. His victims included the experienced Shoaib Malik, Ross Whiteley, Saif Badar, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan.

    “It was a dream start for me,” said Shaheen. “From my first-class debut to the five wickets in the HBL PSL, I worked really hard and it was the reward of my hard work, advice of my elder brother and prayers of my parents.”

    Shaheen was lucky that the legendary Wasim was at hand to guide him in the Multan Sultan staff. Wasim was full of praise for the youngster.

    “Shaheen is a real asset,” Wasim said then. “I was impressed with his hard work and the ability to swing the ball. I am sure this boy will go places provided he keeps working hard and maintain fitness.”

    That HBL PSL performance capped his meteoric rise with a Twenty20 debut the very next month and then the ODI debut, followed by a Test cap in the third match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi – all last year.

    “I always had belief in my ability and in my hard work although I didn't expect my chance will come in Tests so early. I think HBL PSL opened the door for me. When I took that five-wicket haul, Mickey Arthur was really impressed and he brought me in the training sessions of Pakistan team before the West Indies Twenty20 series.”

    “My brother was my role model who taught me how to bowl and how to approach cricket with a positive frame of mind,” said Shaheen. “I owe my success to him.”

    Riaz also taught his brother a few shots to the extent that he is considered a handy hard-hitting all-rounder.

    Since his impressive first-class debut, Shaheen has continued to attract attention, finishing with 12 wickets at the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand last year and then grabbing a five-wicket haul in a Pakistan Super League match.

    Shaheen graduated to Pakistan colours in the home Twenty20 series against the West Indies in March, but real success came against New Zealand in the one-day series in which he claimed back-to-back four-wicket hauls and finished as man-of-the-series.

    Mickey, who was also head coach of Australia before joining Pakistan, likened him to Australia left-arm quick Starc.

    “Shaheen is massively talented,” said Mickey last year. “I think he is going to be a very good bowler and I think he is a guy we need to get into our emerging systems, so that we can work really hard with him. If we can put a couple of years into him, he is going to be very exceptional.

    “I had the privilege of seeing Starc when he was very young and there is a very close resemblance between the two of them. Shaheen just needs the right guidance and training and he’s going to be a star,” said Mickey.

    Just like Wasim, Shaheen had also played just three first-class matches before his first Test.

    Shaheen pressed his claims further when he took seven wickets – five of them clean bowled – in Pakistan A’s win over England Lions in their four-day match in Abu Dhabi.

    “HBL PSL four excites me no end,” said Shaheen. “I am ready to do my best for Lahore and this year we will do our best to take the trophy.”

    Friday’s fixture:

    Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings, Dubai (430pm, PST)

    Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators, Dubai (9pm, PST)

    Saturday’s fixture:

    Islamabad United v Multan Sultans, Dubai (430pm, PST)

    Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings, Dubai (9pm, PST)

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    Tickets for the Pak leg matches will go on sale today.

    Looking to book tickets for 3 matches including the final.


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